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Scholars & Scholarship


Our priority is to align library strategy, staffing, and spending to advance the principles and practices of open scholarship. Through collective action with partners in research and learning communities, we increase the amount of high-quality scholarship that is openly available, support our members to promote “open science by design” within their own institutions, and provide leadership on high-impact collective collections initiatives.

Research libraries partner in the creation of new research and scholarship while they also manage vast collections in print, special collections, media, and other formats. A new openness in scholarly and research environments is transforming how knowledge is created, shared, and sustained. We contribute to this transformation by deeply engaging with scholarly communities and acting collectively to reduce friction between users and the information they seek and create.

Contact Cynthia Hudson Vitale (cvitale@arl.org) or Judy Ruttenberg (judy@arl.org) to find out how you can get involved.


UCLA Library/OCLC Non-roman Script Project Bridges Access Gaps to Research Materials

With resources available in 414 languages and 12 million print and electronic volumes, UCLA Library attracts more than 15 million information seekers from around the world annually via its website....

SCOSS 2021 Update: Library Consortia Create Path for Funding Open Infrastructure

The Global Sustainability Coalition for Open Science Services (SCOSS) will soon announce its third round of funding targets for open scholarly infrastructure providers. Since 2017, the SCOSS Board has worked...

Implementing Effective Data Practices Toolkit

This communication toolkit draws upon the outcomes of a 2019 conference, “Implementing Effective Data Practices: A Conference on Collaborative Research Support,” convened by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), California...

Realities of Academic Data Sharing (RADS) Initiative

Public access to research data is critical to advancing science and solving real world problems. In recent years a number of funding agencies have required the management and broad sharing...

  • Accelerating Standards for 3D Data to Improve Long-Term Usability

    Accelerating Standards for 3D Data to Improve Long-Term Usability

    Have you ever virtually walked on Mars or ridden a buggy on the moon? Perhaps you’ve viewed 3D images of mastodons or dinosaurs online? If you’ve done any of these...

  • Archives and Special Collections

    Archives, special collections, and libraries share professional responsibility for the unique items in our collections—including records of the institution, the full research materials of its faculty, and rare books and...

  • ARL Positions on Open Access Principles and Practices

    A new openness in scholarly and research environments is transforming how knowledge is created, shared, and sustained. Open practices accelerate the dissemination of scholars’ work and improve its quality, impact,...

  • ARL/CARL Joint Task Force on Research Data Services

    The Association of Research Libraries (ARL)/Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) Joint Task Force on Research Data Services was formed in early 2020 with a two-fold purpose: (1) to demonstrate...

  • Data Curation Network Makes More Research Data Available to All

    Data Curation Network Makes More Research Data Available to All

    Research data has the most impact when other researchers and the public can find it and use it to build upon the original researcher’s findings. Researchers struggle with sharing their...

  • Digital Scholarship

    ARL member libraries and their institutions’ faculty and students create research in all forms, including digital and data-intensive scholarship, digital humanities, and digital publishing. We offer professional development opportunities for member libraries’...

  • HuMetricsHSS Develops Values-based Scholarly Measures

    HuMetricsHSS Develops Values-based Scholarly Measures

    What would it look like if measures for assessing scholarship embodied humane values like equity, openness, collegiality, quality, and community? Across disciplines, incentives and reward structures in academia are widely...

  • Librarians Create Conditions for Researchers to Tackle Grand Challenges with Data Science

    Librarians Create Conditions for Researchers to Tackle Grand Challenges with Data Science

    The COVID-19 pandemic, and the global scientific effort to develop treatments and vaccines, is the latest large-scale event to show the power and urgency of collaboration and data-sharing to solve...

  • Open Access

    ARL Positions on Open Access Principles and Practices A new openness in scholarly and research environments is transforming how knowledge is created, shared, and sustained. Open practices accelerate the dissemination...

  • P+L: Presses and Library Publishing

    P+L is a community of university presses and research libraries with whom they have a reporting relationship. Meeting since 2016, this group of press directors and university librarians focus on...


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