Research Library Issues: A Quarterly Report from ARL, CNI, and SPARC
With this issue of Research Library Issues (RLI) we are introducing a new streamlined look that minimizes
the amount of white space on each page and copies easily in black and white. The new look is also an
opportunity to remind readers that RLI’s goal is to briefly highlight issues that are strategically important
to research libraries, focusing on current and emerging topics. The articles explore topics, share
information, pose critical questions, and provide examples. An editor, as many of you know, is
continuously on the lookout for interesting topics and the authors to write about them. In addition to your
feedback about RLI’s new look, please send your ideas for articles and authors to email@example.com.
Shirley K. Baker, recently retired as Vice Chancellor for
Scholarly Resources and Dean of University Libraries, at
Washington University in St. Louis, writes about the strategies
for managing time that she learned over the course of her
career. One of her goals in retirement is to write a book
tentatively entitled, Leadership: The Art and Craft of Making
Things Happen. Time management is a critical aspect in the
life of a director. The ability to deal with the high level of
demands made on a leader’s time has been much discussed by
management authorities like Peter Drucker. Contextualizing
the topic for academic/research library leaders is of much
interest. Baker’s article, “Leading a Full Life: Reflections on
Several Decades of Work, Family, and Accomplishment,”
illustrates strategies for making the most of your time with humor and personal examples.
A number of libraries are using ARL’s 2030 Scenarios within their planning processes. Jennifer
Church-Duran and Deborah Ludwig, from the University of Kansas, in their summary introduction,
“Scenario Planning: Developing a Strategic Agenda for Organizational Alignment,” speak to the
importance of “navigating the complex and uncertain environments in higher education.” The authors
discuss the University of Kansas Libraries’ planning process using the 2030 Scenarios in “Bringing
Scenario Planning Home to KU.” Their insights into the challenges and rewards in using the scenarios
provide an in-depth view that will be useful to other libraries.
Two other libraries, Johns Hopkins University and McMaster University, have integrated the 2030
Scenarios with their balanced scorecards. In “The ARL Balanced Scorecard Initiative Meets the ARL
2030 Scenarios,” the opportunity for ongoing strategic discussion and responsiveness to the changing
environment is emphasized as a key reason to incorporate the 2030 Scenarios into planning processes.
The McMaster University Libraries used the scenarios to test their current strategic plan, resulting
in modifications to existing initiatives. The Johns Hopkins’ Sheridan Libraries used the scenarios to
encourage staff to think more creatively and strategically.
We hope you find helpful insights from this issue of Research Library Issues. We look forward to
hearing your suggestions for topics for future articles.
— Sue Baughman, Editor
In This Issue
Leading a Full Life 2
Scenario Planning 8
Bringing Scenario Planning
Home to KU 12
The ARL Balanced Scorecard
Initiative Meets the ARL 2030