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SPEC Survey Webcast Series Launched by ARL

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Scholarly Output Assessment Activities

ARL is offering a series of webcasts that present the findings from the latest SPEC surveys and allow webcast participants to discuss trends with the survey authors. A 45-minute webcast will follow the publication of each SPEC Kit in 2015.

The first webcast in this series will cover the Scholarly Output Assessment Activities survey (SPEC Kit 346), which explores current ARL member library activities that help scholars manage and measure their output and impact. These activities include assisting authors with managing their scholarly identities, providing options for creating and disseminating scholarly outputs, offering strategies to enhance discoverability of scholarly outputs, helping authors efficiently track scholarly outputs and impact, providing resources and tools to help authors assess their scholarly impact, creating publication reports and social network maps for reporting purposes, and offering guidance and training on new trends and tools for reporting of impact. This study covers library assessment services and resources, training, staffing models, partnerships with the parent institution, marketing and publicity, and future trends.

The Scholarly Output Assessment Activities webcast will review survey findings reported by ARL member libraries in January 2015. The authors will:

  • provide a snapshot of assessment of scholarly output activities undertaken by ARL member libraries;
  • show examples of exemplary services and resources; and
  • review recommendations and advice from respondents.

The webcast will also include a discussion of promising trends and conclude with a question and answer session.

Webcast Details and Registration

Title: Scholarly Output Assessment Activities
Presenters: Ruth Lewis, Cathy C. Sarli, and Amy M. Suiter, Washington University in St. Louis
Date: Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Time: 1:00–1:45 p.m. eastern daylight time
Cost: Free for 2015 SPEC Kit subscribers. $25 (USD) for all others.
Registration: Register online
Deadline: Register by Wednesday, June 10, 2015


The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 124 research libraries in the US and Canada. ARL’s mission is to influence the changing environment of scholarly communication and the public policies that affect research libraries and the diverse communities they serve. ARL pursues this mission by advancing the goals of its member research libraries, providing leadership in public and information policy to the scholarly and higher education communities, fostering the exchange of ideas and expertise, facilitating the emergence of new roles for research libraries, and shaping a future environment that leverages its interests with those of allied organizations. ARL is on the web at http://www.arl.org/.

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