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. RLI 268 1 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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