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Planning & Visioning

The rapid rate of change in research library environments and services creates opportunities and challenges for leadership and for planning. Forming a new vision for library roles grounded in emerging understandings of the trends and transformations shaping research institutions is an urgent task.

Below are links to information and resources on key topics in planning and visioning.


Balanced Scorecard

The ARL Balanced Scorecard effort is a workshop approach to strategy management for research libraries that want to put their strategic plans into action. Through workshops and conference calls scheduled regularly over 12 months, you will learn a proven framework for strategy management and performance measurement that will help you track your library’s performance and demonstrate results.

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New Roles for New Times

ARL libraries are increasingly exploring and adopting a range of new roles in serving research institutions, researchers, scholars, and students. New Roles for New Times is a publication series that identifies and delineates emerging roles, highlighting early experiences among member libraries in developing the roles and delivering services.

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Scenario Planning

ARL's 2030 Scenarios engaged the Association's member community in envisioning library futures by looking decades out at the situations that will confront research libraries. The project created a set of future scenarios and a toolkit to facilitate research library leaders' use of the scenarios in their library planning and decision making activities.

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