In the 21st century, ARL libraries are increasingly exploring and adopting a range of new roles in serving research institutions, researchers, scholars, and students, making the time ripe for ARL to organize a new report cluster focusing on key new roles. The series will identify and delineate emerging roles and present research on early experiences among member libraries in developing the roles and delivering services.
Each report will describe an emerging role, articulating the audience affected by the new role and the benefits various constituencies experience as a result of the new role. Reports will highlight existing work, report authors’ findings, and offer analysis of trends, best practices, and key issues. In addition to creating a report, New Roles authors will organize webcasts to promote their findings, which will be held after a report’s release.