January 10, 2023
ARL and Ithaka S+R Explore Copyright and Streaming Audiovisual Content in US Academic Libraries. The Association of Research Libraries and Ithaka S+R released Copyright and Streaming Audiovisual Content in the US Context, by Danielle Cooper and Katherine Klosek. The paper summarizes the experiences of 12 academic libraries in accessing streaming media for teaching, learning, and research purposes, including discussion of the barriers to access and use imposed by certain license terms. The 12 libraries are participants in a larger research project in which Ithaka S+R is exploring how to make streaming media sustainable for academic libraries. [Full Announcement].
November 11, 2022
University of North Texas to Become 128th Member of ARL. At its Fall 2022 Association Meeting the membership of the Association of Research Libraries voted to invite the University of North Texas University Libraries to join ARL as the 128th member, effective January 1, 2023. Diane Bruxvoort, UNT dean of libraries, accepted the invitation. [Full Announcement].
September 12, 2022
University of Michigan Professor Paul Courant receives Paul Evan Peters Award. The Coalition for Networked Information, the Association of Research Libraries, and EDUCAUSE announced that economist Paul Courant, who has served in multiple roles at the University of Michigan, including provost and dean of libraries, has been named the 2022 recipient of the Paul Evan Peters Award. The award recognizes notable, lasting achievements in the creation and innovative use of network-based information resources and services that advance scholarship and intellectual productivity. [Full Announcement].
August 15, 2022
ARL Applauds NSF Open Science Investment. The Association of Research Libraries commends the ongoing commitment of the US National Science Foundation (NSF) to open science. NSF announced awards for 10 new projects focused on building and enhancing coordination among researchers and other stakeholders to advance FAIR (findable, accessible, interoperable, reusable) data principles and open-science practices. [Full Announcement].
July 7, 2022
ARL joins Fair-Use Amicus Brief in Warhol Foundation v. Goldsmith. In the case of Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. v. Lynn Goldsmith and Lynn Goldsmith, Ltd., the Association of Research Libraries has joined associations representing libraries, archives, and other cultural heritage organizations in an amicus brief in support of neither party. The case concerns a photograph of the musician Prince that Lynn Goldsmith licensed to Vanity Fair for Andy Warhol's use as a reference work to create an original print. Years later, Goldsmith sued the Andy Warhol Foundation for copyright infringement after learning that Warhol created and distributed 15 additional prints based on Goldsmith's photograph; the additional prints are the subject of the lawsuit. The district court found in favor of the Warhol Foundation on fair-use grounds; the Second Circuit Court of Appeals reversed that decision, holding that the Warhol prints were not transformative. [Full Announcement].
May 9, 2022
Atlanta University Center to Become 127th Member of ARL. The membership of the Association of Research Libraries voted to invite the Robert W. Woodruff Library of the Atlanta University Cente to join ARL as the 127th member, effective July 1, 2022. Loretta Parham, AUC CEO and library director, accepted the invitation. [Full Announcement].
October 15, 2021
University of California, Santa Cruz to Become 126th Member of ARL. At its Fall 2021 Association Meeting held virtually September 28–October 6, the membership of the Association of Research Libraries voted to invite University of California, Santa Cruz Library to join ARL as the 126th member, effective January 1, 2022. Elizabeth Cowell, the Richard L. Press University Librarian and Presidential Chair, University Library, UC Santa Cruz, accepted the invitation. [Full Announcement].
August 23, 2021
ARL Board affirms transparency as Core Operating Principle of Licensing. At its summer meeting, the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Board of Directors approved the following statement, reiterating a long-standing licensing best practice of declining to sign nondisclosure agreements with publishers. [Full Announcement].
January 29, 2021
Library and higher education groups release Communication Toolkit for implementing effective data practices. The Association of Research Libraries, California Digital Library, Association of American Universities, and Association of Public and Land-grant Universities released a communication toolkit for facilitating institutional communication and discussions around the broad adoption of persistent identifiers and machine-readable data management plans. [Full Announcement].
