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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  • 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; library space; instruction; programming; assessment
    Abstract:

    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; digital collections; assessment; outreach; collection management
    Abstract:

    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.

  • SPEC Kit 340: Open Source Software (July 2014) Thacker, J. Curtis; Knutson, Charles D.; Dehmlow, Mark SPEC Kit 340: Open Source Software (July 2014)
    Keyword(s): research library; open source software; software development; library information technology; collaboration
    Abstract:

    This SPEC Kit investigated ARL member libraries’ adoption and/or development of open source software (OSS) for functions such as ILS, discovery layer, electronic resource management, inter-library loan, digital asset management, institutional repository, course reserve, streaming media, study room scheduler, digital preservation, publishing, floor maps, data warehouse, or other library-related purposes. It explored research libraries’ policies and practices on open sourcing their code; the frequency with which research libraries contribute to open source projects; whether research libraries are reluctant to make their code openly available; and the most common benefits and challenges encountered when research libraries open source their code.

    This SPEC Kit includes examples of OSS contributor agreements, licenses, copyright notices, job descriptions, and organization charts.

  • ARL Annual Salary Survey 2013–2014 Kyrillidou, Martha; Morris, Shaneka ARL Annual Salary Survey 2013–2014
    Keyword(s): research libraries; salary data; salary trends; library professional staff
    Abstract:

    This report analyzes salary data for all professional staff working in the 125 ARL member libraries during FY2013–2014. Data for 10,168 professional staff members were reported this year for the 115 ARL university libraries, including their law and medical libraries (907 staff members reported by 72 medical libraries and 761 staff members reported by 77 law libraries). For the 10 nonuniversity ARL members, data were reported for 3,791 professional staff members. Beginning, median, and average salaries by race, sex, years of experience, geographic region, and professional position for research, university, law, and medical libraries are covered.

  • SPEC Kit 339: Innovation and R&D (December 2013) German, Lisa; Namachchivaya, Beth Sandore SPEC Kit 339: Innovation and R&D (December 2013)
    Keyword(s): research library; innovation; research and development; process improvement; experimentation; transformation; strategic operations; futurecasting; planning
    Abstract:

    This SPEC Kit investigates the current state of both innovation and R&D in research library organizations. It examines what outward-facing commitments libraries have made to innovation and R&D, and what foundations are in place to support these activities. It asked who is involved in innovative activities, how libraries organize themselves to create, support, and sustain innovation, and how they measure the resulting outcomes. It also collected data on which research libraries support R&D, at what level, for what purposes, and how these activities are organized, funded, and assessed.

    This SPEC Kit includes examples of strategic plans and other documents that describe library support for innovation and research and development activities, organization charts, descriptions of research awards, and job descriptions of staff responsible for innovation and R&D.

  • Research Library Issues, no. 284 (2013) ARL, CNI, SPARC Research Library Issues, no. 284 (2013)
    Keyword(s): digital humanities; assessment; learning outcomes
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  • SPEC Kit 338: Library Management of Disciplinary Repositories (November 2013) Adamick, Jessica; Lewellen, Rachel; Reznik-Zellen, Rebecca SPEC Kit 338: Library Management of Disciplinary Repositories (November 2013)
    Keyword(s): disciplinary repository; repository policies; repository management
    Abstract:

    This SPEC Kit examines the ways in which research libraries are involved in the administration of disciplinary repositories. It explores the disciplinary scope of the repository, collection policies, funding models, assessment practices, and staffing, among other information. It presents case studies of 12 disciplinary repositories that are managed entirely or in part by a library and includes examples of web pages for each one that describe the repository content, features, policies, organizational structure, and how to submit resources.

  • ARL Statistics 2011–2012 Kyrillidou, Martha; Morris, Shaneka; Roebuck, Gary ARL Statistics 2011–2012
    Keyword(s): statistics; research library; collection expenditures; salary expenditures; operating expenditures; library personnel; public services; ILL items loaned; ILL items borrowed; library investment index
    Abstract:

    This edition of the ARL Statistics describes the collections, staffing, expenditures, and service activities for the 125 members of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) in fiscal year 2011-2012.

  • ARL Academic Health Sciences Library Statistics 2011-2012 Kyrillidou, Martha; Morris, Shaneka; Roebuck, Gary ARL Academic Health Sciences Library Statistics 2011-2012
    Keyword(s): statistics; health sciences library; research library; collection expenditures; salary expenditures; operating expenditures; library personnel; public services; ILL items loaned; ILL items borrowed
    Abstract:

    ARL Academic Health Sciences Library Statistics 2011–2012 presents data that describe collections, expenditures, personnel, and services in 61 medical libraries at ARL member institutions in the US and Canada.

  • ARL Academic Law Library Statistics 2011-2012 Kyrillidou, Martha; Morris, Shaneka; Roebuck, Gary ARL Academic Law Library Statistics 2011-2012
    Keyword(s): statistics; law library; research library; collection expenditures; salary expenditures; operating expenditures; library personnel; public services; ILL items loaned; ILL items borrowed
    Abstract:

    ARL Academic Law Library Statistics 2011–2012 presents data that describe collections, expenditures, personnel, and services in 74 law libraries at ARL member institutions in the US and Canada.