Association of Research Libraries

Association of Research Libraries ARL is a nonprofit membership organization of libraries and archives in major public and private universities, federal government agencies, and large public institutions in Canada and the US.

Code of Conduct: http://bit.ly/ARLconduct The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 124 research libraries in Canada and the US whose mission is to advance research, learning, and scholarly communication. The Association fosters the open exchange of ideas and expertise, promotes equity and diversity, and pursues advocacy and public policy efforts that reflect the values of the library, scholarly, and higher education communities. ARL forges partnerships and catalyzes the collective efforts of research libraries to enable knowledge creation and to achieve enduring and barrier-free access to information.

Mission: The Association of Research Libraries, the collective of research libraries in Canada and the US, advances research, learning, and scholarly communication. The Association fosters the open exchange of ideas and expertise, promotes equity and diversity, and pursues advocacy and public policy efforts that reflect the values of the library, scholarly, and higher education communities. ARL forges partnerships and catalyzes the collective efforts of research libraries to enable knowledge creation and to achieve enduring and barrier-free access to information.

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Read the ARL News (February 12): * Three Things You Might Not Know about Presidential Records and Transitions* ARL Seeks...
02/12/2021
News: Three Things You Might Not Know about Presidential Records & Transitions | ARL Seeks Visiting Program Officer for Digital Rights Initiative | Mark Asberg Named Vice Provost, University Librarian for Queen’s University | ARL Member News |...

Read the ARL News (February 12):

* Three Things You Might Not Know about Presidential Records and Transitions
* ARL Seeks Visiting Program Officer to Advance Initiative on Digital Rights
* Mark Asberg Named Vice Provost and University Librarian for
Queen's University Library Effective May 1
* ARL Member News
* Research Community News

Highlights from the Association of Research Libraries Three Things You Might Not Know about Presidential Records and Transitions The week after President Biden’s inauguration, Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero and National Archives General Counsel Gary M. Stern spoke with ARL member...

The week after President Biden's inauguration, Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero and US National Archives...
02/10/2021
Three Things You Might Not Know about Presidential Records and Transitions - Association of Research Libraries

The week after President Biden's inauguration, Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero and US National Archives General Counsel Gary M. Stern spoke with ARL members about presidential and administration transitions. Read three takeaways from the conversation.

The week after President Biden’s inauguration, Archivist of the United States (AOTUS) David S. Ferriero, who was hired by President Obama to transform the relationship between people and their government, and National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) General Counsel Gary M. Stern, previo...

ARL is recruiting a visiting program officer to develop a series of briefs on digital rights issues, including controlle...
02/09/2021
ARL Seeks Visiting Program Officer to Advance Initiative on Digital Rights - Association of Research Libraries

ARL is recruiting a visiting program officer to develop a series of briefs on digital rights issues, including controlled digital lending, digital first sale, and licensing.

Under the Visiting Program Officer program, the ARL member library supports the salary of the staff person and provides the time needed to participate as a VPO. ARL supports or seeks grant funding for travel or other project-related expenses.

Applications will be reviewed until Tuesday, March 2, 2021.

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) seeks a visiting program officer (VPO) with broad knowledge of digital rights issues—including controlled digital lending, digital first sale, and licensing—to work with the Association to develop a series of briefs on these and other related issues.

Read the ARL News (February 5):* Celebrating #BlackHistoryMonth at ARL Libraries* ARL Member News* Research Community Ne...
02/05/2021
News: Celebrating Black History Month at ARL Libraries | ARL Member News | Research Community News

Read the ARL News (February 5):

* Celebrating #BlackHistoryMonth at ARL Libraries
* ARL Member News
* Research Community News

Highlights from the Association of Research Libraries Celebrating Black History Month 2021 at ARL Member Libraries ARL members are observing Black History Month with events, exhibits, news stories, blog posts, and resources. View a roundup on the ARL Views blog » ARL MEMBER NEWS Launching an Anti-r...

