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 350: Supporting Digital Scholarship (May 2016) Mulligan, Rikk 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.
  • Research Library Issues, no. 288 (2016) ARL, CNI, SPARC Research Library Issues, no. 288 (2016)
    Keyword(s): RLI; library assesment; Tableau; data visualization; library value; business intelligence
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  • SPEC Kit 349: Evolution of Library Liaisons (November 2015) Miller, Rebecca K.; Pressley, Lauren 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.

  • Research Library Issues, no. 287 (2015): Transformation of Scholarly Communications ARL, CNI, SPARC Research Library Issues, no. 287 (2015): Transformation of Scholarly Communications
    Keyword(s): RLI; scholarly communications; short-form scholarship; long-form scholarship; monographs
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  • ARL Academic Health Sciences Library Statistics 2013-2014 Kyrillidou, Martha; Morris, Shaneka; Roebuck, Gary 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.

  • ARL Statistics 2013–2014 Kyrillidou, Martha; Morris, Shaneka; Roebuck, Gary 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.

  • ARL Academic Law Library Statistics 2013-2014 Kyrillidou, Martha; Morris, Shaneka; Roebuck, Gary 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.

  • SPEC Kit 348: Rapid Fabrication/Makerspace Services (September 2015) Altman, Micah; Bernhardt, Matthew; Horowitz, Lisa; Lu, Wenqing; Shapiro, Randi SPEC Kit 348: Rapid Fabrication/Makerspace Services (September 2015)
    Keyword(s): research library; 3-D printing; rapid fabrication; makerspace; library services
    Abstract:

    This SPEC Kit explores current ARL member library engagement with 3-D printing, rapid fabrication and digitization technologies, and makerspaces. This study covers the types of service offerings libraries provide, the location of these services, the hardware and software that is available for users, service hours and staffing, user outreach and training, budget and funding, and evaluation of the service.

    This SPEC Kit includes descriptions of makerspaces, examples of 3-D printing guides and other user training material, policies and procedures, equipment, software, and models, and job descriptions of staff who provide these services.

  • SPEC Kit 347: Community-based Collections (July 2015) Santamaría-Wheeler, Lourdes; Belcoure Marcetti, Jessica; Fitzsimmons, Rebecca; Vargas-Betancourt, Margarita; Krzys Acord, Sophia SPEC Kit 347: Community-based Collections (July 2015)
    Keyword(s): research library; collection development; special collections; collective collections community engagement
    Abstract:

    This SPEC Kit explores collections that have been amassed not by one individual but by a collective, which may take the form of a museum, ethnic or cultural organization, or other diaspora group active in the documentation of its past. In addition to more traditional roles such as caring for the physical collection, in working with community-based collections libraries are navigating new territory with the integration and stewardship of these active and directly connected communities. An ongoing commitment to community engagement—with some level of shared governance or other collaborative activity to build, process, or publicize the collection—is often a key part of acquiring community-based collections. This study covers library activities that support community groups in the collection, documentation, and stewardship of their shared heritage, including public outreach and educational initiatives relating to the collection.

    This SPEC Kit includes examples of collection descriptions, finding aids, community stewardship support structures, donor support opportunities, and job descriptions.

  • ARL Annual Salary Survey 2014–2015 Kyrillidou, Martha; Morris, Shaneka ARL Annual Salary Survey 2014–2015
    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 FY2014–2015. Data for 10,036 professional staff members were reported this year for the 115 ARL university libraries, including their law and medical libraries (866 staff members reported by 72 medical libraries and 731 staff members reported by 76 law libraries). For the 10 nonuniversity ARL members, data were reported for 3,635 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