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Chronicle of Higher Education articles

Each year, the Chronicle of Higher Education publishes the ARL Index. Additional articles documenting different facets of the history of the Index are listed below; note that the online version of the Chronicle requires a password to visit its Web site.

"Library Investment Index at University Research Libraries, 2008-09."  Chronicle of Higher Education, Almanac 2009-2010.

"Library Investment Index at University Research Libraries, 2007-08."  Chronicle of Higher Education, Almanac 2008-2009.

"Index of Expenditures at University Research Libraries, 2005-06."  Chronicle of Higher Education, Almanac 2007-08.

"Holdings of University Research Libraries in U.S. and Canada, 2004-05."  Chronicle of Higher Education, Almanac 2006-07.

"Holdings of University Research Libraries in U.S. and Canada, 2003-04."  Chronicle of Higher Education, May 20, 2005.

"Holdings of University Research Libraries in U.S. and Canada, 2002-03."  Chronicle of Higher Education, April 30, 2004.

"Holdings of University Research Libraries in U.S. and Canada, 2001-02."  Chronicle of Higher Education, May 30, 2003.

"Holdings of University Research Libraries in U.S. and Canada, 2000-01."  Chronicle of Higher Education, August 9, 2002.

"Holdings of University Research Libraries in U.S. and Canada, 1999-2000."  Chronicle of Higher Education, June 22, 2001.


Related Readings

"The ARL Membership Criteria Index." ARL: A Bimonthly Report, no. 197 (April 1998). [PDF]

Allen, Frank R. and Mark Dickie. "Toward a Formula-Based Model for Academic Library Funding: Statistical Significance and Implications of a Model Based Upon Institutional Characteristics" College and Research Libraries 67 (May 2006): 230-39.

Borgman, Christine L. and Jonathan Furner. "Scholarly Communication and Bibliometrics" Annual Review of Information Science and Technology 36 (2002): 3-72.

Budd, John M. "Faculty Publishing Productivity: An Institutional Analysis and Comparison with Library and Other Measures" College and Research Libraries 56 (Nov 1995): 547-54.

_____. "Increases in Faculty Publishing Activity: An Analysis of ARL and ACRL Institutions" College and Research Libraries 60 (July 1999): 308-15.

_____. "Faculty Publishing Productivity: Comparisons over Time" College and Research Libraries 67 (May 2006): 230-39.

Hendrix, Dean. "Relationships between Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Statistics and Bibliometric Indicators: A Principal Component Analysis" College and Research Libraries, 71 (1) (2010): 32-41.

Franklin, Brinley, Colleen Cook, Martha Kyrillidou and Bruce Thompson.  "Library Investment Index: Why is it important?" Proceedings of the 2008 Library Assessment Conference: Building Effective, Sustainable and Practical Assessment, August 4-8, 2009, Seattle, Washington: 147. [PDF]

Kyrillidou, Martha, and William Crowe. "In Search of New Measures." ARL: A Bimonthly Report, no. 197 (April 1998). [PDF]

Kyrillidou, Martha. "Research Library Trends: ARL Statistics." Journal of Academic Librarianship 26 (2000): 427-436. [PDF]

———. "To Describe and Measure the Performance of North American Research Libraries." IFLA Journal 27, no. 4 (2001): 257-263.

———. "From Input and Output Measures to Quality and Outcome Measures, or, From the User in the Life of the Library to the Library in the Life of the User." Journal of Academic Librarianship 28 (2002): 42-46. [PDF]

———."Library Assessment as a Collaborative Enterprise." Resource Sharing and Information Networks 18, nos. 1-2, special issues on the theme "Creative Collaborations: Libraries within Their Institutions and Beyond" (2005-06): 73-87. [PDF]

_____. "The Impact of Electronic Publishing on Tracking Research Library Investment in Serials." ARL Bimonthly Report 249 (Dec 2006): 6-7.

_____. "Reshaping ARL Statistics to Capture the New Environment." ARL Bimonthly Report 256 (Feb. 2008): 9-11.

_____. "ARL Statistics: Redefining Serial Counts and Remaining Relevant in the 21st Century." Research Library Issues 262 (Feb. 2009): 18-20.

Mezick, Elizabeth M. "Return on Investment: Libraries and Student Retention" Journal of Academic Librarianship 33 (Sept 2007): 561-66.

Stoller, Michael. "A Decade of ARL Collection Development: A Look at the Data." Collection Building 25, no. 2 (2006): 45–51.

Stubbs, Kendon. "The ARL Library Index and Quantitative Relationships in the ARL."  Report prepared for the Committee on ARL Statistics, November, 1980. [PDF]

———. "University Libraries: Standards and Statistics." College and Research Libraries 42 (November 1981): 527-38.

———. "On the ARL Library Index." In Research Libraries: Measurement, Management, Marketing. Minutes of the 108th Meeting of the Association of Research Libraries, May 1-2, 1986, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Washington, DC: ARL, 1986: 18-20. [PDF]

———. "Lies, Damned Lies...and ARL Statistics?" In Research Libraries: Measurement, Management, Marketing. Minutes of the 108th Meeting of the Association of Research Libraries, May 1-2, 1986, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Washington, DC: ARL, 1986: 79-85. [PDF]

———. "Apples and Oranges and ARL Statistics." Journal of Academic Librarianship 14 (September 1988): 231-35. 

———. "Access and ARL Membership Criteria." In Proceedings of the 125th Meeting of the Association of Research Libraries (August 1993): 117-22. [PDF]

Thompson, Bruce.“Some Alternative Quantitative Library Activity Descriptions/Statistics that Supplement the ARL Logarithmic Index.”

  Report prepared for the ARL Statistics and Assessment Committee, October 2006. [PDF]

Weiner, S. "Library Quality and Impact: Is There a Relationship between New Measures and Traditional Measures?" Journal of Academic Librarianship 31 (2005): 432-437.

———. "The Contribution of the Library to the Reputation of a University." Journal of Academic Librarianship 35 (2009): 3-13. doi:10.1016/j.acalib.2008.10.003.