Emory Libraries now have an online subscription to the Association of Research Libraries electronic SPEC Kits, giving anyone using an Emory Internet Protocol address an opportunity to learn more about the practices and policies used in ARL libraries. Although the library has previous editions in print, the library didn't have access to electronic versions of the entire catalog of many newer kits. The electronic SPEC kits are listed in discoverE.
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Although the SPEC Kits were originally intended for academic librarians, over time they've proven useful to information professionals working in different environments. Librarians chosen to write the kits work with ARL staff to survey librarians, develop and write the SPEC Kit, which includes results of the survey, documentation, and any selected resources that support the kit.
Digital SPEC Kits are available via the ARL website back through 1993, although older kits are available in electronic format via the HathiTrust digital library. Hard copies of Emory's holdings can be found on the fourth floor of the Woodruff Library's Stacks Tower.
Among the kits available for digital download via the new subscription is the November 2011 SPEC Kit on Digital Humanities, co-authored by Tim Bryson, Miriam Posner, Alain St. Pierre, and Stewart Varner, all of whom worked in the Emory Libraries at the time.
Emory University is a member of the Association of Research Libraries.
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