May 21, 2022

The Big Pivot: Disruption, Discovery, Transformation: A Report From the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Spring 2021 Meeting

From a Meeting Summary by Kaylyn Groves:

Association of Research Libraries (ARL) member representatives, guests, and staff convened for the 178th Association Meeting via videoconference on April 20–29, 2021. Meeting participants discussed “The Big Pivot: Disruption, Discovery, Transformation” in four sessions, each targeting a timely, critical issue: the dissemination of misinformation and disinformation; the social justice mission of our institutions; the transformation of teaching; and the rise of anti-intellectualism. The meeting also provided the opportunity for participants to break into small groups to discuss these topics and others.

Prior to the program sessions, the Executive Committee of the ARL Board of Directors met on Tuesday, April 20. Association Committees also met on Tuesday and Thursday, April 20 and April 22. The Board of Directors met on Monday, April 26. On Tuesday, April 27, the Program Strategy Committee met and the Business Meeting was held, where the Board hosted a Town Hall. On Wednesday, April 28, the sixth annual ARL Film Festival—the Arlies—highlighted and shared videos developed by member institutions to increase knowledge and use of libraries, their spaces, services, collections, and expertise. View the winning videos on the ARL website.

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