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ARL’s Key Accomplishments


Below are highlights of the Association’s achievements in 2018, many of which were undertaken in partnership with member libraries or other organizations.


  • Advocacy and Public Policy

    ARL is the collective voice for research libraries and archives on public policy in the US and internationally. The Association leads on policy and legal issues that advance sustainable, equitable,...

  • 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...

  • Data & Analytics

    ARL provides data and analytics on research library practices, effectiveness, and impact. The Research and Analytics program aligns ARL’s assessment work with the goals and needs of the Association’s members....

  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

    The Association helps its members develop and sustain diverse, equitable, inclusive, and accessible services, collections, and work environments. ARL’s work advances access to economic and social prosperity, encourages full participation...

  • Innovation

    ARL facilitates a culture of innovation within research libraries. The Association helps member representatives build capacity to lead innovative organizations by learning innovative practices and by engaging in an environment...

  • Member Experience

    The Association aims to engender a member experience in which all members feel welcome and can participate in and benefit from the Association. Members participate in governance activities in a...

  • Scholars & Scholarship

    ARL catalyzes collective efforts to achieve enduring and barrier-free information. The Association works with: the academic and research community to maximize the reach and impact of scholarship; the international library...


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