January 23, 2022

ARL: “Research Libraries Ensure Trustworthiness in Times of Need”

From a Post by Mary Lee Kennedy, Executive Director, Association of Research Libraries

As we emerge into what follows historic crises in public health, democracy, and social justice, our society is challenged in almost every dimension of our lives with questions of trust and trustworthiness—whether about higher education, the media, the political system, or any number of professions. In this mix, libraries, especially research libraries, are rarely mentioned. However, they are well positioned to convene, inform, shape, and influence a more inclusive, equitable, and trustworthy existence, as they take action both within their organizations, and in partnership with others who share their values.

Research libraries are taking actions that will necessarily be the work of generations. However, before you read further it may be helpful to clarify what is meant by trust, entrustment, and trustworthiness.


In the face of public health and climate crises, challenges to critical thinking and democracy, and challenges to social justice, ARL remains focused on the research and learning mission, and the principles that guide us. Our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in our governance and throughout our Action Plan holds us accountable to being trustworthy.

Read the Complete Post by ARL’s Mary Lee Kennedy

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.