Tag Archives: ARL

ARL seeks Director of Research and Analytics

(5 November 2018) The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has an exciting opportunity for an experienced professional interested in leading the Association’s institutional and organizational effectiveness program to meet the needs and interests of ARL members. ARL’s strategic initiatives call for an emphasis on assessment that reflects libraries’ contributions to research, teaching, and learning outcomes […]


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Retirement wave to hit academic librarianship

(19 October 2017) Like other greying professions, demographic data for ARL libraries warn us of a breaking wave of retirements, but may paint an unrealistic picture of what the beach will look like after the surf has settled. Read the article by Phil Davis in The Scholarly Kitchen.


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Issue Briefs advise libraries on archiving government information, licensing metadata about scholarship

(14 September 2017) The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has released two issue briefs answering pressing questions about copyright faced by libraries and archives: Can institutions legally preserve and share government information from the internet? And should institutions license their metadata describing scholarly works? More here.


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Supporting Digital Scholarship, SPEC Kit 350, Published by ARL

(26 May 2016) The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has released Supporting Digital Scholarship, SPEC Kit 350, an exploration of how library roles are evolving as multimodal and collaborative scholarship become more visible in the research landscape, and how these newly identified roles influence the work of library staff. This study covers the types of […]


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Library Investment Index summarizes relative size of ARL university libraries for 2013–2014

(20 August 2015) ARL has released the Library Investment Index for 2013–2014, the latest in this annual summary measure of the relative size of the university library members of the Association. Although similar to the ARL Membership Criteria Index in reflecting the investments made in research libraries, the ARL Library Investment Index is less affected […]


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Data visualization webcast videos now online

(11 May 2015) Data visualization brings library stories to life. Using Tableau software, libraries may better harness, analyze, and report their data to internal and external stakeholders. Video recordings of ARL’s recent web series on data management and visualization with Tableau are freely available on ARL’s YouTube channel. The announcement is here.


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Authors Guild v. HathiTrust litigation ends in victory for fair use

( 8 January 2015)  The ARL reports that for the past several years, HathiTrust and five of its member universities have been engaged in litigation after being sued by the Authors Guild. On 6 January 2015, the parties entered a settlement on the sole issue remaining before the district court, ending the litigation in a […]


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ARL Statistics 2012–2013 published

(28 October 2014) ARL has released the ARL Statistics 2012–2013, the latest in a series of annual publications that describe the collections, staffing, expenditures, and service activities of ARL’s 125 member libraries. Of these, 115 are university libraries (16 in Canada and 99 in the US); the remaining 10 are public, governmental, and nonprofit research […]


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Coalition opposes copyright term extension in Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement

(11 July 2014) On 9 July 2014, ARL joined 34 other organizations in sending a letter to ministers of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiating parties, expressing opposition to the copyright term of life plus 70 years proposed by the United States. These organizations—representing libraries, archives, authors, educators, students, digital rights advocacy groups, and technological innovators—note […]


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ARL Attendance Grant applications for IFLA Congress, Lyon 2014

(13 February 2014)  The Academic and Research Libraries Section (ARL), with generous sponsorship by ExLibris and Sage, is offering three Attendance Grants for the IFLA Congress in Lyon 2014 to an information professional from each of these regions: •    Africa •    Latin America •    Asia/Pacific region Each grant covers the registration fee of Euro 455 […]


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Metadata Games crowdsources data collection through gaming

(24 January 2014)  ARL has reported that on 22 January, Tiltfactor Laboratory at Dartmouth College launched Metadata Games, a digital gaming platform for gathering data on photo, audio, and moving image artifacts. The platform encourages players to explore humanities content while contributing to vital records. Metadata Games enables archivists, librarians, data scientists, and others to […]


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Library Management of Disciplinary Repositories, SPEC Kit 338, published by ARL

(17 December 2013)  ARL has published Library Management of Disciplinary Repositories, SPEC Kit 338, which examines the ways in which research libraries are involved in the administration of disciplinary repositories. This SPEC Kit explores the disciplinary scope of the repository, collection policies, funding models, assessment practices, and staffing, among other information. The SPEC Kit presents […]


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Copyright term extension in Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement opposed by 29 organizations and 71 individuals

(13 December 2013)  The ARL joined 28 other organizations and 71 individuals in a letter opposing a copyright term of life plus 70 years in the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP). Authors of the letter, sent to TPP negotiators on 6 December, noted, “There is no benefit to society of extending copyright beyond the 50 years […]


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New competencies for academic librarians

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL), the Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR), and the Association of European Research Libraries (LIBER) have announced a Joint Task Force on Librarians’ Competencies in Support of E-Research and Scholarly Communication. Rapid changes in technology and associated shifts in research and scholarly […]


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ARL Statistics® 2011–2012 data now available in Analytics

ARL has released the 2011–2012 ARL Statistics dataset through ARL Statistics Analytics, a subscription-based service for nonmember libraries, vendors, commercial parties, and others interested in accessing the final, verified ARL Statistics data through an interactive interface. (ARL member institutions enjoy free access to the analytics as a benefit of membership.) ARL Statistics is a series […]


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