Washington DC--At its 2010 Fall Membership Meeting held October 13-14, 2010, in Washington, DC, the membership of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) voted to invite the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) to join as its 126th member. David S. Ferriero, Archivist of the United States, accepted the invitation.
"The National Archives is delighted to become a member of ARL," said Ferriero. "This is a very exciting time for libraries and archives. Information policy is a burgeoning field with a myriad of opportunities. Becoming a member of ARL will offer the National Archives, which is the largest archives in the United States, an opportunity to share our expertise and experience in archives and records management with our new colleagues. We also look forward to learning new ideas and fresh approaches to the challenges that we all face."
The vote of membership followed a process that considered both qualitative and quantitative documentation and involved a site visit by members of the ARL Membership Committee. The review also examined the unique breadth and depth of NARA's collections, services to the public and research community, and potential contributions to research and scholarship. The review committee noted in particular NARA's leadership in records and archival management activities, an area of increasingly strategic importance for research libraries.
"The Association of Research Libraries enthusiastically welcomes the National Archives and Records Administration as our newest member and looks forward to working with them on the many significant common interests currently facing our research library community," said Carol Mandel, ARL president. Charles B. Lowry, executive director of ARL, added, "ARL is delighted NARA accepted our invitation to become a member of our association. The unique position it brings to membership in terms of its mission is of benefit to the Association and to the researchers throughout North America."
The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) serves American democracy by safeguarding and preserving the records of our Government, ensuring that the people can discover, use, and learn from this documentary heritage. NARA ensures continuing access to the essential documentation of the rights of American citizens and the actions of their government. It supports democracy, promotes civic education, and facilitates historical understanding of our national experience. NARA is on the web at: http://www.archives.gov/.
The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 126 research libraries in North America. Its mission is to influence 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 is on the web at http://www.arl.org/.