Read the ARL News (January 29): * Library and Higher Education Groups Release Communication Toolkit for Implementing Eff...
01/29/2021
News: Communication Toolkit for Effective Data Practices | International Holocaust Remembrance Day | New Dean of Libraries for University of Oklahoma | ARL Member News | Research Community News

Read the ARL News (January 29):

* Library and Higher Education Groups Release Communication Toolkit for Implementing Effective Data Practices #RDM
* International #holocaustremembranceday
* Denise Stephens Named Dean of The University of Oklahoma Libraries Effective May 24
* ARL Member News
* Research Community News

Highlights from the Association of Research Libraries Library and Higher Education Groups Release Communication Toolkit for Implementing Effective Data Practices The Association of Research Libraries (ARL), California Digital Library (CDL), Association of American Universities (AAU), and Association...

Last spring, William Denton, scholarly analytics librarian at York University Libraries and sound artist, picked up his ...
01/29/2021
YFile: Librarian and sound artist captures the unnerving silences of COVID-19 | York University Libraries

Last spring, William Denton, scholarly analytics librarian at York University Libraries and sound artist, picked up his recorder to capture the soundscapes of COVID-19.

YFile: Librarian and sound artist captures the unnerving silences of COVID-19 January 18, 2021Libraries' NewsCOVID-19, Staff, YUL Newsmanton William Denton When COVID-19 swept across the globe last spring the world went silent in a way that we – meaning, all of humanity – hadn’t experienced si...

Thirteen years ago, Flickr announced The Commons, a space where libraries and museums can share photographs with the pub...
01/28/2021
Flickr Commons: A 13th Anniversary and the COVID-19 American Experiences | Picture This: Library of Congress Prints & Photos

Thirteen years ago, Flickr announced The Commons, a space where libraries and museums can share photographs with the public, and the public, in turn, can share its collective knowledge with these cultural heritage archives. In 2020, the guiding objective of The Commons—“to provide a way for the general public to contribute information and knowledge”—inspired a new kind of collaboration between Flickr and The Library of Congress called: “COVID-19: American Experiences.” This project, launched last September, invites people to contribute images that reflect how the pandemic has impacted people’s lives and communities.

The following is a guest post by Adam Silvia, Curator of Photography, Prints & Photographs Division. Thirteen years ago, on January 16th, 2008, Flickr announced The Commons, a space where libraries and museums can share photographs with the public, and the public, in turn, can share its collecti...

In May, just before the movement for Black lives cascaded over the planet, UC Berkeley Library acquired a digital databa...
01/28/2021
‘Discredit, disrupt, and destroy’: FBI records acquired by the Library reveal violent surveillance of Black leaders, civil rights organizations

In May, just before the movement for Black lives cascaded over the planet, UC Berkeley Library acquired a digital database of FBI records on the surveillance of African Americans throughout the 20th century, expanding the trove of federal records the library has assembled over the years. Today, the materials provide not only a window into the FBI’s past abuse, but also an unplanned guide for the Black activists demanding racial justice again, now 50 years later.

In May, just before the movement for Black lives cascaded over the planet, the Library acquired a digital database of FBI records on the surveillance of African Americans throughout the 20th century, expanding the trove of federal records the Library has assembled over the years. Today, the material...

The US National Archives has launched the Donald J. Trump Presidential Library website, which provides information on ar...
01/28/2021
National Archives Launches Trump Presidential Library Website

The US National Archives has launched the Donald J. Trump Presidential Library website, which provides information on archived White House websites and social media accounts, as well as information on access to the records of the Trump Administration.

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) today launched the Donald J. Trump Presidential Library website, which provides information on archived White House websites and social media accounts, as well as information on access to the records of the Trump Administration. Under the Presi...

Howard University librarian Lopez Matthews Jr. spoke with News4 Washington with some key takeaways from an historic Inau...
01/28/2021
Howard University Librarian Shares Thoughts on Historic Inauguration

Howard University librarian Lopez Matthews Jr. spoke with News4 Washington with some key takeaways from an historic Inauguration Day.

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Dr. Lopez Matthews Jr., Howard University’s librarian, spoke with News4’s Shawn Yancy with some key takeaways from an historic Inauguration Day.

