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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  • 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
    Abstract:

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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.

  • ARL Annual Salary Survey 2012–2013 Kyrillidou, Martha; Morris, Shaneka ARL Annual Salary Survey 2012–2013
    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 2012–2013. Data are reported for 10,072 professional staff in the 115 university ARL libraries and for 3,823 professional staff in the 10 non-university ARL libraries.

  • Research Library Issues, no. 283 (2013): Special Issue on Mainstreaming Special Collections ARL, CNI, SPARC Research Library Issues, no. 283 (2013): Special Issue on Mainstreaming Special Collections
    Keyword(s): special collections; research collections; York University; Syracuse University; Ohio University; University of California Riverside; John Hopkins University; University of Massachusetts Amherst
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  • SPEC Kit 337: Print Retention Decision Making (October 2013) Britton, Scott; Renaud, John SPEC Kit 337: Print Retention Decision Making (October 2013)
    Keyword(s): print collection management; last copy agreement; on-site shelving; off-site shelving; collaborative shelving; deaccessioning
    Abstract:

    This SPEC Kit examines research libraries’ print retention decision making strategies related to storage of materials in three different types of facilities or circumstances: on-site, staff-only shelving; remote shelving; and collaborative retention agreements. The survey also examined the decision making and practices surrounding the deaccession of library material. For each retention or deaccession strategy, the survey includes questions on the on-going or project-based nature of the work, the involvement of stakeholders, the selection process and criteria for materials to be retained or deaccessioned, the communication strategy with internal and external audiences, and the responses from the libraries’ internal and external audiences to these endeavors.

    The SPEC Kit includes examples of collection management policies, on-site, off-site, and collaborative shelving strategies, last copy agreements, and procedures for retrieving materials from storage.