Outcome E: ARL libraries will have a diverse and growing body of
professionals prepared to develop new roles and work in new modes.
Outcome F: ARL will have close ties to and highly visible collaborative
undertakings with organizations that focus on advancing the processes of
research and the scholarly research enterprise.
Strategies that ARL may pursue in moving forward include:
Strategy 1: Initiate visioning and scanning activities focused on emerging
roles for research libraries in the processes of research, scholarship, and
graduate education. Encourage and facilitate member engagement in
adopting new roles in advancing research and scholarship.
Strategy 2: Promote efforts to reconceptualize collection development
including in areas of special collections (broadly defined), global resources,
and other content distinctive to research libraries. Encourage new
approaches, including global partnerships, to ensuring and enhancing
the value of research collections through preservation, management, and
access for existing collections as well as evolving digital content (including
digital preservation and data curation).
Strategy 3: Engage in assessment of new library roles, articulate the value
propositions for new services, promote and publicize successful
collaborations, and encourage and promote conversations about them with
scholarly organizations and throughout the research and higher education
Strategy 4: Work with the scholarly community and societies to develop
discipline-specific strategies for monitoring and analyzing trends in research
practices. Identify opportunities for library/scholar partnerships and clarify
the resource and service implications of libraries adopting new roles in
Strategy 5: Promote and facilitate the development of a diverse group of
library professionals who have the expertise and knowledge to lead and
participate in new partnerships with researchers and university faculty.
ARL Strategic Plan 2010–2012, Strategic Directions: Transforming Research Libraries
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FEBRUARY 2010 RESEARCH LIBRARY ISSUES: A BIMONTHLY REPORT FROM ARL, CNI, AND SPARC