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August 4, 2020: FY20 ALLStAR Official Survey (AOS) Now Open

The ALLStAR Benchmarking Project is pleased to announce that the ALLStAR Official Survey (AOS) will be open for data entry from August 4, 2020 through January 15, 2021. Details about the AOS are available here

July 2, 2020: FY19 ALLStAR Reports Now Available

The ALLStAR Project is pleased to share that the standard reports created from the responses to the ALLStAR Official Survey (AOS) for the 2018-19 Fiscal Year are now available to ALLStAR Users. 

Overview of the 14 Standard Reports

These reports, which are accessible to all ALLStAR users, present the results of the AOS which includes questions from the ACRL, ARL, IPEDS, US News, and ABA legacy surveys.  The 14 standard reports are the:

  • Personnel Report which discusses staffing size, such as the number of FTE librarians or headcount of student assistants

  • Hours of Staffing Report that focuses on library staffing, such as number of hours professional staff are on duty per week or the number of hours per week students/part-time staff are on duty.

  • Personnel Expenditures Report is focused on salaries and wages for library staff and fringe benefits expenditures

  • Non-Personnel Expenditures Report explores issues such as e-journal expenditures and preservation services expenses

  • Collections Report shows the size and makeup of library collections (e.g., number of print/physical books, number of microform titles)

  • Off-Site and Institutional Repositories Report examines the use of and participation in institutional repositories as well as connections to other campus libraries/consortia in catalogs and off-site volume storage

  • Reference Services and Presentations Report looks at the number of hours of provided reference services; number of reference transactions, consultations, and presentations; and presentation attendance

  • Usage of Library Services Report presents data about the number of circulations, successful article requests, regular and federated searches, as well as statistics about e-book and e-serials usage 

  • Services - Gate Counts and Times Open Report covers typical week and annual gate counts as well as the number of hours per week the libraries are open during regular, abbreviated, and expanded schedules 

  • ILL Report looks at the presence of interlibrary loan services and issues such as the number of filled requests and the number of materials received from other libraries and commercial services
  • Facilities Report presents information about the libraries' net square footage of space, amount of shelving capacity, and number of seats for library users  
  • Degrees, Faculty & Enrollments Report provides contextual information about the institution in which law libraries are situated (e.g., student headcounts, number of full-time instructional faculty)

  • Information Technology Report discusses if law schools require entering students to own a computer

  • Notes/Footnotes Report presents any additional notes that participants felt were important for understanding submitted data
  • Trends FY 18-19 Report presents the results of the “hot topics” questions asked on the AOS. For FY19, the trends questions focused on collection digitization (e.g., types of materials, digitization of copyrighted materials, digitization process, digitized materials storage)

Who Can Access the Reports?

All ALLStAR users, regardless of membership tier, can access these standardized reports. In addition, ALLStAR subscribers can save, edit, manipulate, and create new reports using the AOS data.

When developing new reports, ALLStAR users have access to nearly 90 pre-set derived ratios to gain better insight into the data.  These ratios cover many aspects of law libraries, including, but not limited to: facilities (e.g., number of seats available per FTE student), reference services (e.g., number of reference hours per reference transaction), collections (e.g., number of titles held per full-time student), personnel (e.g., number of professional FTE librarians per faculty), and expenditures (e.g., total expenditures per FTE student).

Tier 3 and Tier 4 subscribers can also create reports that incorporate other data stored in ALLStAR, including ABA Law School data from the Required Disclosures (e.g., LSAT, curriculum data).

How Do I Access the Reports?

To access these reports:

  1. Login to your ALLStAR account via LibPAS at

  2. Click the blue Reports button in the center of the main screen.
  3. The reports landing page will load. On the Reports page, select the "ALLStAR" tab and the “FY18-19 ALLStAR Official Survey Reports” tab for a list of reports (highlighted by red boxes in the screen shot below).

This set of steps will lead you to the screen illustrated below that lists the available reports. Click the hyperlink for the report you wish to view.














Interested in Doing More with Your Reports?

If you are new to creating or using reports, or just need a refresher, there are several video tutorials and written documentation on NELLCO’s ALLStAR Support website that can help you get started.  You are also welcome to send questions to the ALLStAR Project Manager, Amanda Karel, at


January 16,2020: New Project Manager

We are excited to announce that we have hired Amanda Karel as ALLStAR Project Manager. She has over a decade of experience in research and assessment in higher education. Most recently, she has served as the Assessment Lead for the Division of Student Life at the University of Michigan. She has also worked with benchmarking data at Austin Community Colleges and was involved in the assessment of student learning from library instruction at Ferris State University. We look forward to Amanda working closely with the ALLStAR Advisory Board and overseeing the continued development of ALLStAR Benchmarking, including the AOS.


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