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Annual Report 2019


The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is an institutional membership organization of libraries and archives in major public and private universities, federal government agencies, and large public institutions in Canada and the United States. We advocate on research libraries’ behalf, advance the research and learning mission with our research and higher education partners, share intelligence on current issues, and develop the next generation of diverse library leaders. 

The Association connects thought leaders about the future of research and learning, provides access to policy resources and insights, and a community that is uniquely aware of the dynamic and shifting role that libraries play in the research enterprise. Our focus is on supporting every member of the community as they develop as leaders and shape the future of the research ecosystem.

The Annual Report highlights the progress on our 2019–2021 Action Plan.

Download the Annual Report 2019.


  • Action Plan Highlights

    In 2019 the Association set priorities to advance the strategic role of research libraries as collaborative partners and an integral part of the research and learning ecosystem. Our highly engaged...

  • 2019 by the Numbers

    Member Engagement 124 member institutions 10 new member representatives 78% of member representatives actively engaged in the work of the Association Expertise Thought leadership (20 publications and 21 presentations) 10...

  • Advocacy and Public Policy

    Advocating for Public Policies in Support of Our Mission and Shared Objective The Association is the collective voice for research libraries and archives on public policy in the US and...

  • Scholars and Scholarship

    Catalyzing Collective Efforts to Achieve Enduring and Barrier-free Access to Information Our priority is to align library strategy, staffing, and spending to advance the principles and practices of open scholarship....

  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

    Creating Diverse, Equitable, Inclusive, and Accessible Services, Collections, and Work Environments Research libraries work to advance access to economic and social prosperity, encourage full participation in society, and counter the...

  • Data and Analytics

    Providing Data and Analytics on Research Library Practices, Effectiveness, and Impact The Research and Analytics program pursues a research agenda for the Association. We collect and analyze data on all...

  • ARL Academy

    Shaping and Informing Leadership The ARL Academy is a crucial resource for advancing professional development for library leaders as partners in the research enterprise. The unified suite of programs empowers...

  • Innovation Lab

    Facilitating a Culture of Innovation within Research Libraries In all it does, the Association seeks to foster a culture of innovation and to support its members in doing so. In...

  • 2019 Media Coverage of ARL

    ARL had 295 online media mentions in 2019. Most of ARL’s media mentions were in reference to our member organizations, Board members, and article quotes from ARL staff. Notable media...

  • 2019 Public Statements, Publications, and Presentations by ARL

    Statements ARL Affirms Commitment to Advancing Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, February 1 ARL Feedback on Plan S Open Access Implementation Guidelines, February 8 ARL Comments on RA21 Proposal for Access to...


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