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Learning at ARL


ARL member libraries and archives employ more than 35,000 people. Their work aids faculty, students, researchers, and members of the general public in their pursuit of knowledge. As the mission of research libraries changes in support of the research enterprise, ARL library staff will address user needs in new ways.

The ARL Learning Network is a crucial resource for advancing professional development. This unified suite of programs empowers ARL libraries and archives staff with the tools necessary to meet the current and future needs of users. Offerings focus on leadership and skills development; diversity, equity, and inclusion; and the challenges of organizational change.

The ARL Learning Network seeks to foster:

  • An agile mind-set
  • Dedication to lifelong learning
  • Mastery of cultural, diversity, equity, and inclusion competencies
  • A collaborative spirit and commitment to partnership in the global research enterprise

Contact Deborah R. Grayson (dgrayson@arl.org) to find out how you can get involved.


ARL Leadership Fellows Program

The ARL Leadership Fellows program, the flagship offering of the ARL Academy, develops and prepares the next generation of senior library and archival leaders. Since 2004, the ARL Leadership Fellows...

Leadership and Career Development Program

The ARL Leadership and Career Development Program (LCDP) is a yearlong fellowship that aims to prepare mid-career librarians from historically underrepresented racial and ethnic groups to take on leadership roles...

Kaleidoscope Program

The goal of the ARL Kaleidoscope Program is to attract master of library and information science (MLIS) students from historically underrepresented racial and ethnic groups to careers in research libraries...

ARL Digital Scholarship Institute

The ARL Digital Scholarship Institute (DSI) hosted a summer workshop series on July 9, 16, 23, and 30, 2021 for previous attendees at one of its five-day institutes held from...

  • Julia C. Blixrud Memorial Lecture and Scholarship Awardees

    2021 Lecture Awardee Aiko Bethea, 2021 Julia C. Blixrud Memorial Lecturer Aiko Bethea will deliver the seventh annual Blixrud Memorial Lecture at the 2021 ARL Fall Forum. An award-winning and...

  • Past ARL Leadership Fellows

    Below are rosters of past cohorts of ARL Leadership Fellows. Professional titles and institutional affiliations listed below were current at the time of fellowship and may no longer be accurate....

  • Julia C. Blixrud Scholarship Application Process

    The Julia C. Blixrud Scholarship supports the attendance of one master of library and information science (MLIS) student or recent graduate at the annual ARL Fall Forum. The award recipient...

  • About the Fund, Lecture & Scholarship

    About the Fund, Lecture & Scholarship

    To honor the memory and extend the legacy of longtime ARL staff member Julia Blixrud, the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has created the Julia C. Blixrud Memorial Fund, which supports...

  • On the Edge, March 2, 2018

    Chris Bourg, director of libraries at MIT, shares her perspectives on the challenges and opportunities for libraries regarding artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning. She touches on why it is...

  • On the Edge, July 10, 2018

    James Hilton, University Librarian and Dean of Libraries at the University of Michigan, discusses different types of analytics and how they are used in the higher education setting, issues regarding...

  • On the Edge, April 24, 2019

    Matrix management has been used in research libraries since the early 1990's and the literature addresses the pros and cons of using this type of structure. There are a number...

  • On the Edge, November 6, 2019

    Jeff Witt, organizational development lead at the University of Michigan Library, leads a discussion on the principles of safe and brave space and the ways in which these concepts are...

  • On the Edge, January 7, 2020

    Torsten Reimer, head of research services at the British Library, leads a discussion regarding the purpose of research libraries—the scholarly knowledge environment—in 2030, how this environment has evolved, and how...

  • On the Edge, February 11, 2020

    Clifford Lynch, executive director of the Coalition of Networked Information, leads a discussion on the findings from a series of conversations CNI convened with IT and library leaders in late...


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