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 scope of ARL’s agenda suggests a range of issues where a visiting program officer 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.
Individuals who wish to propose a project they could advance for ARL, or those who wish to nominate a librarian to serve as a VPO, may contact
, deputy executive director. Each appointment has its own time frame and will be dependent on securing support from the potential VPO’s home library and identifying the financial resources needed to undertake the assignment.
Steve Hiller, University of Washington, is leading consultations and training to help libraries develop sustainable assessment efforts that demonstrate their contributions to teaching, learning, and research. He is also the co-chair of the Library Assessment Conference, a biennial event organized jointly by the University of Washington and ARL.
Katya Pereyaslavska, Ontario Council of University Libraries and University of Toronto Libraries, is working with the ARL Accessibility and Universal Design Working Group to develop an outreach program, directed at the international scholarly publishing community, to raise awareness of the obligations and responsibilities of publishers with respect to providing accessible content to libraries serving students and researchers with print disabilities.
Carlette Washington-Hoagland, University of Iowa Libraries, is taking the lead in managing the assessment of the ARL Leadership and Career Development Program (LCDP), is organizing a review of ARL mentor programs to inform component enhancements, is contributing to the planning of the annual ARL Leadership Symposium, and is supporting other research projects and programs as needed.