Strategic Directions May 2016 to May 2019

CARL—the Canadian Association of Research Libraries—is the leadership organization for the Canadian research library community.


CARL provides leadership on behalf of Canada’s research libraries and enhances capacity to advance research and higher education. It promotes effective and sustainable knowledge creation, dissemination, and preservation, and public policy that enables broad access to scholarly information.

Strategic Directions

In a research, teaching and learning landscape characterized by transformative technological and socio-economic change, Canadian research libraries are adopting innovative strategies for creating, acquiring, preserving, and sharing knowledge. CARL represents and actively supports the new and expanded roles for research libraries identified by its members. Specifically, CARL advances the research enterprise, strengthens libraries’ collective resource capacity, ensures that the contributions of libraries are both evident and continually evolving, and articulates and advocates for a policy environment that fosters and preserves access to scholarship and knowledge. In pursuing its goals, CARL engages in collaborations within Canada and on an international basis.

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