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  • Cover Image Research Library Issues, no. 299 (2019): Ethics of Artificial Intelligence
    Keyword(s): research libraries; artificial intelligence; AI; ethics
  • Cover Image ARL Annual Salary Survey 2018–2019
    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 FY2018–2019. Data for 10,718 professional staff members were reported this year for the 116 ARL university libraries, including their law and medical libraries (856 staff members reported by 72 medical libraries and 712 staff members reported by 74 law libraries). For the eight nonuniversity ARL members, data were reported for 3,318 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

    Morris, Shaneka. ARL Annual Salary Survey 2018–2019. Washington, DC: Association of Research Libraries, 2019.

  • Cover Image ARL Academic Law Library Statistics 2017-2018
    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 72 law libraries at ARL member institutions in the US and Canada in fiscal year 2017–2018.

    Morris, Shaneka, and Gary Roebuck, comps. and eds. ARL Academic Law Library Statistics 2017–2018. Washington, DC: Association of Research Libraries, 2019.

  • Cover Image ARL Academic Health Sciences Library Statistics 2017-2018
    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 58 health sciences libraries at ARL member institutions in the US and Canada in fiscal year 2017–2018.

    Morris, Shaneka, and Gary Roebuck, comps. and eds. ARL Academic Health Sciences Library Statistics 2017–2018. Washington, DC: Association of Research Libraries, 2019.

  • Cover Image ARL Statistics 2017-2018
    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 2017–2018.

    Morris, Shaneka, and Gary Roebuck, comps. and eds. ARL Statistics 2017–2018. Washington, DC: Association of Research Libraries, 2019.

  • Cover Image Research Library Issues, no. 298 (2019): The Data Science Revolution
    Keyword(s): Research Library Issues; Data Science Revolution; data science; RLI; open data; open access; scholarly communication
  • Cover Image Research Library Issues, no. 297 (2019): The Current Privacy Landscape
    Keyword(s): privacy; libraries; RLI
  • Cover Image ARL Annual Salary Survey 2017–2018
    Keyword(s): research libraries; salary data; salary trends; library professional staff
    Abstract:

    This report analyzes salary data for all professional staff working in the 123 ARL member libraries during FY2017–2018. Data for 10,518 professional staff members were reported this year for the 114 ARL university libraries, including their law and medical libraries (862 staff members reported by 72 medical libraries and 715 staff members reported by 74 law libraries). For the 9 nonuniversity ARL members, data were reported for 3,259 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 [Note: This file was updated 4/1/19.]

    Morris, Shaneka. ARL Annual Salary Survey 2017–2018. Washington, DC: Association of Research Libraries, 2019.

  • Cover Image ARL Academic Health Sciences Library Statistics 2016-2017
    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 58 health sciences libraries at ARL member institutions in the US and Canada in fiscal year 2016–2017.

    Morris, Shaneka, and Gary Roebuck, comps. and eds. ARL Academic Health Sciences Library Statistics 2016–2017. Washington, DC: Association of Research Libraries, 2019.

  • Cover Image ARL Academic Law Library Statistics 2016-2017
    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 72 law libraries at ARL member institutions in the US and Canada in fiscal year 2016–2017.

    Morris, Shaneka, and Gary Roebuck, comps. and eds. ARL Academic Law Library Statistics 2016–2017. Washington, DC: Association of Research Libraries, 2019.