Sunday, January 1, 2023
Association of Research Libraries (ARL) members voted to invite UNT into the association during its fall meeting Oct.18-19 in Washington, D.C. The ARL Membership Committee noted UNT’s designation as a Tier One research university and Hispanic-Serving Institution as well as its commitment to multiple initiatives supporting system-wide expansion of diversity, equity, inclusion and access. On January 1, 2023, The University of North Texas Libraries became ARL’s 128th member organization.
For nearly 100 years, the ARL has worked to strengthen research and service surrounding scholarly communities. The University of North Texas Libraries was invited to join this influential organization in late 2022. ARL is a nonprofit made up of research libraries in Canada and the U.S. with a mission ‘to create a trusted, equitable and inclusive research and learning ecosystem and prepare library leaders to advance this work in strategic partnership with member libraries and other organizations worldwide.’ Other ARL members include libraries at Johns Hopkins, Harvard and Yale universities, as well as the Library of Congress and National Archives and Records Administration.
“We have been successful in supporting learning, research and digital collections in a culture of innovation and inclusivity, but membership in ARL allows us to now take our initiatives to the next level as we gain new opportunities to collaborate with our colleagues in the leading academic libraries in the U.S. and Canada,” says UNT Libraries Dean Diane Bruxvoort.