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James G. Neal, Vice President for Information Services & University Librarian, hosted this symposium at Columbia University’s historic Low Library to celebrate the career of Duane Webster, who retired in June 2008 after 38 years at ARL, including 20 years as Executive Director. Fifteen of Webster’s colleagues gave presentations about the many aspects of Webster’s leadership at ARL and his impact on the research library community.

A Gala Celebration of the 75th Anniversary of ARL's Founding (1932–2007) [PDF]


  • Members and Leaders, 1932–2007
  • Selected ARL Chronology, 1932–2007

Celebrating Seventy Years of the Association of Research Libraries, 1932–2002 [PDF]


  • ARL: A Brief History, by Lee Anne George and Julia Blixrud
  • Plus Ça Change…Sixty Years of ARL, by David H. Stam
  • Selected ARL Chronology, 1932–2002
  • Members and Leaders, 1932–2002

Association of Research Libraries: Overview with a Focus on 2001–07 [PDF]


  • Founding and Foundation
  • Scholarly Communication
  • Preservation
  • Public Policies Affecting Research Libraries
  • Research, Teaching, and Learning
  • Diversity Initiatives
  • Leadership Development
  • Collections and Access
  • Statistics and Measurement
  • Technology
  • Membership
  • Governance

See also

"The Association of Research Libraries 1932–1962," by Frank M. McGowan (PhD diss., University of Pittsburgh, 1972), OCLC record # 771692.