Mary M. Case recently began a one-year term as president of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL). Prior to her election, Case served as the university librarian and dean of libraries at University of Illinois at Chicago. This news came to us from the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) in their release, “ARL Board of Directors 2016–2017 Elected by ARL Membership.”

ARL is a nonprofit organization of 124 research libraries in the US and Canada. ARL’s mission is 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, providing leadership in public and information policy to the scholarly and higher education communities, fostering the exchange of ideas and expertise, facilitating the emergence of new roles for research libraries, and shaping a future environment that leverages its interests with those of allied organizations.

Some of the key focuses of the ARL includes analysis of legal and legislative public policy issues and advocacy for issues of timely importance to the research library and higher education community.

Melody K. Smith

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