Duane E. Webster (PoP)

Executive Director Emeritus, Association of Research Libraries (ARL)

Duane E. Webster (PoP)

Duane E. Webster is executive director emeritus of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL). His service with ARL extended over a 38-year period, and he was the ARL chief executive officer the last 20 years. ARL is an organization of 123 major research libraries whose mission is to identify and influence forces affecting the future of research libraries in the process of scholarly communication. ARL programs and services are intended to strengthen the capacities of its member libraries to provide equitable access to recorded information and to promote national and international collaborative programs for library development, technology, and information policy.

Webster received his M.A.L.S. from the University of Michigan in 1964 and worked in research, public, and special libraries before joining ARL in 1970 to establish the ARL Office of Leadership and Management Services (OLMS). During his tenure as director of the ARL/OLMS, he helped design a variety of programs to improve research library management including: the Management Review and Analysis Program (MRAP), the Academic Library Development Program (ALDP), the Collection Analysis Program (CAP), the Preservation Planning Program (PPP), and the Public Services Study (PSS). He also established the Systems and Procedures Exchange Center (SPEC) and a widely acclaimed OLMS management and leadership development program.

Webster was appointed executive director of ARL in 1988 and helped launch a series of major initiatives, including: the ARL Office of Scholarly Communication (OSC); the ARL/EDUCAUSE Coalition for Networked Information (CNI); the Library Copyright Alliance; the ARL Minority Recruitment and Development program; the Research Library Leadership Fellows Program; and the Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC).

He was awarded the Heidelberg Career Excellence Award in 2010. In 2008, he was named executive director emeritus by the Association of Research Libraries and awarded the ARL Distinguished Service Award. Also in 2008. he was awarded the American Library Association's Joseph W. Lippincott Award. Webster was recognized as the University of Michigan's School of Library Science Distinguished Alumnus in 1982 and the Association of College and Research Libraries Research Librarian of the Year in 1987.

Webster retired in July 2008 and is helping conduct the 20011/12 ARL Research Library Leadership Fellows Program, helping to prepare for the next generation of library leaders.