Advocacy & Issues

ACRL Speaks Out
Letters and amicus briefs supporting ACRL views on various issues.

Information Literacy/Student Learning
ACRL's information literacy Web site, including a peer consultant database, a toolkit for working with the Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education, and more, plus the Web site for ACRL's Institute for Information Literacy. ACRL's strategic plan, the Plan for Excellence, (effective July 1, 2011) set out three broad goals for the next five years. The goal for Student Learning is that "Librarians transform student learning, pedagogy, and instructional practices through creative and innovative collaborations."  

Legislation & Policy (formerly Washington Watch)
Resources on legislation and policy at the national level affecting academic and research libraries.  Find out how to become an ACRL Legislative Advocate and more about the work of ACRL's Government Relations Committee.

Liaison Activities
ACRL's Liaisons Coordinating Committee carries out a program of in-depth liaison activities with targeted professional associations. ACRL's liaison activity brings to the attention of nonlibrary associations how library resources and services can contribute to their mission and goals and brings information and higher education issues of other associations to the attention of the ACRL Board and membership.

Marketing @ your library
Information on the Campaign for America's Libraries' Academic and Research Library Campaign, examples of ACRL's work to promote academic and research libraries, and ideas and resources to help you develop your own promotional materials.

The Role of the Community College Library in the Academy 
Position statements by community college librarians who are members of the National Council of Learning Resources, a council of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC).

Scholarly Communication
Scholarly communication resources and overview of the work of ACRL's Research and Scholarly Environment Committee. ACRL's strategic plan, the Plan for Excellence, (effective July 1, 2011) set out three broad goals for the next five years. The goal for the Research and Scholarly Environment is that, "Librarians accelerate the transition to a more open system of scholarship."

Value of Academic Libraries
Value of academic libraries resources and overview of the work of ACRL's Value of Academic Libraries Committee. ACRL's strategic plan, the Plan for Excellence, (effective July 1, 2011) set out three broad goals for the next five years. The goal for the Value of Academic Libraries is that "Academic libraries demonstrate alignment with and impact on institutional outcomes." Recognizing the sense of urgency around this issue, ACRL is working to help members to demonstrate their value in clear, measurable ways. In September 2012, ACRL was awarded a National Leadership Demonstration Grant of $249,330 by the Institute of Museum and Library Services for the three-year project "Assessment in Action: Academic Libraries and Student Success," undertaken in partnership with the Association for Institutional Research and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities. The grant will support the design, implementation, and evaluation of a program to strengthen the competencies of librarians in campus leadership and data-informed advocacy.

White Papers and Reports