• The ARL Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce: Refining One Approach to Diversity Recruitment in Research Libraries

      Puente, Mark A.; Association of Research Libraries (2012-04-24)
      Since 2000 the Association of Research Libraries' (ARL) Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce (IRDW) has provided financial support, training, and leadership development to over 150 master of library and information science (MLIS) students from traditionally underrepresented racial and ethnic minority groups. Recent iterations of this Institute of Museum and Library Sciences (IMLS) and ARL-member funded program have focused on recruitment of students with academic backgrounds in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. This poster will highlight program successes with respect to outputs, long-term impact on the LIS profession, and the perceived effect on career tracks of program participants.
    • The Directors' Panel

      Gherman, Paul; Webster, Duane; Franklin, Brinley; Jean and Alexander Heard Library, Vanderbilt University; Association of Research Libraries; University of Connecticut (2006-04-06)
      Panelists will respond to the following questions. *What are the 3 critical opportunities for libraries that we must pay attention to in the next 5 years? *What are the characteristics of strategies that we need to learn in order to be successful? *What are the risks we need to be ready to take?
    • Making Library Assessment Work: The Role of Organizational Culture(s)

      Kyrillidou, Martha; Hiller, Steve; Self, Jim; Association of Research Libraries; University of Washington Libraries; University of Virginia Library (2006-04-06)
      The Association of Research Libraries sponsored program "Making Library Assessment Work" is a two year effort to evaluate assessment efforts in ARL Libraries. Led by Visiting Program Officers Steve Hiller (University of Washington Libraries) and Jim Self (University of Virginia Library) and under the aegis of the Director of the ARL Statistics and Measurement Program, Martha Kyrillidou, twenty-five ARL libraries are participating. Each library does a "self study" of their assessment efforts and needs which is followed by a 2 day site visit and a report containing recommendations and suggestions for an effective, sustainable and practical assessment program. One of the more interesting findings from the 12 libraries visited in 2005 was the relationship of organizational culture(s) and structure to effective library assessment. Each library had a distinctive culture (or cultures) that exerted a powerful influence on the success of assessment efforts. It became clear that sustainable and effective assessment must take into account existing local cultures to be successful. What works in one library won't necessarily work in others. This presentation reviews the range of organizational cultures encountered and discusses the different approaches recommended to make library assessment work in each library.