Themes within the ARL
Strategic Plan 2010–2012
Charles B. Lowry, ARL Executive Director
Introduction
T
he Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Strategic Plan, adopted in
2004 and revised during 2009, frames the work of the Association
within Strategic Directions and Enabling Capabilities (see illustration
below). This organization is rational and purposeful and focused to meet the
challenges of the ARL Mission Statement.
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FEBRUARY 2010 RESEARCH LIBRARY ISSUES: A BIMONTHLY REPORT FROM ARL, CNI, AND SPARC
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 allied
organizations.
ARL Strategic Directions & Enabling Capabilities 2010–2012
The illustration conveys the conceptual model that underpins the work and
close relationships between and amongst the Strategic Directions and Enabling
Capabilities, and highlights the transformation zone that lies at their
intersection. Each of the domains circumscribed by the three Strategic Directions
is dynamically and radically evolving, often with influences on the others.
Research libraries remain vital by embracing opportunities to improve their
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