RLI 284 Introduction 2 RESEARCH LIBRARY ISSUES: A REPORT FROM ARL, CNI, AND SPARC 2013 28 and different campus partnerships have been created. The second article in this issue, “Library Space Assessment: Focusing on Learning,” discusses the analysis of library space and its critical connection to student learning. Joan K. Lippincott, associate executive director at the Coalition for Networked Information, and Kim Duckett, associate head of digital technologies and learning in Research and Information Services at North Carolina State University Libraries, show the importance of collecting meaningful data that supports the creation of new or renovated learning spaces. They suggest that libraries approach an assessment process using a broader perspective by asking key questions such as “what elements of the library renovation and newly configured services would support student success?” This article is a good companion to the Learning Space Toolkit (http://learningspacetoolkit.org/). Finally, the authors conclude that the connection between student learning and library spaces needs further exploration and research to provide a deeper understanding of the inherent value of library learning spaces. © 2013 Sue Baughman This article is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/. To cite this article: Sue Baughman. “Introduction.” Research Library Issues: A Report from ARL, CNI, and SPARC, no. 284 (2013): 1-2. http://publications.arl.org/rli284/.