Digital Publications

On this website you can access the full text of the Association’s flagship serial publications that have been published since 2006. Research Library Issues and SPEC Kits are freely available to all readers. Non-ARL members may purchase perpetual access to the ARL Annual Salary Survey and ARL Statistics titles. Online access offers the following features:

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What’s New

  • Cover Image SPEC Kit 353: Funding Article Processing Charges (November 2016)
    Keyword(s): research library; library services; open access; APC; scholarly communication
    Abstract:

    This SPEC Kit explores the strategies that ARL member institutions are using to address article processing charges (APCs)—including how the funds are established and how they are handled (e.g., policies, applications, budgets, administration, outreach activities, etc.), sources of funding, and whether and under what circumstances libraries are partnering with other units (or other libraries) to fund this aspect of open access.

    This SPEC Kit includes examples of funding web pages, fund administration policies and procedures, promotional material, and job descriptions.

  • Cover Image SPEC Kit 352: Collection Assessment
    Keyword(s): research libraries; assessment; research collections; data analysis
    Abstract:

    This SPEC Kit explores which collection assessment methods, measures, and practices ARL member libraries currently employ. This study gathered information on which library staff collect and analyze data, for what purposes the results are used, with whom data is shared, how well assessment questions are answered. The survey also investigated whether the available methods, data, and tools are aligned with the purposes for assessing collections.

    This SPEC Kit includes examples of job descriptions of library staff who are responsible for collection assessment, data collection and analysis policies and procedures, and examples of how collection data is used and shared with a range of constituents.

  • Cover Image SPEC Kit 351: Affordable Course Content and Open Educational Resources (July 2016)
    Keyword(s): research libraries; library services; OER; open access; faculty incentive programs
    Abstract:

    This SPEC Kit explores the degree to which ARL member institutions advocate, support, and develop affordable course content and open educational resources (ACC/OER). This study gathered information on ACC/OER initiatives at the institutional level and the role of the library in these initiatives. The research examined initiatives’ origins, implementation, governance, and funding; incentives for faculty participation; and the types of affordable/open course content that have been developed. The survey also explored library support of ACC/OER activities with staffing and services.

    This SPEC Kit includes examples of library and institution ACC/OER webpages; educational events; incentive programs; resources adopted, adapted, or created; and job descriptions.

  • Cover Image SPEC Kit 350: Supporting Digital Scholarship (May 2016)
    Keyword(s): digital scholarship; digital humanities; research libraries; library services; workforce
    Abstract:

    This SPEC Kit explores how library roles are evolving as multimodal and collaborative scholarship become more visible in the research landscape and how the emergence of these newly identified roles influence the work of library staff. This study covers the types of support libraries offer researchers, how the individuals involved in digital scholarship activities are positioned within the library organization, their range of responsibilities, collaboration with partners inside and outside the library, how support for digital scholarship activities is funded, and how it is assessed, among other questions.

    This SPEC Kit includes examples of digital scholarship services offered by libraries, digital projects, project planning documents, organization charts, and job descriptions of the staff who provide digital scholarship support.

  • Cover Image Research Library Issues, no. 288 (2016): Data Visualization in Research Libraries
    Keyword(s): RLI; library assesment; Tableau; data visualization; library value; business intelligence
    Abstract:

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  • Cover Image SPEC Kit 349: Evolution of Library Liaisons (November 2015)
    Keyword(s): research library; liaison; campus engagement; library services; workforce
    Abstract:

    This SPEC Kit explores the changing role of the library liaison, the shifting goals and strategies of liaison programs at ARL member libraries, and the factors that influence these changes on an institutional level. This study covers liaison services objectives and policies, assignment of liaison responsibilities, level of department participation, administration and evaluation of services, how liaisons are trained, and the benefits and challenges of offering such services.

    This SPEC Kit includes examples of liaison services websites; descriptions of liaison responsibilities, competencies, and goals; job descriptions of staff who provide these services; and reports on changes to liaison models.

  • Cover Image ARL Academic Health Sciences Library Statistics 2013-2014
    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
    Abstract:

    This edition of the ARL Academic Health Sciences Library Statistics is a compilation of data that describes collections, expenditures, personnel, and services in 61 health sciences libraries at ARL member institutions in the US and Canada in FY 2013–2014.

  • Cover Image Research Library Issues, no. 287 (2015): Transformation of Scholarly Communications
    Keyword(s): RLI; scholarly communications; short-form scholarship; long-form scholarship; monographs
    Abstract:

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  • Cover Image ARL Academic Law Library Statistics 2013-2014
    Keyword(s): statistics; law library; research library; collection expenditures; salary expenditures; operating expenditures; library personnel; public services; ILL items loaned; ILL items borrowed
    Abstract:

    This edition of the ARL Academic Law Library Statistics is a compilation of data that describes collections, expenditures, personnel, and services in 74 law libraries at ARL member institutions in the US and Canada in FY 2013–2014.

  • Cover Image ARL Statistics 2013–2014
    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 (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 2013–2014.