collaboration. The new plan also builds on long-standing guiding principles articulated in 2005 and reaffirmed in the recent review process by the Strategic Plan Review Task Force (see accompanying statement of Guiding Principles). Challenges ARL Will Address in the Next Three Years What problems will ARL be addressing during the three-year life of the new strategic plan? The plan identifies challenges that research libraries face in common and, in particular, those where ARL can play a role in finding a solution that can be achieved principally through collective action and with modest resources. These are all challenges that are mutable and, if not soluble in the next three years, should at least be positively influenced through our concerted actions. In looking across the trends that are underway within and among the three Strategic Directions, the following large and long-term problems emerge. • Out-of-Balance Intellectual Property Policies Complex policy and legal environments for intellectual property in Canada and the United States are dominated by an emphasis on commercial goals. RLI 268 3 Themes within the ARL Strategic Plan 2010–2012 ( C O N T I N U E D ) FEBRUARY 2010 RESEARCH LIBRARY ISSUES: A BIMONTHLY REPORT FROM ARL, CNI, AND SPARC Guiding Principles The following principles guided the ARL Strategic Planning Review Task Force in its work. The “we” in these statements refers to the Association. Distinctive Mission • We complement and build on the strengths of other organizations. • We rethink historic assumptions. • Our policy positions guide our strategies. Community • We are a member-driven organization. • We are accountable to our members. • We provide opportunity for full engagement by all member representatives. • We respect the diversity of our membership. Intellectual Freedom and Scholarly Communication • We promote and advocate barrier-free access to research and educational information resources. Collaboration • We build relationships with other higher education societies and associations that share our common goals. • We work closely with other library-related associations, councils, federations, etc. Diversity • We encourage and support our members as they strive to reflect society’s diversity in their staffing, collections, leadership, and programs. • We strive to employ a diverse staff.