Together with the Association of American Universities, Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, and Californi...
01/28/2021
Library and Higher Education Groups Release Communication Toolkit for Implementing Effective Data Practices - Association of Research Libraries

Together with the Association of American Universities, Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, and California Digital Library, we've released a communications toolkit to help facilitate discussions about the broad adoption of persistent identifiers (#PIDs) and machine-readable data management plans (#maDMPs). The toolkit draws upon the outcomes of a 2019 National Science Foundation (NSF)-sponsored conference, “Implementing Effective Data Practices: A Conference on Collaborative Research Support" that explored the ways that scholarly communications stakeholders can assist in implementing a more connected ecosystem for research data outputs.

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The Association of Research Libraries (ARL), California Digital Library (CDL), Association of American Universities (AAU), and Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) are pleased to release a communication toolkit...

While some students are still learning by attending school in a hybrid in-person and virtual format, the rest are learni...
01/22/2021
Virginia Tech collaboration helps equip teachers with tools and resources for virtual learning

While some students are still learning by attending school in a hybrid in-person and virtual format, the rest are learning only virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Virginia Tech Libraries was there to help.

Floyd County Schools, in collaboration with the University Libraries at Virginia Tech; the Science Museum of Western Virginia; and the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology, received an Advancing Computer Science Education in Virginia Schools grant to help Floyd County teachers integrate co...

Boston Public Library has announced the Repairing America Initiative, pledging to use its 2021 programming and services ...
01/22/2021
Boston Public Library Announces Repairing America Initiative

Boston Public Library has announced the Repairing America Initiative, pledging to use its 2021 programming and services to help bridge gaps that divide America. The theme and priorities of Repairing America will drive key BPL offerings in 2021, ranging from high-profile speaker series and community services to a yearlong reading challenge and several equity-related initiatives.

  BOSTON – January 11, 2020 – The Boston Public Library today announced the Repairing America initiative, pledging to use its 2021 programming…

Open access publishing has been on the rise in recent years, and UC Berkeley is helping lead the movement away from trad...
01/22/2021
UC Berkeley faculty lead global efforts to increase access to research

Open access publishing has been on the rise in recent years, and UC Berkeley is helping lead the movement away from traditional, subscription-based publishing models.

According to Jeffrey MacKie-Mason, university librarian at UC Berkeley Library, "... all the major publishers have acknowledged the importance of open access recently by making all COVID-19-related research immediately accessible for free.

"They did that because open access matters — it works. The more people you get reading science, the more rapidly science advances, and everybody wanted COVID research to advance as rapidly as it could,” MacKie-Mason said. “(Major publishers) recognize this really is good for society; it really is the best thing."

Open access publishing has been on the rise in recent years, and UC Berkeley is helping lead the movement away from traditional, subscription-based publishing models.

Drs. Gabrielle Dean and Joseph Plaster of the Sheridan Libraries & University Museums are key members of a team of Johns...
01/22/2021
Libraries & Museums Curators Dean and Plaster on Team that Wins $4.4 Million Mellon Grant – The Sheridan Libraries & University Museums Blog

Drs. Gabrielle Dean and Joseph Plaster of the Sheridan Libraries & University Museums are key members of a team of Johns Hopkins University recipients of a $4.4 million Just Futures grant from the Mellon Foundation. In tandem with Drs. Kali-Ahset Amen, Stuart Schrader, Nathan Connolly, and Lawrence Jackson, the team’s joint research and programming effort, “Inheritance Baltimore: Humanities and Arts Education for Black Liberation,” will be funded by Mellon over the next three years.

Posted on January 13, 2021 by Heather Stalfort Drs. Gabrielle Dean and Joseph Plaster of the Sheridan Libraries & University Museums are key members of a team of Johns Hopkins University recipients of a $4.4 million Just Futures grant from the Mellon Foundation. In tandem with Drs. Kali-Ahset Amen,....

In a historic and unprecedented maneuver for a group of independent universities, the university library deans and direc...
01/22/2021
MSU Libraries Join Other Big Ten Libraries to Create Collection Available to All Big Ten University Faculty, Staff, and Students | MSU Libraries

In a historic and unprecedented maneuver for a group of independent universities, the university library deans and directors of the Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA) have committed to managing the separate collections of Big Ten university libraries as a single collection. As part of this effort, Michigan State University dean of libraries Joseph A. Salem, Jr. was appointed to the BIG Collection Steering Committee.

