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Statement from ARL on the 2021 US Presidential Inauguration

At this very challenging time in the history of the United States, the Association of Research Libraries is grateful that the long-standing tradition of peaceful transitions of power in the US has continued since it began in 1789. Research libraries and archives play vital roles in the democratic process through our mission of advancing research, learning, and scholarly communication. We stand for democracy that strongly depends on an informed public, with access to evidence-based information and research. We will work with the incoming administration, Congress, and our national agency partners to advance barrier-free and equitable access to information, along with elevating intellectual freedom, privacy, and social justice. Through our work, we will continue to promote and live by the values of anti-racism, equity, diversity, and inclusion.

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.