ARL Research and Analytics Committee

The ARL Statistics & Assessment Committee was renamed the ARL Research and Analytics Committee in January of 2019 following an extensive program review.  The Research and Analytics Committee guides the work of the ARL Research and Analytics Program staff. This section of the site provides information about the committee, Research and Analytics-related Task Forces and projects, and includes a links to historical materials.

The Research and Analytics Committee (RAC) is a standing committee that develops and oversees ARL's role in describing the contributions of libraries to research, teaching, learning, and community service as captured through outcomes assessment. This program develops new analytics that are responsible to the changing roles and needs of ARL members while also maintaining longitudinal and comparative peer data. A primary goal is to empower agile and dynamic decision-making by members through the mining and use of timely and relevant data in new ways that will enable integration with other data used by parent institutions and professional organizations. Key concerns include demonstrating the value and cost effectiveness of library resources and services in ways promoting alignment with institutional outcomes. The RAC connects with other statistical and assessment entities that generate university rankings, provide benchmarks, identify resource strengths and weaknesses, monitor organizational performance, and measure changes in library direction and involvement. The committee also supports ARL's internal assessment and evaluation processes. (Staff liaison: Sue Baughman)  Current ARL Statistics and Assessment Committee Roster.

The committee was previously known as the ARL Statistics and Assessment Committee from 2006 to 2019 and focused on measuring the continuing and the emerging realities of the modern research library. The committee advised the Statistics and Measurement Program on the traditional measures of collections, budgets, and staffing and also sought credible indicators for research library performance, new services, consortial arrangements, electronic information, the influence of the Internet, and the ways in which students and faculty interacted with each other and with research libraries. Prior to 2006, the committee was named the ARL Statistics and Measurement Committee, and reorganized as part of the 2005–06 ARL Strategic Planning process. The ARL Board established the ARL Statistics and Assessment committee between July 2005 to March 2006, and the new ARL Statistics and Assessment Committee met for the first time in May 2006.