ARL and ACRL formed a joint advisory task force in 2015 to provide official advice on the new IPEDS definitions and to provide clarification to the academic library community on them. The Advisory Task Force recommendations regarding definitional issues and responses to questions raised by the academic library community were accepted by IPEDS and implemented in the 2015 and 2016 survey cycles. Although the Advisory Task Force has completed its original charge as of July 28, 2016, the group has identified issues requiring further deliberation that need to be considered including usage of electronic serials, shared collections (institutional repositories), and working with the Bureau of Labor Statistics to modify job categories for academic librarians.
Mary Jane Petrowski
Association of College & Research Libraries
American Library Association
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