January 22, 2022

Research Libraries: “Partnering in the Research and Learning Ecosystem: An Interview with Mary Lee Kennedy (Executive Director of ARL)”

From EDUCAUSE Review:

The new executive director of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) discusses the association’s future vision and its plans for collaboration with partners to ensure meaningful contributions to higher education, research, and learning.

Here’s One Exchange from the Interview:

EDUCAUSE: What does the library community struggle with most when it comes to technology integration? How can EDUCAUSE help?

Mary Lee Kennedy: Great question. Scholars and students want an easy way to get the research and learning support they need. They want to be sure of their abilities, and they want to be confident that the information and tools they use are relevant and trustworthy. They want to be able to focus on the research and the learning, not the process. Decision-makers (e.g., funders, senior administrators, national bodies) want to know that the investments they make in research and learning support systems have a significant positive impact. They want to be confident that their organizational teams work efficiently and effectively. Together, ARL and EDUCAUSE can find even more successful ways for research libraries and IT organizations to improve the research and learning process and experience for all of their stakeholders locally, nationally, and internationally.

Read the Complete Interview

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.