In its July 2021 meeting, the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Board of Directors elected Robert E. Fox Jr. to the position of interim treasurer for the Association, effective August 1.
Fox, dean of the University of Louisville Libraries, has served on the ARL Board and its Finance Committee since 2018, as well as on the Board’s Audit Committee since its formation in 2019. He will serve as interim treasurer and chair of the Finance Committee until the ARL membership is invited to ratify the election of officers during the Fall 2021 Association Meeting.
In addition to his Board service, Fox has served on several ARL committees and working groups since he became a member representative in 2011, including the Statistics and Assessment Committee/Research and Analytics Committee (2012, chair 2013–2016); the Libraries That Learn Design Team (2015–2016); and the ARL Academy Advisory Committee (2018–2019). Fox was an ARL Leadership Fellow in 2009–2010.
As interim ARL treasurer, Fox is filling the vacancy created by the July 31 retirement of the Association’s first treasurer, Diane Parr Walker, who served as university librarian at the University of Notre Dame since 2011 and ARL treasurer since 2018. The Association is thankful for her leadership as treasurer and as a member of the Executive Committee, and for her many contributions to our profession.
About the Association of Research Libraries
The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 125 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; advances diversity, equity, and inclusion; 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.