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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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  • Cover Image SPEC Kit 355: Campus-wide Entrepreneurship (July 2017)
    Keyword(s): research library; library services; entrepreneurship
    Abstract:

    This SPEC Kit gathers information about library services and resources, funding models, staffing and administrative support, assessment, and the unique challenges of supporting these programs. It includes examples of entrepreneurship programs, centers and incubators; and descriptions of library entrepreneurship resources and services, outreach and instruction materials, and jobs.

  • Cover Image SPEC Kit 354: Data Curation (May 2017)
    Keyword(s): research library; library services; data repository; data deposit
    Abstract:

    This SPEC Kit explores the infrastructure that ARL member institutions are using for data curation, which data curation services are offered, who may use them, which disciplines demand services most, library staffing levels, policies and workflows, and the challenges of supporting these activities. 

    It includes examples of data repository web pages, descriptions of services, infrastructure, workflows, metadata schemas, and policies, and job descriptions.

  • Cover Image ARL Annual Salary Survey 2015–2016
    Keyword(s): research libraries; salary data; salary trends; library professional staff
    Abstract:

    This report analyzes salary data for all professional staff working in the 124 ARL member libraries during FY2015–2016. Data for 10,111 professional staff members were reported this year for the 114 ARL university libraries, including their law and medical libraries (828 staff members reported by 71 medical libraries and 735 staff members reported by 76 law libraries). For the 10 nonuniversity ARL members, data were reported for 3,716 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.

    Downloadable Microsoft Excel file of data tables

  • Cover Image ARL Statistics 2014-2015
    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 124 Association of Research Libraries member libraries in the US and Canada in fiscal year 2014–2015.
  • Cover Image ARL Academic Law Library Statistics 2014-2015
    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 2014–2015.
  • Cover Image ARL Academic Health Sciences Library Statistics 2014-2015
    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:

    This edition of the ARL Academic Health Sciences Library Statistics is a compilation of data that describes collections, expenditures, personnel, and services in 59 health sciences libraries at ARL member institutions in the US and Canada in FY 2014–2015.

  • Cover Image Research Library Issues, no. 290 (2017): Library Impact on Undergraduate Student Learning
    Keyword(s): RLI; learning outcomes; library instruction; library assessment; student learning; undergraduates; library impact
    Abstract:

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  • Cover Image Research Library Issues, no. 289 (2016): Campus Shootings and Library Safety
    Keyword(s): research library; active shooter; library security; campus shooting
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  • 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.