Above: Members of ARL at a recent Business Meeting.

The Academic and Research Libraries (ARL) Section of IFLA focuses on cooperation, exchange of information, and promotion and support of the role of libraries as core institutions for research and education worldwide.

Our evolving committee

We are pleased to welcome two new co-opted members to the ARL standing committee, representing Asia:

  • Lily Ko (above left), Head, Learning Services, the Chinese University of Hong Kong Library, China
  • Shaharima Parvin (above right), Assistant Librarian, East West University, Bangladesh.

This brings to 18 the number of countries represented on the ARL Standing Committee. We are truly a multicultural team!

Blog flow keeps you in touch

The ARL's lively blog offers (at least) monthly diverse news and views from academic and research librarians around the world. 

Check out the latest posts: Anyone is welcome to contribute a post on a topic of interest. Please contact our blog co-ordinator, Sharon Murphy (

Listen for the call to action 

ARL’s next global webinar has been scheduled for Wednesday 2 November at 12:00 CEST. The topic is “The call to action: academic libraries’ responses to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals”.

Our esteemed speakers will be Roxanne Missingham, University Librarian, Australian National University; and Najmeh Shaghaei, Head of Library, Campus Sønderborg, The University of Southern Denmark. University of Southern Denmark.

Mark it in your calendar now. More information will follow soon.

Next stop: Rotterdam!

Planning is well underway for IFLA’s 2023 World Library and Information Congress (WLIC) to be held in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, from 21-25 August 2023.

As always, ARL will be “front and centre” at WLIC. We plan to hold a satellite conference before the Congress, along with our always-popular Hot Topics session and a joint session with another IFLA Section. More details will be provided as soon as possible. And our annual ARL Attendance Grants will enable three information professionals to attend the Congress for the first time. Start planning your application now!

Fond memories of Dublin

The 2022 World Library and Information Congress has left us with many fond memories.

ARL's Business Meeting at the Congress was  the first time we had met face-to-face in three years. We also welcomed the recipients of our Attendance Grants, Roana Flores (Philippines) and Danitza Noemi Coronel Tola (Bolivia) to the meeting. They're pictured above with members of the Committee.

You can check out two of the Hot Topics presentations below:

 We’ll post the remaining presentations as soon as possible.

See you online!

There are lots of ways to keep in touch with the latest news and views from the global academic and research libraries community.

ARL offers you the following channels:

Get amongst it and join the conversation!

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