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CALL: ARL Proposals for SPEC Survey Topics 2010

Washington DC The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is seeking proposals for 2010 SPEC survey topics. For more than 35 years ARL has gathered and disseminated data through the SPEC survey program to assist libraries in the continuous improvement of their management systems. Each year, ARL works with librarians in North America to develop six surveys of the ARL membership on “hot topics” related to research library policies and practices. (Survey authors do not need to work at an ARL member library, but only ARL libraries are surveyed.)
Criteria for selecting a survey topic include its currency and insightfulness, its importance to research libraries, its relevance to ARL’s three strategic directions (Scholarly Communication; Public Policies; and Transforming Library Roles in Research, Teaching, and Learning) or the Association’s programs that promote diversity and assessment, and whether documents that illustrate current policies and practices can be gathered. Examples of current developments of interest to research libraries that could fit the SPEC model include activities to increase discovery and access to “hidden collections,” digital image collections and services, digital preservation, and graduate student outreach, among many others.
To be considered for 2010, proposals must be submitted online by July 24, 2009. Proposals will be reviewed and successful authors will be notified by August 3. Additional information and the link to the online submission form are available at