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MINES for Libraries®: Measuring the Impact of Networked Electronic Services and the Ontario Council of University Libraries' Scholar Portal, Final Report 2011 [PDF]
by Martha Kyrillidou et al.
This final report of a ground-breaking study summarizes findings on 34,000 randomly captured uses of electronic resources over a 12-month period from the 21 members of the Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL). The results show the increasing value derived from the use of digital content, the emerging use of digital resources in the humanities, and the soaring use of e-resources from off-campus locations.

E-Science and Data Support Services: A Study of ARL Member Institutions, Aug. 2010 [PDF]
by Catherine Soehner, Catherine Steeves, and Jennifer Ward
This study was sponsored by the ARL E-Science Working Group to build an understanding of how libraries can contribute to e-science activities in their institution and identify organizations and institutions that have similar interests in e-science to leverage research library interests. The report synthesizes data collected in a 2009 survey with subsequent interviews of several responding libraries.

Year Two of the "Great Recession": Surviving the Present by Building the Future, May 2010
by Charles B. Lowry
This longer version of the April 2010 ARL Membership Meeting budget presentation has been presented in different forms at several conferences. It will be published in this form in an upcoming issue of the Journal of Library Administration.

Documents for a Digital Democracy: A Model for the Federal Depository Library Program in the 21st Century, Dec. 2009 [PDF]
by Roger C. Schonfeld and Ross Housewright
Examines the essential role of the FDLP in distributing, providing access to, and preserving government documents. Provides a framework to ensure that public access continues as the environment for information dissemination and usage rapidly changes.

Safeguarding Collections at the Dawn of the 21st Century: Describing Roles & Measuring Contemporary Preservation Activities in ARL Libraries, May 2009 [PDF]
by Lars Meyer
Provides a current picture of preservation activities in ARL member libraries and makes recommendations about how libraries should characterize and measure those activities.

Special Collections in ARL Libraries: A Discussion Report from the ARL Working Group on Special Collections, March 2009 [PDF]
Identifies key issues in the management and exposure of special collections material in the 21st century.

Transformational Times: An Environmental Scan Prepared for the ARL Strategic Plan Review Task Force, Feb. 2009 [PDF]
by Charles B. Lowry, Prudence Adler, Karla Hahn, and Crit Stuart
Identifies trends that are likely to affect research libraries and the work of ARL over the next several years and considers related challenges as well as opportunities.

The Research Library’s Role in Digital Repository Services, Feb. 2009 [PDF]
Final Report of the ARL Digital Repository Issues Task Force
Identifies key issues surrounding repository development, explores common strategies that libraries are using, analyzes relevant environmental trends, discusses issues where ARL and its member libraries should focus attention, and recommends actions for research libraries to take.

A Guide for the Perplexed: Libraries and the Google Library Project Settlement, Nov. 2008 [PDF]
by Jonathan Band
Outlines and simplifies the provisions of the recent settlement agreement between Google, the Authors Guild, and the Association of American Publishers concerning Google’s scanning of copyrighted works, with special emphasis on the provisions that apply directly to libraries

Current Models of Digital Scholarly Communication, Nov. 2008
by Nancy L. Maron and K. Kirby Smith
Surveys and analyzes a wide range of new kinds of works currently used by scholars and researchers, discusses trends and patterns

ARL’s Strategic Plan, 2005–2009: Background & Assessment of Progress, Oct. 2008 [PDF]
This report was prepared as background for comment and membership-wide discussion at the October 2008 ARL Business Meeting.

Research Library Publishing Services: New Options for University Publishing, Mar. 2008 [PDF]
by Karla L. Hahn
Study of publishing services offered by ARL member libraries that provides valuable context for librarians and campus leaders considering the opportunities offered by this rapidly emerging research library role

The E-only Tipping Point for Journals: What's Ahead in the Print-to-Electronic Transition Zone, Dec. 2007 [PDF]
by Richard K. Johnson and Judy Luther
Examines the issues associated with the migration from dual-format publishing toward electronic-only publication of journals

Agenda for Developing E-Science in Research Libraries: ARL Joint Task Force on Library Support for E-Science Final Report & Recommendations, Nov. 2007 [PDF]
Concludes that "ARL's engagement in the issues of e-science is best focused on educational and policy roles, while partnering with other relevant organizations to contribute in strategic areas of technology development and new genres of publication."

In Google's Broad Wake: Taking Responsibility for Shaping the Global Digital Library, in ARL: A Bimonthly Report (Feb. 2007) [PDF]
by Richard K. Johnson
Urges libraries to reject the notion that recent mass digitization contracts have established the norms for future agreements.

To Stand the Test of Time: Long-term Stewardship of Digital Data Sets in Science and Engineering, Sept. 2006 [36 MB PDF]
A Report to the National Science Foundation from the ARL Workshop on "New Collaborative Relationships: The Role of Academic Libraries in the Digital Data Universe."

Changing Global Book Collection Patterns in ARL Libraries, March 2007 [PDF]
by Mary E. Jackson, Lynn Silipigni Connaway, Edward T. O'Neill, and Eudora Loh
This report analyzes ARL member library cataloging data in the OCLC WorldCat database and presents evidence of changing patterns of collecting books with foreign imprints.

Copyright, Public Policy, and the Scholarly Community, July 1995
edited by Michael Matthews and Patricia Brennan
Five experts offer their perspectives on the strategies and public policy choices involved in defining the rights and responsibilities of copyright owners, users, and libraries in the networked environment.

Reports of the AAU Task Forces, May 1994
Association of American Universities Research Libraries Project in collaboration with the Association of Research Libraries

  • Acquisition and Distribution of Foreign Language and Area Studies Materials

  • A National Strategy for Managing Scientific and Technological Information

  • Intellectual Property Rights in an Electronic Environment

University Libraries and Scholarly Communication, Nov. 1992
by Anthony M. Cummings, Marcia L. Witte, William G. Bowen, Laura O. Lazarus, and Richard H. Ekman
published by ARL for the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
This study addresses: (1) the explosion in quantity of published material and a rapid escalation of unit prices for those items, which jeopardizes the traditional research library mission of creating and maintaining large self-sufficient collections for their users and (2) the rapid emergence and development of electronic information technologies that make it possible to envision radically different ways of organizing collections and services the library has traditionally provided.