ACRL Board of Directors Set Strategic Priorities

The ACRL Board of Directors has adopted a set of six strategic priorities designed to continue the association’s forward progress over the next five years. At the recent ACRL 14th National Conference in Seattle, the board reviewed the Charting Our Future: ACRL Strategic Plan 2020 document, taking into consideration progress to date, member needs and external factors. As a result, the board identified six strategic objectives as priorities for 2009-13. The adoption of these strategic priorities allows ACRL to further position academic and research librarians and libraries as indispensable in advancing learning and scholarship. The ACRL committee leadership will work to develop multi-year plans with measurable outcomes to translate the priorities into action during the 2009 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.

The ACRL strategic priorities for 2009-13 are:

1. Strengthen ACRL’s relationships with higher education organizations that are important to faculty and administrators in order to develop institutional understanding of librarians’ roles in enhancing teaching and learning.
2. Enhance ACRL members’ understanding of how scholars work and the systems, tools, and technology to support the evolving work of the creation, personal organization, aggregation, discovery, preservation, access and exchange of information in all formats.
3. Increase ACRL’s influence in public policy affecting higher education.
4. Increase recognition of the value of libraries and librarians by leaders in higher education, information technology, funding agencies and campus decision making.
5. Support members in their exploration, research on, and implementation of new and emerging information technologies and their application for library services in educational environments.
6. Increase ACRL’s membership from professionally underrepresented ethnic and racial groups.

Complete information on the 2009—13 strategic priorities, along with the full Charting Our Future: ACRL Strategic Plan 2020, are available online.