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ARL Strategic Plan 2010–2012

Strategic Direction: Influencing Public Policies: Outcomes & Strategies

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Influencing Public Policies

ARL will influence information and other public policies, both nationally and internationally, that govern the way information is managed and made available.


As ARL moves forward in this strategic direction, some expected outcomes in the next three years include:

Outcome A: ARL will have influenced laws, public policies, regulations, and judicial decisions governing the use of copyrighted materials so that they better meet the needs of the educational and research communities (e.g., Fair Use and Fair Dealing will thrive and the public domain will be expanding). ARL will also have influenced other laws, public policies, regulations and judicial decisions that are of importance to research libraries.

Outcome B: ARL will have contributed to reducing economic, legal, and technical barriers to access and use of the research results from publicly funded research projects, enabling rapid and inexpensive worldwide dissemination of facts and ideas.

Outcome C: ARL will have proposed and influenced new models for the management and access to government information.

Outcome D: ARL’s administrative and academic counterparts in research institutions will have a better understanding of the implications of public policy choices for advancing transformed systems of scholarly communication and of key public policy issues of import to research libraries.

Outcome E: ARL will continue to be a leader in advocacy and educational efforts within North American and international research and educational communities.


Strategies that ARL may pursue in moving forward include:

Strategy 1: Expand ARL’s capacity for analysis and advocacy and for proposing, influencing, and responding to legislation and other policy issues, e.g. transforming the Federal Depository Library Program, ongoing and emerging copyright and intellectual property issues and more.

Strategy 2: Expand ARL’s capacity for advancing open access/open science and access to data through increased advocacy and collaboration with other allied and partner organizations such as the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC).

Strategy 3: Expand and strengthen alliances with organizations that share common goals to advance policy issues, such as the Canadian Association of Research Libraries, higher education-related associations including the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities, the American Association of Universities, the Association of College and Research Libraries, leading Internet companies, the Library Copyright Alliance, and others.

Strategy 4: Promote, facilitate and conduct research in relevant areas of public and information policy.