Simon Fraser University to join the Association of Research Libraries in 2018
By Baharak Yousefi
SFU Library’s commitment to excellence in library services and collections has been recognized with an invitation to join the Association of Research Libraries (ARL).
The ARL Membership Committee acknowledged SFU’s significant capacity in research and knowledge mobilization, as illustrated by the University’s strategic research plan, and the library’s commitment to open access and open knowledge. As a member of the ARL, SFU Library will continue to contribute to the broader academic library community and grow the library’s significant and distinctive research-oriented collections.
ARL is a non-profit organization of 123 research libraries in the U.S. and Canada, including University of B.C. and University of Toronto libraries. ARL aims to influence the changing environment of scholarly communication and the public policies that affect research libraries and the diverse communities they serve. ARL pursues this mission by advancing the goals of its member research libraries. It provides leadership in public and information policy to the scholarly and higher education communities, fosterers the exchange of ideas and expertise, facilitates the emergence of new roles for research libraries, and shapes a future environment that leverages its interests with those of allied organizations.
“The invitation to join this select group of research libraries acknowledges the overall excellence of SFU's library, as well as its leadership in open access, scholarly publishing, and community engagement,” says Joy Johnson, SFU’s vice-president research and international. “We look forward to a mutually beneficial association with ARL for years to come.”
Gwen Bird, dean of libraries and university librarian at SFU, is looking forward to the opportunities for engagement across member organizations. “Membership in ARL will allow SFU to join and influence critical conversations about the changing role of research libraries. It will help us attract and retain top quality people to our organization, and expand our network of partners and collaborators.”