With these long-term problems clearly in mind, ARL can exploit varied tactics
for moving forward the research library agenda. The outcomes designated in the
2010–2012 Strategic Plan provide a framework for ARL’s work and the strategies
suggest areas where actions may bear results. The problems noted above are the
ones we seek to address across ARL programs and in close cooperation with our
partners, the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) and the Scholarly
Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), as well as with any
other allied organization that shares with us common memberships or goals.
The Roles of ARL’s Enabling Capabilities
ARL’s budget and staff are organized around the plan’s Strategic Directions and
Enabling Capabilities. The Strategic Directions are described fully in the plan
that follows. Enabling Capabilities are categories of effort that provide support
across the entire organization. They include Governance, Membership Meetings,
Communications & Alliances, as well as two key areas that warrant a closer look
to illustrate their contributions to ARL’s agenda: Statistics & Assessment and
Diversity & Leadership.
Statistics & Assessment
The ARL Statistics & Assessment program focuses on describing and
measuring the performance of research libraries and their contributions to
research, scholarship, and community service. ARL serves a leadership role in
the development, testing, and application of academic library performance
measures, statistics, and management tools. The program provides analysis
and reporting of quantitative and qualitative indicators of library collections,
personnel, and services by using a variety of evidence-gathering mechanisms
and tools.
Library assessment has gained in prominence as institutional calls for greater
accountability abound. The Library Assessment Conference (co-sponsored by
the University of Virginia Library and the University of Washington Libraries) is
a biennial event gathering a vibrant community of practitioners and researchers
engaged with the critical mission of demonstrating the value of the library in
today’s ever-changing environment.
The recent strategic planning process reinforced the Statistics & Assessment
program’s collaboration with the Transforming Research Libraries Strategic
Direction. There is a need to articulate transformed library roles and to
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