ARL Digital Publications are selected publications from 2006 to the present that are available in their entirety. Some are free of charge, some are available by subscription or individual title purchase.

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  • Research Library Issues, no. 286 (2015): Special Issue on Diversity ARL, CNI, SPARC Research Library Issues, no. 286 (2015): Special Issue on Diversity
    Keyword(s): organizational development; accessibility; research libraries; diversity; climatequal; disabilities
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  • Research Library Issues, no. 285 (2015): Special Issue on Copyright ARL, CNI, SPARC Research Library Issues, no. 285 (2015): Special Issue on Copyright
    Keyword(s): RLI; copyright; fair use; HathiTrust; Authors Guild; mass digitization; Marrakesh Treaty; WIPO; intellectual property; accessibility
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  • SPEC Kit 345: Shared Print Programs (December 2014) Crist, Rebecca; Stambaugh, Emily SPEC Kit 345: Shared Print Programs (December 2014)
    Keyword(s): research library; print repository; print archive; print stewardship; collection management
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    This SPEC Kit explores the extent of ARL member libraries’ participation in shared print programs, the type and scope of programs in which they choose to participate, the rationale for participation, the value and benefits the programs provide to ARL and other libraries, and the roles different libraries are playing in them. To best explore these aspects, this study includes two surveys:

    Survey of ARL Member Libraries. ARL libraries were asked general questions about all shared print programs in which the institution participates, goals and benefits of participation, rationale for participation, and services provided. This survey did not ask about the details of a single, specific shared print program but rather about a library’s participation in shared print arrangements in general.

    Survey of Shared Print Program Managers/Coordinators. Information about a specific shared print program was gathered from shared print program managers/coordinators. This survey asked about specific business and operational models, strategies, goals, membership, collections, archiving progress, access, and other services.

    This SPEC Kit includes examples of program descriptions and memorandums of understand and member agreements.

  • SPEC Kit 344: Talent Management (November 2014) Taylor, Meredith A.; Lee, Elida SPEC Kit 344: Talent Management (November 2014)
    Keyword(s): research library; workforce planning; recruitment; retention; performance assessment
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    This SPEC Kit explores whether ARL member libraries are using talent management strategies in the recruitment, retention, and development of a workforce needed to support the transformation of academic and research libraries. This SPEC Kit investigates the following areas related to talent management: talent strategy, recruitment and hiring, retention, employee engagement, job classification management, compensation management, performance assessment, competencies, professional development planning, and leadership and succession planning. This study includes information about all library employees except student (undergraduate or graduate), temporary, seasonal, or contract employees.

    This SPEC Kit includes examples of competency models, staff development plans, and performance assessment processes.

  • ARL Statistics 2012–2013 Kyrillidou, Martha; Morris, Shaneka; Roebuck, Gary ARL Statistics 2012–2013
    Keyword(s): statistics; research library; collection expenditures; salary expenditures; operating expenditures; library personnel; public services; ILL items loaned; ILL items borrowed; library investment index
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    This edition of the ARL Statistics describes the collections, staffing, expenditures (for both print and electronic materials), and service activities of the 125 Association of Research Libraries member libraries in the US and Canada in fiscal year 2012–2013.

  • ARL Academic Law Library Statistics 2012-2013 Kyrillidou, Martha; Morris, Shaneka; Roebuck, Gary ARL Academic Law Library Statistics 2012-2013
    Keyword(s): statistics; law library; research library; collection expenditures; salary expenditures; operating expenditures; library personnel; public services; ILL items loaned; ILL items borrowed
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    ARL Academic Law Library Statistics 2012–2013presents data that describes collections, expenditures, personnel, and services in 73 law libraries at ARL member institutions in the US and Canada in fiscal year 2012–2013.

  • ARL Academic Health Sciences Library Statistics 2012-2013 Kyrillidou, Martha; Morris, Shaneka; Roebuck, Gary ARL Academic Health Sciences Library Statistics 2012-2013
    Keyword(s): ARL statistics; health sciences library; research library; collection expenditures; salary expenditures; operating expenditures; library personnel; public services; ILL items loaned; ILL items borrowed
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    ARL Academic Health Sciences Library Statistics 2012–2013 presents data that describes collections, expenditures, personnel, and services in 60 health sciences libraries at ARL member institutions in the US and Canada in fiscal year 2012–2013.

  • SPEC Kit 343: Library Support for Faculty/Researcher Publishing (October 2014) Bruxvoort, Diane; Fruin, Christine SPEC Kit 343: Library Support for Faculty/Researcher Publishing (October 2014)
    Keyword(s): research library%3B scholarly publishing%3B library services%3B scholarly communication
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    By actively participating in the research and writing process, librarians can use their subject expertise to develop new roles for themselves and devise new modes of contributing to the scholarly communication cycle. This SPEC Kit explores ARL member libraries’ activities related to support of faculty and researcher publishing of scholarly works. It investigates the level and variety of services ARL libraries are providing to support, facilitate, and participate in the publishing activities of the faculty and researchers they serve, whether through the re-framing of existing traditional library services or the development of new services.

    This SPEC Kit includes examples of publishing services offered by libraries, events that showcase faculty research and promote authors, author’s rights information, library support for repository deposits and public access policy compliance, author addenda, open access policies, and job descriptions.

  • SPEC Kit 342: Next-Gen Learning Spaces (September 2014) Brown, Sherri; Bennett, Charlie; Henson, Bruce; Valk, Alison SPEC Kit 342: Next-Gen Learning Spaces (September 2014)
    Keyword(s): research library%3B library space%3B instruction%3B programming%3B assessment
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    This SPEC Kit explores the configuration and uses of library learning spaces, the developments and transformations that have occurred over the past ten years, and future plans for learning spaces to determine where they are on a continuum between first-gen information commons and next-gen spaces. It explores five main areas related to learning spaces: what kinds of learning spaces currently exist, how these spaces have changed since their inception, and the effects these spaces have had on other library operations; the instruction, programming, and collaboration that take place in the learning spaces; and the current assessment methods for learning spaces and changes that have been made or are planned based on the results of these evaluations.

    This SPEC Kit includes examples of learning spaces, instruction spaces, floor plans and maps, marketing for spaces, programs, and instruction, space use policies and procedures, job descriptions and organization charts, and planning and assessment documents.

  • SPEC Kit 341: Digital Collections Assessment and Outreach (August 2014) Ochoa, Marilyn N.; Taylor, Laurie N.; Sullivan, Mark V. SPEC Kit 341: Digital Collections Assessment and Outreach (August 2014)
    Keyword(s): research library%3B digital collections%3B assessment%3B outreach%3B collection management
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    This SPEC Kit investigates what methods ARL member libraries use to maintain the relevancy of their locally curated digital library collections, and to continue to sustain, grow, capture return on investment, and enhance existing resources through outreach and assessment. The survey also explores current practices for integrating digital resources into the research, teaching, and learning environment.

    This SPEC Kit includes examples of digital project selection criteria, outreach and assessment guides, assessment reports, marketing plans, lesson plans, job descriptions, and works created with material from digital collections.