Research Libraries: ARL, CARL, and Ithaka S+R Launch Joint Project to Advance the Research and Learning Mission
The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) launched a joint project in June 2021 to explore how libraries advance the higher education sector’s strategic priorities. This is an important time to reflect on the role of research libraries as the research community in Canada and the US confronts such unprecedented global challenges as the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, and widening economic inequality, and our commitment to addressing structural inequities and systemic racism.
ARL and CARL together commissioned Ithaka S+R to conduct the research and analysis for this project. Throughout 2021, Ithaka S+R is interviewing key stakeholders—provosts, presidents, vice presidents of research, leaders in the scholarly community, chief information officers, chief financial officers, and federal agency leaders—to identify their priorities and recommend opportunities for research library alignment. Ithaka S+R’s work will include a set of indicators that signal changes related to stakeholder strategic intentions.
Building on these efforts, in 2022, ARL and CARL will develop a shared narrative with key stakeholders and our members, including data and case studies that convey the value research libraries do and can provide in advancing the research and learning mission.
We look forward to sharing our results on our websites.
About Gary Price
Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy supporting corporate product and business model teams with just-in-time fact and insight finding.