Canada’s research libraries play pivotal roles in the creation and long-term stewardship of the scholarship produced at universities—whether new faculty publications or the research data upon which new scholarship is built. They also provide access for students, faculty, and researchers to the world’s information resources. CARL supports the critical enabling role of libraries in research and scholarship.
CARL aims to support the advancement of research by:
- Leading, developing, and deploying research data management initiatives.
- Fostering new knowledge creation and sustainable scholarly communication, including open access, and encouraging the role of the library in publishing.
- Facilitating collaborations to create, acquire, share, and preserve Canada’s research resources.
The global pandemic exposed the need and accelerated the development of robust digital infrastructures and resources. In 2021 CARL created an ad-hoc committee to explore issues that affect research libraries in this context and created the CARL Principles on Digital Access to Collections and Learning Resources.
The lead committee on this topic is the Advancing Research Committee.