About the Academic and Research Libraries Section


The mission of the IFLA Section “Academic and Research Libraries” (SC-ARL) covers the following key issues:

  • Cooperation and the further development of academic and research libraries,
  • Exchange of information about new library tasks and about best practices successfully implementing new service facilities,
  • Promotion and support of the role of libraries as core institutions for research and education worldwide.

The section members’ engagement concerns the involvement of academic and research libraries in Higher Education and Cultural Heritage within IFLA and on a national level.

The responsibility of the section is to monitor current and emerging issues and their relevance to academic and research libraries; and to disseminate information and recommendations, including both results of relevant research and experiences of practitioners. The major issue is the ongoing digital transformation of libraries and its impact on the libraries’ mission, organization and service portfolios.

Important topics concerning the core library services to support evolving learning, teaching and research include:

  • open access transformation,
  • open access publishing,
  • open data management,
  • open educational resources,
  • open source environments,
  • open science policies
  • e-research support,
  • copyright legislation,
  • new shapes of library management,
  • information literacy,
  • advanced skills and further training of library staff.

In cooperation with other IFLA sections we are working on this by a broad scale of activities on various levels.  We explicitly facilitate the involvement of library professionals from developing countries in all the section’s activities and programs.

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Academic and Research Libraries

Last update: 16 January 2018