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ARL Conducts Search for Next Executive Director

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The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is seeking a highly strategic, innovative, and articulate leader, who will advocate for important public policy issues facing its membership in the 21st century and will be a thought leader on the ways in which universities and other research institutions create, integrate, preserve, and disseminate knowledge. The new executive director must be a persuasive champion of efforts to build sustainable models of scholarly communication and to sustain and enhance research library services in support of their institutional missions.

Since its founding in 1932, the ARL membership has grown to include 123 major research institutions. The Association’s members make up a large portion of the academic and research library marketplace, spending more than $1.4 billion every year on information resources and actively engaging in the development of new models of scholarly communications.

The executive director will be responsible for the administration of all ARL operations and programs and will be a transformative leader who can articulate the organization’s value proposition, build consensus and collaborations among key internal and external constituents, and work effectively with a Board to lead impactful change for the organization and the greater research community.

ARL has partnered with Korn Ferry’s Global Nonprofit and Association Practice for this search. If interested in learning more about this opportunity or applying for the role, please see the position description on the Korn Ferry website.


About the Association of Research Libraries

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 123 research libraries in the US and Canada. ARL’s mission is to influence the changing environment of scholarly communication and the public policies that affect research libraries and the diverse communities they serve. ARL pursues this mission by advancing the goals of its member research libraries, providing leadership in public and information policy to the scholarly and higher education communities, fostering the exchange of ideas and expertise, facilitating the emergence of new roles for research libraries, and shaping a future environment that leverages its interests with those of allied organizations. ARL is on the web at ARL.org.

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