To cite this article: Charles B. Lowry. “Themes within the ARL Strategic Plan
2010–2012.” Research Library Issues: A Bimonthly Report from ARL, CNI, and
SPARC, no. 268 (Feb. 2010): 1–9.
Themes within the ARL Strategic Plan 2010–2012
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e.g., Research Library
e.g., Career Enhancement
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ARL’s Committee Structure
The current roster of ARL committees is posted on the ARL Web site at
As needed, the Steering Committees establish subgroups: working groups to monitor certain areas
and to offer advice on an ongoing basis, or task forces to fast track analysis of a specific question.
Through these committees and other groups, member library representatives continuously
collaborate with ARL staff to develop, prioritize, and assess actions and next steps. The resulting
action agendas are summarized through working documents formally called “Review of Activities,
Projects, and Priorities”; more commonly called the “grid reports,” a shorthand name derived from
their format. As working documents, the grids breathe life into the Strategic Plan by detailing the
steps planned or taken to advance an outcome. The grids are updated quarterly and posted on the
members-only directors wiki, and reported on at semi-annual ARL Business Meetings.