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.”