The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 125 research libraries in the US and Canada. Its 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.
ARL’s sponsorship of the Accelerating Science Award Program (ASAP) signals deep support from the research library community for Open Access publishing and for the authors who publish in Open Access journals. Open Access encourages the sharing of research and promotes innovation, activities that are central to the mission of higher education and scholarship.