The ARL Strategic Plan 2010–2012 identifies critical priorities for ARL, areas where the members agree ARL should play a leadership role at this point in time. The three strategic directions identified in the plan are:
ARL will influence information and other public policies, both nationally and internationally, that govern the way information is managed and made available.
ARL will be a leader in the development of effective, extensible, sustainable, and economically viable models of scholarly communication that provide barrier-free access to quality information in support of the mission of research institutions.
ARL will articulate, promote, and facilitate new and expanding roles for ARL libraries that support, enable, and enrich the transformations affecting research and research-intensive education.