ACRL Plan for Excellence
Development of the Strategic Plan
The ACRL Plan for Excellence was developed with significant member input and informed by the latest available trend data. At the ALA Midwinter Meeting and ALA Annual Conference in 2010, the ACRL Leadership Council identified challenges facing academic librarianship and prioritized areas for action. These conversations along with Futures Thinking for Academic Librarians, the 2010 Top Ten Trends in Academic Libraries and The Value of Academic Libraries: A Comprehensive Research Review and Report, as well as the 2010 Strategic Plan Activities Report, informed the strategic plan development process.
The ACRL Board of Directors dedicated its fall 2010 Strategic Planning and Orientation Session to drafting a new strategic plan. The ACRL Board accomplished the goal of creating a focused and streamlined plan in drafting the ACRL Plan for Excellence. ACRL members were invited to provide feedback to the ACRL Board of Directors via an online survey and during table discussions at the 2011 Midwinter Leadership Council Session. The Board adopted the ACRL Plan for Excellence on April 20, 2011, to be effective July 1, 2011.
Implementation and Assessment
ACRL's strategic planning process continues with the development of annual Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for each of the strategic goal areas, Value of Academic Libraries, Student Learning, and Research and Scholarly Environment, as well as the enabling programs and services in order to provide the metrics the Board needs to assess progress achieving the goals detailed in the Plan for Excellence.
All ACRL Division-level committees are charged by the Board with advancing ACRL's strategic goal areas or enabling programs and services. Through the Annual Work Plan Process, the Board guides and assesses ACRL's progress in implementing the ACRL Plan for Excellence.
Previous Strategic Plan
Documents related to ACRL's previous strategic planning process (some of these items are available to ACRL members only ) include:
- ACRL Strategic Priorities for 2009-2013 (PDF)
- Charting our Future: ACRL Strategic Plan 2020 (PDF)
- Assumptions about the Relevant Future for Academic and Research Librarians and Libraries (updated September 2006)
- Developing a strategic plan: ACRL focuses on the future, C&RL News article, May 2004