Title Index by IndexTitle : S

  • Scenario Planning: Developing a Strategic Agenda for Organizational Alignment (March 2012) (8-11)
    Title: Scenario Planning: Developing a Strategic Agenda for Organizational Alignment (March 2012)
  • Scholarly Communication Education Initiatives, SPEC Kit 299 (August 2007)
    Title: SPEC Kit 299: Scholarly Communication Education Initiatives (August 2007)
    Abstract:

    This SPEC Kit explores what kind of initiatives ARL member libraries have used or plan to use to educate faculty, researchers, administrators, students, and library staff at their institutions about scholarly communication issues.

    The survey was distributed to the 123 ARL member libraries in May 2007. Respondents were asked to provide information about the nature of library-initiated education activities about scholarly communication (SC) issues that had taken place in their institutions in the past three years or that were expected to take place soon. Seventy-three libraries (59%) responded to the survey. Of those, 55 (75%) indicated that the library has engaged in educational activities on scholarly communication (SC) issues; 13 (18%) have not but indicated that planning is underway. Only three libraries indicated that they had not engaged in this activity; another two responded that this is the responsibility of another, non-library unit of the institution.

    This SPEC Kit includes documentation from respondents in the form of proposals for education initiatives, scholarly communication and copyright Web pages, job descriptions, and education materials.

  • Scholarly Communications: Planning for the Integration of Liaison Librarian Roles (Aug. 2009) (23-29)
    Title: Scholarly Communications: Planning for the Integration of Liaison Librarian Roles (Aug. 2009)
  • Scholarly Output Assessment Activities, SPEC Kit 346
    Title: SPEC Kit 346: Scholarly Output Assessment Activities (May 2015)
    Keyword(s): research library; digital repository; assessment; scholarly publishing; research output
    Abstract:

    This SPEC Kit explores current ARL member library activities that help authors manage their scholarly identities, provide options for creating and disseminating scholarly outputs, offer strategies to enhance discoverability of scholarly outputs, help authors efficiently track scholarly outputs and impact, provide resources and tools to help authors assess their scholarly impact, create publication reports and social network maps for reporting purposes, and offer guidance and training on new trends and tools for reporting of impact. This study covers library assessment services and resources, training, staffing models, partnerships with the parent institution, marketing and publicity, and future trends.

    This SPEC Kit includes examples of training materials, job descriptions, descriptions of assessment services, examples of assessment reports, and research guides on scholarly output metrics.

  • Service Quality Assessment with LibQUAL+® in Challenging Times: LibQUAL+® at Cranfield University (Aug. 2010) (23-26)
    Title: Service Quality Assessment with LibQUAL+® in Challenging Times: LibQUAL+® at Cranfield University (Aug. 2010)
  • Services for Users with Disabilities, SPEC Kit 321 (December 2010)
    Title: SPEC Kit 321: Services for Users with Disabilities (December 2010)
    Abstract:

    This SPEC Kit explores what services are being provided and how users are made aware of them; what assistive technologies are being offered today and who maintains them; which library staff have responsibility for providing services and how are they trained; and what service policies and procedures are in place for users with disabilities.

    The survey results indicate that all staff who work on a public services desk are responsible for assisting users with disabilities, or at least making a proper referral. Services range from retrieving library materials from the stacks, to assistance searching online resources, to assistance with adaptive technology. Workstations with adaptive technology are common, either in public spaces or special rooms. The most commonly available special software is for text magnification. Scanners are the most commonly available hardware.

    This SPEC Kit includes documentation from respondents that describe the services offered, the assistive technology that is available, service policies, user needs assessment, staff training materials, and job requirements for service coordinators.

  • Shared Print Programs, SPEC Kit 345 (December 2014)
    Title: SPEC Kit 345: Shared Print Programs (December 2014)
    Keyword(s): research library; print repository; print archive; print stewardship; collection management
    Abstract:

    This SPEC Kit explores the extent of ARL member libraries’ participation in shared print programs, the type and scope of programs in which they choose to participate, the rationale for participation, the value and benefits the programs provide to ARL and other libraries, and the roles different libraries are playing in them. To best explore these aspects, this study includes two surveys:

    Survey of ARL Member Libraries. ARL libraries were asked general questions about all shared print programs in which the institution participates, goals and benefits of participation, rationale for participation, and services provided. This survey did not ask about the details of a single, specific shared print program but rather about a library’s participation in shared print arrangements in general.

    Survey of Shared Print Program Managers/Coordinators. Information about a specific shared print program was gathered from shared print program managers/coordinators. This survey asked about specific business and operational models, strategies, goals, membership, collections, archiving progress, access, and other services.

    This SPEC Kit includes examples of program descriptions and memorandums of understand and member agreements.

  • Shooting at Florida State University Libraries: The Act, Aftermath, and Response (RLI 289, 2016) (5-27)
    Title: Shooting at Florida State University Libraries: The Act, Aftermath, and Response (RLI 289, 2016)
  • Social Software in Libraries, SPEC Kit 304 (July 2008)
    Title: SPEC Kit 304: Social Software in Libraries (July 2008)
    Abstract:

    This SPEC Kit explores how many libraries are using social software and for what purposes, how those activities are organized and managed, and the benefits and challenges of using social software, among other questions.

