May 19, 2022

Research Libraries: ARL, CARL, and Ithaka S+R Launch Joint Project to Advance the Research and Learning Mission

From a Joint Announcement (via the Association of Research Libraries):

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 ( 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, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.