May 28, 2020
Association of Research Libraries Names Judy Ruttenberg Senior Director of Scholarship and Policy. The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is pleased to announce that Judy Ruttenberg is taking on a new role as the senior director of scholarship and policy. Ruttenberg joined ARL in 2011 as program director for transforming research libraries, later serving as the director of Scholars & Scholarship and then as the senior director of program strategy. [Full Announcement].
May 11, 2020
ARL joins business, government, education leaders in call for emergency funding for libraries impacted by COVID-19. A coalition of business, government, and education leaders are calling on the US Congress to provide emergency aid to libraries impacted by COVID-19 in a letter released today by the American Library Association. [Full Announcement].
August 17, 2019
ARL, CNI, EDUCAUSE form strategic partnership to advance research libraries' impact in a world shaped by new technologies. The Association of Research Libraries, the Coalition for Networked Information, and EDUCAUSE are working together to better understand how research libraries, as collaborative partners in the research and learning enterprise, can best advance research and learning during these times of significant changes in the production, dissemination, and reuse of digital content. [Full Announcement].
July 16, 2019
ARL Awarded IMLS Grant to Support Research Library Impact Framework Initiative. The Institute of Museum and Library Services has awarded the Association of Research Libraries a $248,670 National Leadership Grant in support of the Research Library Impact Framework initiative. The framework is an agenda for the exploration of library services, operations, impact, and alignment with institutional mission and goals across four areas: Research & Scholarly Life Cycle; Teaching, Learning & Student Success; Collections; and Physical Space. The framework provides the scaffolding for deeper exploration across multiple library service areas and serves as the foundation for the Association’s research agenda. [Full Announcement].
January 9, 2018
Mary Lee Kennedy named ARL Executive Director. The Association of Research Libraries Board of Directors has appointed Mary Lee Kennedy executive director of the Association, effective April 1, 2018. Kennedy is currently principal of the Kennedy Group, where she partners with organizations to empower local and global communities to create and use knowledge that enhances lives. [Full Announcement].
October 31, 2017
ARL Awarded Sloan Grant to help preserve software, save cultural record, advance discovery. The Association of Research Libraries has been awarded a $315,000 grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to develop and disseminate a Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Software Preservation. This code will give individuals and institutions clear guidance on the legality of archiving software, in order to ensure continued access to digital files of all kinds and to offer hands-on understanding of the history of technology. The code will help cultural heritage institutions, collectors, and others save the digital record as well as advance research, discovery, and learning through the use of archived software. [Full Announcement].
October 13, 2017
Virginia Commonwealth University becomes 125th member of ARL. The membership of the Association of Research Libraries voted to invite Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries to join as the 125th member, effective January 1, 2018. [Full Announcement].
October 12, 2017
Simon Fraser University Becomes 124th Member of ARL. The membership of the Association of Research Libraries has voted to invite Simon Fraser University Library to join as the 124th member, effective January 1, 2018. Gwen Bird, university librarian and dean of libraries, accepted the invitation. [Full Announcement].
April 28, 2015
ARL joins new Re:Create Coalition to promote balanced copyright. ARL joined US technology companies, trade associations, and civil society organizations in the launch of Re:Create, a coalition that promotes balanced copyright policy. A balanced copyright system depends on limitations and exceptions, such as fair use. As technology advances, it is imperative that the copyright law is responsive to these changes, balancing the interests of creators of copyrighted information and products with the interests of users of those products. [Full Announcement].
September 17, 2012
Elliott Shore named ARL Executive Director. —The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Board of Directors has appointed Elliott Shore as Executive Director of the Association, effective January 1, 2013. Dr. Shore is currently Chief Information Officer, Constance A. Jones Director of Libraries, and Professor of History at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania. [Full Announcement].
May 12, 2012
ARL endorses VRA statement on Fair Use of Images for Teaching, Research, and Study. The Board of Directors of the Association of Research Libraries voted to endorse the Visual Resources Association’s Statement on the Fair Use of Images for Teaching, Research, and Study. The VRA Statement is a clear and concise statement of best practices around a medium that can seem especially intimidating for educational users. [Full Announcement].