Larry Alford, Chief Librarian at the University of Toronto, elected president of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL)

Monday, October 19, 2015

Larry P. Alford, Chief Librarian at the University of Toronto, began a one-year term as president of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) on Wednesday, October 7, 2015, during the Association’s Fall 2015 Meeting in Washington, DC. Alford succeeds Deborah Jakubs, the Rita DiGiallonardo Holloway university librarian and vice provost for library affairs at Duke University, as ARL president.

Larry Alford has been Chief Librarian at the University of Toronto since August 2011. The University of Toronto Library System is the largest research library in Canada and ranks third among North American university research libraries. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the University of Toronto Press.   Prior to joining the University of Toronto he was Dean of University Libraries at Temple University.

Mr. Alford is extensively involved in a variety of cooperative activities, and since 2002, he has served as a trustee of OCLC, Inc (Online Computer Library Center), and as its chair from 2007 – 2012. 

Mr. Alford is also an active member of the American Library Association (ALA), the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), and the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL).  He is also a member of the Board of Directors of, a Canadian non-profit providing digital access to Canadian heritage collections. 

View a photo roster of the Association of Research Libraries Board of Directors.

About the Association of Research Libraries

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 124 research libraries in the US and Canada. ARL’s 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 is on the web at   

About University of Toronto Libraries:

The University of Toronto Libraries system is the largest academic library in Canada and is ranked third among peer institutions in North America, behind Harvard and Yale. The system consists of 44 libraries located on three university campuses. In addition to more than 12 million print volumes in 341 languages, the library system currently provides access to more than 150,000 journal titles, millions of electronic resources in various forms and over 29,500 linear metres of archival material.

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