The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is pleased to announce the appointment of Kevin Borden as senior director of research and analytics, effective January 13, 2020. Borden is currently a senior research scientist at CNA, a nonprofit research and analysis organization focused on safety and security.
At ARL, Borden will lead the design, development, delivery, and evaluation of all research and analytics functions. He will inform and work with members and research and learning community partners in order to achieve a shared understanding of the opportunities for and contributions made by research libraries. Specifically, he will lead the collection, analysis, and reporting of member institutional data, as well as the collection, analysis, and reporting on the collective impact of ARL members and more broadly, research libraries, on higher education and society.
Borden brings significant expertise and experience in developing methodologies, conducting analysis, and presenting results. As a senior research scientist at CNA, Borden developed analytic solutions to support programmatic decision-making at local, state, and federal levels. Prior to this position, he was a research manager at the Congressional Research Service, where he supervised and reviewed research for Congress across a variety of policy areas. Before that, Borden gained experience applying his technical and analytics expertise in government consulting where he led a data analysis and visualization practice at The Cadmus Group (formerly Obsidian Analysis). He holds a PhD and MS in geography from the University of South Carolina, and a BA in geography from SUNY Geneseo.
“As research libraries evolve quickly with the dramatic digital adoption in research and learning, constant flux in higher education, and policy developments, Kevin brings the analytics and evaluation leadership needed to better understand and communicate the research library’s impact,” said Mary Lee Kennedy, ARL executive director.
Kevin Borden said, “I am very excited to join the ARL team and look forward to leading the research and analytics effort in service to the overall mission to advance research, learning, and scholarship.”
Beginning on January 13, Borden can be reached at KBorden@arl.org.
About the Association of Research Libraries
The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 124 research libraries in Canada and the US whose mission is to advance research, learning, and scholarly communication. The Association fosters the open exchange of ideas and expertise, promotes equity and diversity, and pursues advocacy and public policy efforts that reflect the values of the library, scholarly, and higher education communities. ARL forges partnerships and catalyzes the collective efforts of research libraries to enable knowledge creation and to achieve enduring and barrier-free access to information. ARL is on the web at ARL.org.