The ARL Visiting Program Officer (VPO) program provides an opportunity for a staff member in an ARL member library to assume responsibility for conducting part or all of a project for ARL. The program provides a highly visible professional development opportunity for an outstanding staff member and serves the ARL membership as a whole by extending the capacity of ARL to undertake additional activities.
The ARL Strategic Plan (PDF) reflects the scope of ARL's current agenda and suggests the range of issues where a visiting program officer project could make a contribution. A scope of work description is created once a project is identified. The member library supports the salary of the staff person and ARL supports or seeks grant funding for travel or other project-related expenses. Depending on the nature of the project and the circumstances of the individual, a VPO may spend extended periods of time in Washington, DC, or may conduct most of the project from her/his home library.
Lisa Carter, Ohio State University, is working with the ARL Special Collections Working Group to promote collaborative integration and enduring access to comprehensive research collections and resources in all formats.
Steve Hiller, University of Washington, and Jim Self, University of Virginia, are leading a service to help libraries develop sustainable assessment efforts that demonstrate their contributions to teaching, learning and research.
Rebecca Kennison, Columbia University, is helping ARL, the Association of American Universities (AAU), and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) develop the SHared Access Research Ecosystem (SHARE). She is coordinating the SHARE working groups and engaging a broad community of stakeholders in developing the SHARE roadmap.