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].
January 26, 2012
ARL releases Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for academic and research libraries. The Association of Research Libraries announces the release of the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries, a clear and easy-to-use statement of fair and reasonable approaches to fair use developed by and for librarians who support academic inquiry and higher education. The Code was developed in partnership with the Center for Social Media and the Washington College of Law at American University. [Full Announcement].
December 23, 2011
Electronic resource usage soars from off-campus locations according to the latest MINES for Libraries Study. The Association of Research Libraries announced the availability of the final report of a ground-breaking study on the usage of electronic resources: MINES for Libraries: Measuring the Impact of Networked Electronic Services and the Ontario Council of University Libraries' Scholar Portal, Final Report 2011. [Full Announcement].
November 29, 2011
ARL and LYRASIS sign agreement for licensing initiative. The Association of Research Libraries and LYRASIS have signed an agreement designating LYRASIS as an agent to negotiate licenses for online content on behalf of interested ARL member libraries. This is the culmination of an effort that began in 2010 to identify a strategy for ARL to influence the marketplace regarding licensing rights, technical specifications, and business terms to meet the needs of research libraries. The license offerings identified for this initiative will not be exclusive to ARL members, but may include libraries with which they have established licensing relationships. [Full Announcement].
August 22, 2011
ARL Executive Director Charles B. Lowry to Retire December 2012. Charles B. Lowry has announced that he will retire from his position as Executive Director of the Association of Research Libraries at the end of December 2012. By announcing his retirement plans now, Lowry provides the ARL Board of Directors with time for a search and a seamless transition of leadership. [Full Announcement].
December 21, 2010
FCC’s Net Neutrality Order Protects Libraries as Consumers, Lacks Strong Protections for Library Services to the Public. The American Library Association, the Association of Research Libraries, and EDUCAUSE say the Federal Communications Commission's passage of its network neutrality order is a first step toward restoring an open Internet but does not go far enough to ensure community anchor institutions’ content and services can be equally accessed by the public. [Full Announcement].
December 1, 2010
ARL releases new guide and launches online forum for libraries supporting the NSF data sharing policy. The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has released a new resource for libraries supporting the recently revised NSF Data Sharing Policy. The Guide for Research Libraries: The NSF Data Sharing Policy, by Patricia Hswe and Ann Holt, is a set of Web-based resources that introduces and explains the policy. Hswe and Holt also offer advice for library professionals who work with researchers seeking funding and provide links to a range of resources that have been created by ARL member libraries and others. [Full Announcement].