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As we look towards the January 15, 2021 deadline for completing the ALLStAR Official Survey (AOS), we have developed a series of five webinars to support your library’s data collection and submission efforts. Amanda Karel, the ALLStAR Project Manager, will host the webinars described below. Each webinar is a stand-alone session and will not repeat significant amounts of content from prior sessions. Time will be set aside in each session for responding to webinar participants' questions. The webinars are open to all ALLStAR users – so please join us regardless of your level of expertise, years of experience, or amount of mental rustiness regarding ALLStAR and the AOS.
This webinar provides an overview of ALLStAR Portal features, discusses the purpose of the AOS, and gives a high-level look at how to interpret AOS questions and submit data in response to AOS questions. Some of the topics that will be discussed in this webinar include:
Webinars Two - Four
Each of the four remaining webinars in this series focus on different sections of the AOS. These AOS sections will serve as the context for discussing three topics: strategies for organizing library data to facilitate answering AOS questions, considerations when completing each section of the AOS, and the importance of key terms' definitions in the AOS questions. While these topics will repeat across the webinars, the differences between the sections of the AOS will result in different content for each webinar.
Sections 100, 700, 800, and 900 of the AOS ask ALLStAR users to submit data about library personnel, library facilities, and the law school. Some of the topics that will be discussed in this webinar include:
In sections 200, 300, and 380 ALLStAR users are asked to provide detailed data about their library’s personnel, non-personnel, and total expenditures. Some of the topics that will be discussed in this webinar include:
AOS Section 400 is a deep dive into library collections. Some of the topics that will be discussed in this webinar include:
The final webinar will cover AOS Sections 500 and 600, which focus on Library Services and Interlibrary Loan (ILL). Some of the topics that will be discussed in this webinar include:
Renewals are open for the upcoming year of ALLStAR. Subscriptions run from October 1, 2020 - September 30, 2021. Renew by September 28 to ensure that you retain access to the site.
The cost of ALLStAR renewals and new subscriptions remain that same for the 2020-21 subscription period:
Information on membership tier features is available at nellco.org/allstarparticipation.
Why Should You Subscribe to ALLStAR?
It’s more important than ever for law libraries to document their budgets, services, and personnel levels so they can see trends over the next few years in their library and in their peer institutions.
Nearly all libraries are facing budget decreases and hiring freezes, while being asked to maintain their high levels of service. Tracking data now will pay dividends in the near future as we rebuild after the pandemic.
Additional Benefits of ALLStAR:
Questions about subscriptions, tiers, or other ALLStAR-related matters can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where Do Subscribe or Renew?
Ready to subscribe or renew? Go ahead!
The ALLStAR Official Survey (AOS) opened August 4th for libraries to begin submitting data about the 2020 Fiscal Year. The survey will be open until January 15, 2021. We anticipate releasing reports based on this year's data collection in Spring 2021.
The AOS includes questions from ARL, ACRL, IPEDS, and USNWR, as well as select questions from the legacy ABA survey. Finally, the AOS includes a set of questions developed by the ALLStAR Content Committee about current issues facing law librarianship. This year, these questions focus on law practice technology courses and explores issues such as if law practice technology courses are offered, the frequency these courses are offered, the topics covered in these courses, and assessment/certification mechanisms used in the courses.
ALLStAR users should have received an email on August 4, 2020 with their username and password to access the ALLStAR portal at https://allstar.countingopinions.com/. If you have not yet received this information, please send an email to email@example.com.
We recognize that the COVID-19 pandemic may have impacted your library's operations and/or staffing during FY 20, which, in turn, would impact your library’s responses to the AOS. When you are responding to the AOS we ask that you:
Additional details about the AOS are available here.
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:
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
To view past ALLStAR Announcements visit the ALLStAR Announcements Archive