Category Archives: ARL

OpenCon–leading the charge for openness and collaboration

OpenCon 2014 took place November 15th to the 17th. The text below was in an email from ARL/SPARC as a Special Member Communication.

The goal of OpenCon was to convene those in the next generation leading the charge for openness in research and education, energize them by bringing them together with peers and leaders in the community, and support them in their advocacy efforts after the meeting – particularly in projects done in collaboration with their libraries.

ARL needs a SHARE Technical Project Manager

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is looking for someone to manage an 18-month project to build the SHared Access Research Ecosystem (SHARE) Notification Service. SHARE is a collaborative initiative between the ARL, the Association of American Universities, and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities.  This PDF has more information about the open position.

AAUP Recommendations for Successful Press-Library Collaborations

The Library Relations Committee of the Association of American University Presses (AAUP) has released the results of extensive surveying and interviews with member institutions of both AAUP and the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), conducted in 2012-2013.

AAUP’s conclusions and recommendations for successful collaboration between presses and libraries can be found on their website, along with a full length report.

University library and university press collaborations

There are many people who would like to see greater collaboration between university libraries and university presses. Here is a poster presentation that advocates for more collaboration.

Library-Press Collaborations Poster Presentation” by Charlotte Roh, University of Massachusetts Amherst

In order to better understand the new evolving relationships between university presses and academic libraries, a review of press and library collaborations was undertaken by the University of Arizona (UA) Press and the UA Libraries through the Association of Research Libraries Career Enhancement Program (ARL CEP). The ARL CEP Fellow reviewed existing literature, interviewed staff at the University of Arizona, and conducted 27 informal interviews with library deans, press directors, and scholarly communications leaders. The interviews addressed the partnership history, structure, motivations, goals and needs, administrative support and budget decisions, key stakeholders, and thoughts on the future of their relationships as well as scholarly communications. The study explored UA perceptions of the library and press, and asked the staff to consider current challenges and future steps. The final report reviews trends and makes recommendations for collaboration and healthy relationships.

Library assessment could have a collaboration index?

Elliott Shore, ARL executive director, delivered the opening keynote address at the 10th Northumbria International Conference on Performance Measurement in Libraries and Information Services in York, England in July of 2013.

In the presentation, he addressed the topic of a collaboration index.

On his listening tour, Shore has also heard suggestions for new, more useful types of measures. People have asked, could there be a cost-avoidance index? Could there be a collaboration index? Could there be an enterprise-fit index? Innovative libraries are not being rewarded for saving money, collaborating with peers, and fostering cultures that advance higher education. These qualities need to be captured somehow in the measures used to evaluate libraries.

Collaboration is key to transform liaison roles

This ARL report, New Roles for New Times: Transforming Liaison Roles in Research Libraries, recently came out. It is by Janice M. Jaguszewski, University of Minnesota Libraries, and Karen Williams, University of Arizona Libraries. The report:

presents findings from interviews and other research into current trends in liaison librarianship, surfacing several challenges to the established, overarching liaison structure.

Within the report, they discussed collaboration on pages 13 and 14.

Collaboration and partnerships at every level, as well as clear roles and responsibilities, are critical to leveraging expertise and thereby developing and expanding new services, liaison roles, and library roles more generally. Librarians are increasingly inter-reliant with others on campus.

Everyone interviewed recognized the need for collaboration as new library roles and models emerge. As previously noted, the hybrid model of liaisons and functional specialists requires a team approach as well as a strong referral system. And, of course, the very use of the term “liaison,” which refers to a librarian’s connection with academic departments, suggests collaboration and partnership with faculty.

ACRL Scholarly Communication Discussion Group

When: Sunday, January 27, 2013, 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Location: Washington State Convention Center, Room 606-607

“The ACRL Scholarly Communications Discussion group will expand on the ideas presented at Saturday’s SPARC Forum regarding ‘Impact Factors and Article Level Metrics’. We will discuss new roles, services, and collaborative opportunities that libraries can participate in to further awareness of altmetrics and extend support for open access initiatives on their campus.”

New Open Access Statement from SPARC/SOROS/BOAI

From SPARC/ARL — Scientists, Foundations, Libraries, Universities, and Advocates Unite and Issue New Recommendations to Make Research Freely Available to All Online

WASHINGTON — In response to the growing demand to make research free and available to anyone with a computer and an internet connection, a diverse coalition today issued new guidelines ( that could usher in huge advances in the sciences, medicine, and health.

The recommendations were developed by leaders of the Open Access movement (, which has worked for the past decade to provide the public with unrestricted, free access to scholarly research—much of which is publicly funded. Making the research publicly available to everyone—free of charge and without most copyright and licensing restrictions—will accelerate scientific research efforts and allow authors to reach a larger number of readers.

and more.

“Library Publishing Services” research report from ARL SPARC

This is from the Introduction of Library Publishing Services: Strategies for Success by Raym Crow, October Ivins, Allyson Mower, Daureen Nesdill, Mark Newton, Julie Speer, and Charles Watkinson.

Recognizing that library publishing services represent one part of a complex ecology of scholarly communication, Purdue University Libraries, in collaboration with the Libraries of Georgia Institute of Technology and the University of Utah, secured an IMLS National Leadership Grant under the title “Library Publishing Services: Strategies for Success.” The project, conducted between October 2010 and September 2011, seeks to advance the professionalism of library-based publishing by identifying successful library publishing strategies and services, highlighting best practices, and recommending priorities for building capacity.

The project has four components: 1) a survey of librarians designed to provide an overview of current practice for library publishing programs (led by consultant October Ivins); 2) a report presenting best practice case studies of the publishing programs at the partner institutions (written by consultant Raym Crow); 3) a series of workshops held at each participating institution to present and discuss the findings of the survey and case studies; and 4) a review of the existing literature on library publishing services. The results of these research threads are pulled together in this project white paper.

Click on the contents tab to see the various sections of the report.

Three items from the LJ Infodocket

Here they are:

  1. METRO Collaborative Digitization Showcase – Local and Global Collaboration
  2. New Orleans Public Library Partnership Will Bring Largest Culinary Library in the South to the Big Easy
  3. ARL SPEC Kit 328: Collaborative Teaching and Learning Tools