ARL Strategic Plan
Endorsed by ARL Board of Directors, October 15, 2009
ARL Mission Statement
ARL influences the changing environment of scholarly communication and
the public policies that affect research libraries and the diverse communities
they serve. ARL pursues this mission by advancing the goals of its member
research libraries, providing leadership in public and information policy to the
scholarly and higher education communities, fostering the exchange of ideas
and expertise, facilitating the emergence of new roles for research libraries,
and shaping a future environment that leverages its interests with those of
The following strategic directions, outcomes, and strategies form the heart of
ARL’s strategic plan.
• The strategic directions identify major areas of emphasis for ARL in
the coming three years. They are broad and also closely linked and
interdependent. All have been identified as critical priorities for ARL
at this point in time.
• The outcomes provide some indications of what might be expected as
a result of moving in these directions.
• The strategies suggest how ARL might begin to implement these
directions. Over time, as strategies are implemented, new strategies
will be identified or current ones modified to meet the changing
environment and evolving needs of ARL libraries.
FEBRUARY 2010 RESEARCH LIBRARY ISSUES: A BIMONTHLY REPORT FROM ARL, CNI, AND SPARC