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  • Decade of Assessment at a Research-Extensive University Library Using LibQUAL+® (Aug. 2010) (6-14)
    Title: A Decade of Assessment at a Research-Extensive University Library Using LibQUAL+® (Aug. 2010)
  • Developing a Vital Research Library Workforce (Oct. 2010) (2-7)
    Title: Developing a Vital Research Library Workforce (Oct. 2010)
  • Developing Inclusive Research Libraries for Patrons and Staff of All Abilities (RLI 286, 2015) (18-26)
    Title: Developing Inclusive Research Libraries for Patrons and Staff of All Abilities (RLI 286, 2015)
  • Different Kind of Conversation: The Sparky Awards and Fresh Views on Change in Scholarly Communication (June 2009) (20-22)
    Title: A Different Kind of Conversation: The Sparky Awards and Fresh Views on Change in Scholarly Communication (June 2009)
  • Digital Collections Assessment and Outreach, SPEC Kit 341 (August 2014)
    Title: SPEC Kit 341: Digital Collections Assessment and Outreach (August 2014)
    Keyword(s): research library%3B digital collections%3B assessment%3B outreach%3B 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.

  • Digital Humanities, SPEC Kit 326 (November 2011)
    Title: SPEC Kit 326: Digital Humanities (November 2011)
    Abstract:

    This SPEC Kit provides a snapshot of research library experiences with digital scholarship centers or services that support the humanities (e.g., history, art, music, film, literature, philosophy, religion, etc.) and the benefits and challenges of hosting them. The survey asked ARL libraries about the organization of these services, how they are staffed and funded, what services they offer and to whom, what technical infrastructure is provided, whether the library manages or archives the digital resources produced, and how services are assessed, among other questions.

    This survey revealed that library-based support for the digital humanities is offered predominantly on an ad hoc basis. However, as demand for services supporting the digital humanities has grown, libraries have begun to re-evaluate their provisional service and staffing models. Many respondents expressed a desire to implement practices, policies, and procedures that would allow them to cope with increases in demand for services.

    This SPEC Kit includes documentation from respondents that describes the mission or purpose of digital humanities centers, the services offered, policies and procedures, examples of digital projects, fellowship and grant opportunities, promotional materials, and repositories for digital projects.

  • Digital Image Collections and Services, SPEC Kit 335 (August 2013)
    Title: SPEC Kit 335: Digital Image Collections and Services (August 2013)
    Keyword(s): digital images%3B image collections%3B library services%3B digital asset management
    Abstract:

    This SPEC Kit examines how research libraries and their parent institutions have responded to the transition from analog to digital images and the growth of digital images available from commercial vendors and/or created within institutions or their libraries. The survey gathers information about current practices relating to the development and management of institutional digital image collections and the acquisition and use of licensed image databases. It explores the infrastructure and support provided by research libraries and/or their institutions for the creation and use of digital images in teaching, learning, and research, including systems and platforms, cataloging and metadata, access and training, services and service points, and copyright and other rights issues. It also identifies collaborative strategies among ARL member institutions for providing digital images.

    The SPEC Kit includes examples of digital image collection websites, finding aids, image use training materials, copyright and use rights policies, selection policies, descriptions of digital image service points, and digital collection promotional materials.

  • Digital Preservation, SPEC Kit 325 (October 2011)
    Title: SPEC Kit 325: Digital Preservation (October 2011)
    Abstract:

    This SPEC Kit explores the strategies that ARL member institutions use to protect evolving research collections and the roles and responsibilities of stakeholders. The survey asked ARL libraries about their digital content, their strategies for preserving that content, and the staff, time, and funding they currently devote to digital preservation. It also asked each responding library to compare its digital preservation activities of three years ago to current activities and project three years into the future. In addition, to better understand the roles of research libraries in the emergent field of digital curation, the survey sought to identify issues that are and are not being addressed through current practices and policies.

    This survey revealed, as the digital preservation field is maturing, that most ARL libraries are rising to the challenge of establishing policies, workflows, and infrastructures to systematically preserve their rapidly expanding bodies of digital content. The survey also revealed that most ARL libraries are actively engaging in in-house digital preservation rather than outsourcing it to external parties, thus maintaining their control and ownership over the digital content that they curate.

    This SPEC Kit includes documentation from respondents that describes policies, procedures, and guidelines for digital preservation, cooperative agreements, job descriptions, and data management services.

  • Digital Scholarly Communication: A Snapshot of Current Trends (April 2009) (11-21)
    Title: Digital Scholarly Communication: A Snapshot of Current Trends (April 2009)
  • Digitization of Special Collections and Archives: Legal and Contractual Issues (June 2012) (2-4)
    Title: Digitization of Special Collections and Archives: Legal and Contractual Issues (June 2012)
  • Diversity in Research Universities (April 2009) (2-9)
    Title: Diversity in Research Universities (April 2009)
  • Diversity Plans and Programs, SPEC Kit 319 (October 2010)
    Title: SPEC Kit 319: Diversity Plans and Programs (October 2010)
    Abstract:

    This SPEC Kit explores what progress has been made in ARL member libraries to recruit and retain a diverse workforce; the strategies they use to increase the number of ethnically/culturally diverse librarians in the profession and in their libraries; the elements of programs that successfully support an inclusive workplace; the people, groups, and/or committees responsible for overseeing the programs; and how libraries are assessing the effectiveness and success of such programs.

    The survey results indicate there has been a significant increase in the number of groups and committees formed to address diversity or inclusive workplace goals in the past ten years. Human resource officers share the responsibility of leading these committees and implementing diversity plans with diversity officers, staff development officers, multicultural librarians, and other library staff. Approximately half of the responding libraries have ongoing presentations and/or workshops on issues relevant to promoting an inclusive workplace. Others have had at least one-time presentations or plan to develop programs.

    Recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce continues to be a challenge for libraries. It is evident that research libraries are committed to actively recruit librarians from underrepresented ethnic/racial groups and have employed a variety of strategies to increase the diversity of applicant pools. Measures to evaluate the success of their efforts to recruit and retain an ethnically/culturally diverse workforce are still in development, though.

    This SPEC Kit includes documentation from respondents in the form of diversity statements, diversity plans, and descriptions of diversity and recruitment programs.