The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) have jointly released a report titled "Observations on Research Libraries' Alignment with Institutional STEM Priorities," shedding light on the crucial role research libraries play in supporting and aligning with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) priorities at their respective institutions.
The report presents the outcomes of the collaborative efforts between ARL and CARL to explore the necessity and nature of alignment between research libraries and their universities' STEM priorities. It identifies the challenges faced by research libraries in this regard while showcasing examples of how libraries are actively working to enhance and bolster STEM initiatives within their institutions. The report offers a comprehensive summary of common themes and notable observations from each of the institutions visited.
To conduct this study, ARL and CARL organized one-day site visits to four prominent US institutions: Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Northwestern University, and Purdue University. Additionally, two Canadian institutions, McMaster University and the University of Toronto, were included in the study. This diverse selection of public and private universities serves as illustrative examples rather than a comprehensive representation of the associations' combined membership.
The insights and findings presented in the report aim to provide valuable guidance and support to ARL and CARL members as they navigate their paths forward in aligning research libraries with their institutions' STEM priorities. By highlighting successful practices and strategies employed by research libraries, the report fosters collaboration, knowledge sharing, and advancement in the field.
ARL and CARL envision this report as a resource that will enable research libraries to strengthen their contributions to STEM education, research, and innovation, ultimately supporting the success and advancement of their institutions.
Libraries have long been at the forefront of supporting research and providing essential resources for scholars, and this collaborative effort between ARL and CARL further solidifies their commitment to adapting and aligning their services with the evolving needs of STEM disciplines.
Researchers, educators, and stakeholders in the academic community are encouraged to explore the report's findings and recommendations, which can be accessed on the ARL and CARL websites. By embracing the opportunities outlined in the report, research libraries have the potential to make significant contributions to the advancement of STEM priorities and the overall success of their institutions in the rapidly evolving landscape of scientific research and innovation.Click here to read the original press release.