    For this study social software was broadly defined as software that enables people to connect with one another online. The survey asked about ten types of applications: 1) social networking sites; 2) media sharing sites; 3) social bookmarking or tagging sites; 4) Wikis; 5) blogs; 6) sites that use RSS (Really Simple Syndication) to syndicate and broadcast content; 7) chat or instant messaging (IM) services; 8) VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) services; 9) virtual worlds; and 10) widgets.

    This survey was distributed to the 123 ARL member libraries in February 2008. Sixty-four libraries completed the survey by the March 14 deadline for a response rate of 52%. All but three of the responding libraries report that their library staff uses social software (95%) and one of those three plans to begin using social software in the future.

    This SPEC Kit includes documentation from respondents of examples of Web sites that show how each of the ten types of social software is used.

  • Socializing New Hires, SPEC Kit 323 (August 2011)
    Title: SPEC Kit 323: Socializing New Hires (August 2011)
    Abstract:

    This SPEC Kit investigates the progress made in ARL member organizations to establish or enhance socialization programs and activities (such as orientation programs, mentoring, residency appointments, and staff development sessions directed at organizational acculturation) for all newly hired, paid employees. It explores the availability and types of programs, activities, and resources currently offered in ARL institutions; staff involved in designing and coordinating socialization programs and activities; goals and budget for socialization programs; length of participation in programs and activities; evaluation and assessment of programs; and benefits of socialization programs, activities and resources.

    The survey results clearly demonstrate that socialization activities are widespread and growing in research libraries and archives. The volume of response and detailed sample documents provided are indicative of the prevalence of existing activities and institutional commitment to these programs. There is a perception of the critical importance and value of these activities to the enhancement of organizational success. The plethora of comments on the benefits of socialization programs indicates that ARL members highly value these efforts.

    This SPEC Kit includes documentation from respondents that describes orientation, mentoring, and peer socialization programs, and provides examples of orientation websites, orientation/socialization checklists, program evaluation methods, and staff development resources.

  • SPARC Explores Income Models for Supporting Open-Access Journals (Oct. 2009) (14-17)
    Title: SPARC Explores Income Models for Supporting Open-Access Journals (Oct. 2009)
  • Special at the Core: Aligning, Integrating, and Mainstreaming Special Collections in the Research Library (RLI 283, 2013) (1-5)
    Title: Special at the Core: Aligning, Integrating, and Mainstreaming Special Collections in the Research Library (RLI 283, 2013)
  • Special Collections at the Cusp of the Digital Age: A Credo (Dec. 2009) (4-10)
    Title: Special Collections at the Cusp of the Digital Age: A Credo (Dec. 2009)
  • Special Collections Engagement, SPEC Kit 317 (August 2010)
    Title: SPEC Kit 317: Special Collections Engagement (August 2010)
    Abstract:

    This SPEC Kit examines exhibits, events, instruction, and other activities that are targeted to engage students, faculty, and other scholars/researchers with special collections for research and education. It investigates who coordinates these activities, where they are held, how they are promoted, and how they are evaluated.

    By the March deadline, responses had been submitted by 79 of the 124 ARL member libraries for a response rate of 64%. A genuine commitment to outreach activities in special collections is evident throughout the responses to this survey. Over 95% of respondents are staging exhibits, holding events, and engaging students and faculty in the use of collections; most institutions are participating in all of these activities, as well as in many others not specifically addressed in the survey. At the heart of all outreach activities are the collections. Libraries are going to great lengths to promote their unique and specialized collection strengths, employing many creative outreach and engagement approaches. While the traditional methods of exhibits, events, and curricular instruction continue to be the emphasis of special collections’ outreach programs, institutions are also embracing opportunities to be active physically beyond the borders of their campuses and virtually through blogs, social networking sites, and other Web 2.0 technologies.

    This SPEC Kit includes documentation from respondents in the form of policies and procedures, class request procedures, descriptions of class assignments and resources, job descriptions, and exhibit and event promotional methods.

  • State of Large-Publisher Bundles in 2012 (RLI 282, 2013) (13-20)
    Title: The State of Large-Publisher Bundles in 2012 (RLI 282, 2013)
  • Strategically Focusing on Focus Groups to Improve Organizational Climate (RLI 286, 2015) (8-17)
    Title: Strategically Focusing on Focus Groups to Improve Organizational Climate (RLI 286, 2015)
  • Strategies for Opening Up Content: Laying the Groundwork for an Open System of Scholarship (April 2010) (2-5)
    Title: Strategies for Opening Up Content: Laying the Groundwork for an Open System of Scholarship (April 2010)
  • Strategies for Supporting New Genres of Scholarship (April 2009) (22-24)
    Title: Strategies for Supporting New Genres of Scholarship (April 2009)
  • Supporting Digital Scholarship, SPEC Kit 350
    Title: 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.