RLLF Report on Profiles

Robert Fox, Patrick Reakes, Bryan Skib, Ann Snowman
October 2010

Four participants in the 2009–10 ARL Research Library Leadership Fellows (RLLF) program selected the ARL member library profiles as the subject of their RLLF group project. The group worked with Martha Kyrillidou, Senior Director of ARL Statistics and Service Quality Programs, to develop the scope of their project, which was to review the profiles and make recommendations that might inform future changes to the ARL Annual and Supplementary Statistics. The group drafted a list of themes from the profiles and gathered feedback from other RLLF fellows and colleagues in their libraries on the themes that warranted further study. The feedback included possible data-collection mechanisms and frequency. Some of the themes that emerged from this review of the profiles included:

  • digital publishing
  • e-science/data curation and management
  • collaborations across all levels and on/off campus
  • assessment activities/space utilization
  • social networking tools/mobile applications
  • staffing changes
  • collaborative collection building/development

The group's complete report and recommendations—linked below—have been made available to the Task Force on Reviewing ARL Statistics, ARL Supplementary Statistics, and ARL Annual Salary Survey, which began its work in October 2010. This task force is charged to review the three flagship ARL statistical publications and recommend data elements that should be dropped or revised.

ARL Profiles: Emerging Themes [pdf]