The work of libraries has been experiencing profound transformation due in large part to the explosion of technology as a means for learning, creating and sharing information. New competencies, roles, positions, and retooling are part of this evolving landscape. The Association of Research Libraries Position Description Bank (ARL PD Bank) offers a wealth of insight into these changes and the fluxing state of library work.
Library human resource managers spend considerable effort writing, distributing, archiving, and retrieving position descriptions (PD). These essential, strategic, and ubiquitous tools, used to organize libraries at the most individual level, are now collected in a dynamic digital collection: the ARL PD Bank. This collection is an exciting tool for learning about the work libraries are now performing and how it is organized.
With 115+ registered institutions throughout the US and Canada, and 1,600+ PDs, the ARL PD Bank offers the first of its kind comprehensive, searchable 'bank' of PDs, designed to support HR management functions and the sharing of information on the evolving work of libraries. Developed by a team of personnel officers from over a dozen academic and research libraries, through a grant from ARL, the ARL PD Bank continues to expand to non-ARL institutions belonging to other consortia. Further information regarding this tool is available at http://www.arl.org/leadership-recruitment/arl-position-description-bank and at http://ufdc.ufl.edu/AA00013507/00001.
The session will discuss the development of the system and present current data on library functional activities. Features of the system will be demonstrated and data accessible live, via an iPad.
The poster will include colorful tables and graphs depicting current data from the ARL PD Bank.