May 22, 2022

Organization of Scholarly Communication Services, a New SPEC Kit from ARL

New from the Association of Research Libraries: Organization of Scholarly Communication Services (SPEC Kit 332).

All SPEC kits are fee-based reports (ordering info) but complete executive summary are available for free.

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has published Organization of Scholarly Communication Services, SPEC Kit 332, which explores how research institutions are currently organizing staff to support scholarly communication services, and whether their organizational structures have changed since 2007, when member libraries were surveyed about their scholarly communication education initiatives. It covers who leads scholarly communication efforts inside and outside the library, the scholarly communication related services that are offered to researchers, and which staff support those services. It also looks at how the library measures the success of its scholarly communication services, including demonstrable outcomes of these services.

The SPEC Kit includes position descriptions for library leaders of scholarly communication efforts, charges for SC committees, organization charts, descriptions of SC services, assessment tools, open access policies, and SC resolutions.
Note: ARL SPEC Kits published from 1973 through 2005 (SPEC Kit 1 – 291) are available at no charge via the HathiTrust.
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