From ARL Statistics 2002-03
During his 41-year career at the University of Virginia Library, Kendon Stubbs became the leading authority on defining the size of, and measuring the services provided by, academic research libraries. In 1980 while serving as consultant to the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), he was asked to address new criteria for defining ARL membership. His response was a report to the ARL Membership Committee proposing an ARL Membership Criteria Index. The methods suggested in "The ARL Library Index and Quantitative Relationships in the ARL" (Washington, DC: ARL, 1980) almost immediately became the definitive test for ARL membership. Later, Kendon applied these methods to the historical ARL data with David Buxton in "Cumulated ARL University Library Statistics 1962-63 through 1978-79" (Washington, DC: ARL, 1981), and to more than 3,000 academic libraries in the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) publication "Quantitative Criteria for Academic Research Libraries" (Chicago: ACRL, 1984). All of these works are monuments in the field of library science, characterized by Kendon’s desire to remove what he called “ineluctable fuzziness” from the process of defining research library criteria. Stubbs later turned his critical eye onto those who would use his statistical methods incorrectly, such as in the article “Apples and Oranges and ARL Statistics” (Journal of Academic Librarianship 14 (September 1988): 231–235). It seems only fitting that the first ARL Statistics published after his retirement from the University of Virginia Library should be dedicated to Kendon in recognition of the contributions of his distinguished career.
The information above is derived from “A Tribute to Kendon Lee Stubbs” (Charlottesville, VA: University of Virginia Library, ), http://www.lib.virginia.edu/kls/text_only.html.