May 22, 2022

Meeting Report: “Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Membership Convenes Online for Fall 2021 Association Meeting, ‘The Big Pivot Continues'”

From an ARL Post by Kaylyn Groves:

Association of Research Libraries (ARL) member representatives, committee members, guests, and staff convened for the 179th Association Meeting via videoconference September 28–October 6, 2021. Meeting participants discussed the ongoing “big pivot” required by the COVID-19 pandemic and the concurrent epidemic of racist violence. The program featured sessions on activating the physical spaces of research libraries; pursuing truth, reconciliation, and transformation; and leading through disruption and change.

Prior to the program sessions, the Association Committees met September 28–30, the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors met on October 1, and the full Board met on October 4 and 6. On October 5, then ARL President John Culshaw, the Jack B. King University Librarian at The University of Iowa, convened the Business Meeting. The membership ratified the election of the new vice president/president-elect and the treasurer, elected four new Board members, and voted to invite the University of California, Santa Cruz to become an ARL member, effective January 1, 2022.

Read the Complete Meeting Summary + Links to Slides (933 words)

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