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ARL Academy

The ARL Academy shapes and informs leadership practice throughout the research library by advancing professional development. The unified suite of programs empowers ARL library and archive staff with the tools necessary to meet the current and future needs of users. Offerings focus particularly on the challenges of organizational change.

Key Accomplishments in 2018

Events Engage 800 Participants in Various Aspects of Research Library Management

This year the ARL Academy offered a virtual Critical Conversation session led by Carol Mandel (NYU) for member representatives to engage one another on user experience. The Academy offered two virtual On the Edge discussions—one on artificial intelligence led by Chris Bourg (MIT) and another on learning analytics led by James Hilton (Michigan)—for employees of member institutions. Fifteen member institutions—Alberta; UCLA with Southern California; Delaware; Indiana Bloomington; Iowa State with Iowa; McGill; Penn State; Rice; Rochester with Buffalo, Cornell, and Syracuse; and Yale—hosted ten Library Management Skills Institutes. UC San Diego and Indiana Bloomington each hosted a Digital Scholarship Institute. Four members—Florida, Johns Hopkins, Penn, and Temple—and the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL) and the Triangle Research Libraries Network (TRLN) hosted Institutes on Reimagining the Library Liaison.

Leadership Programs Develop Two Cohorts of Research Library Leaders

The 2018–2019 ARL Leadership Fellows cohort participated in the Spring and Fall Association Meetings as well as two Leadership Fellows Institutes, hosted by The University of Iowa and The George Washington University. The 2018–2019 cohort of the Leadership & Career Development Program—for librarians from historically underrepresented racial and ethnic groups—participated in an orientation in Washington, DC, and their first institute at The Ohio State University.

Publications Explore Outreach, Engagement, Liaison Roles, Liaison Reorganizations

SPEC Kit 361, Outreach and Engagement, captures a snapshot of how ARL member institutions are defining their outreach and engagement programs, how they are assigning and structuring responsibilities, and how they are measuring the success and impact of their efforts. In Research Library Issues no. 294, teams from five US and Canadian universities describe their reorganizations and redefinitions of what it means to be a research library liaison with faculty and students.