Responsibilities for Managing
the Strategic Plan
ARL is a member-driven organization and this plan is fundamentally shaped
by that fact. The distribution of the responsibility for assuring that it is executed
with the intentions of members in mind is defined through the governance
structure.
The Board of Directors is responsible for ongoing oversight to assure
that various projects advanced from the committee and working group
structure and the efforts of the ARL staff fall within the boundaries set
by the plan and remain focused on the core directions, avoiding any
drift in execution of the mission.
The principal work of the strategic plan is carried out by staff in
partnership with member representatives and through the committee
and working group structure. Normally, the formal governance
structure is the instrument through which work gets done. However,
on occasion groups of interested members may be convened to take
on specialized work ad hoc.
ARL staff work through these mechanisms to generate the ongoing
agenda that results in outcomes of the Plan. In particular, staff must
assure orderly progress and efficiency in executing the agenda
developed through the governance structure. In addition, staff support
the activities during membership and board meetings and assure that
there is progress on agendas between meetings, thus guaranteeing
agility of the Association. Equally important, the staff work closely
across strategic directions and enabling capabilities to achieve close
coordination of agendas when, for example, the same issue needs to be
addressed simultaneously but in different contexts and/or different
fronts or, when issues transition from policy implementation. Similarly,
staff work closely with SPARC and CNI to minimize redundancy of
effort and maximize the synergy that leads to success in advancing
common goals with modest resources.
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