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Blog: News @ MSU LibrariesIn a historic and unprecedented maneuver for a group of independent universities, the University Library Deans and Directors of the Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA) have committed to managing the separate collections of Big Ten university libraries as a single collection. ...

Read the ARL News (January 22):* Statement from ARL on the 2021 US Presidential #Inauguration  * #FairUseWeek / #FairDea...
01/22/2021
News: Statement on US Presidential Inauguration | Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week 2021 | Library Assessment Conference February 18 Session | ARL Libraries Celebrate MLK Jr. Day | ARL Member News | Research Community News

Read the ARL News (January 22):

* Statement from ARL on the 2021 US Presidential #Inauguration

* #FairUseWeek / #FairDealingWeek 2021 to Be Celebrated February 22–26

* Register for Library #Assessment Conference February 18 Session on Services

* ARL Libraries Celebrate #MLKDay 2021

* ARL Member News

* Research Community News

Highlights from the Association of Research Libraries image CC-BY-NC-ND 2.0 by Geoff Livingston Statement from ARL on the 2021 US Presidential Inauguration At this very challenging time in the history of the United States, the Association of Research Libraries is grateful that the long-standing trad...

Statement from ARL on the 2021 US Presidential InaugurationAt this very challenging time in the history of the United St...
01/22/2021

Statement from ARL on the 2021 US Presidential Inauguration

At this very challenging time in the history of the United States, the Association of Research Libraries is grateful that the long-standing tradition of peaceful transitions of power in the US has continued since it began in 1789. Research libraries and archives play vital roles in the democratic process through our mission of advancing research, learning, and scholarly communication. We stand for democracy that strongly depends on an informed public, with access to evidence-based information and research. We will work with the incoming administration, Congress, and our national agency partners to advance barrier-free and equitable access to information, along with elevating intellectual freedom, privacy, and social justice. Through our work, we will continue to promote and live by the values of anti-racism, equity, diversity, and inclusion.

image CC-BY-NC-ND 2.0 by Geoff Livingston

Statement from the ARL President: The US Inauguration and the Importance of Research Libraries in the Democratic Process...
01/19/2021
Statement from the ARL President: The US Inauguration and the Importance of Research Libraries in the Democratic Process - Association of Research Libraries

Statement from the ARL President: The US Inauguration and the Importance of Research Libraries in the Democratic Process

The inauguration of the president of the United States is a quadrennial reminder of the important tradition of peaceful transition of power in a democracy. As Association of Research Libraries (ARL) members and the world watch, we are reminded of the value of a stable democracy and an informed public. Led by ARL’s mission, vision, and guiding principles, the role of research libraries in this process is to remain leaders, collaborators, and facilitators in the research enterprise. This includes prioritizing the collective advancement of research and learning in our societies, advocating for barrier-free access to information, and prioritizing anti-racism, diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion in all that we do.

We have witnessed the importance of strong democratic institutions and how they play a vital role in maintaining an informed public. ARL is proud to count leading US federal libraries and archives among our membership: The Library of Congress, National Agricultural Library, US National Archives, National Library of Medicine (NLM), and Smithsonian Libraries and Archives. These and other ARL member institutions in or around the DC Beltway are especially engaged in the democratic process. Additionally, many ARL members are among the more than 1,000 federal depository libraries in the United States, and participate in the Canadian Depository Services Program, committed to preserving and making accessible government information to their communities. These deep connections and relationships further demonstrate the importance of research libraries in the democratic process.

Next week’s inauguration is an opportunity to reexamine the needs of society and magnify research libraries’ leadership in evidence-based, thoughtful, and responsive action. With this in mind, ARL looks forward to continuing our long-standing commitment as collaborative partners and to championing transformative action to advance the research enterprise and strengthen democracy.

John P. Culshaw
President, Association of Research Libraries

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The inauguration of the president of the United States is a quadrennial reminder of the important tradition of peaceful transition of power in a democracy. As Association of Research Libraries...

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