Communicating the value of the academic library

For Immediate Release
Thu, 09/07/2017

Contact:

Rob Christopher

Marketing Coordinator

ALA Publishing

American Library Association

(312) 280-5052

rchristopher@ala.org

CHICAGO —  It’s up to you to measure the value of your academic library and how it delivers on your institution’s goals. The question is how to do it efficiently and effectively. Megan Oakleaf, who wrote a benchmark 2010 ACRL report on library value, shows how in her new book “Academic Library Value: The Impact Starter Kit,” published by ALA Editions. Helping you apply value and impact concepts to your own library, this resource includes 52 activities designed as part of professional development workshops and in consultation with libraries. By using this book, you’ll learn how to identify your stakeholders, listen to them, take new approaches to addressing value, and ultimately position your library as an increasingly valued asset. The activities inside will guide you through such key issues as:

  • stakeholder views of library servicescapes;
  • institutional communications audit;
  • assessment fears, challenges, and barriers;
  • impact on student retention;
  • involving the entire library organization; and
  • reporting the results.

Oakleaf is an Associate Professor in the Syracuse University iSchool. The author of ACRL’s Value of Academic Libraries Comprehensive Review and Report, she has published in several library and information science journals including College and Research Libraries, Portal, JASIST, and Journal of Documentation. She has presented at numerous conferences, including ALA, ACRL, AAC&U, and AALHE national conferences, the Library Assessment Conference, the IUPUI Assessment Institute, and EDUCAUSE. She won the 2011 Ilene Rockman Publication of the Year award, was included in the LIRT Top 20 Instruction Articles five times, earned Best Paper recognition at the 2007 EBLIP conference, and was awarded the 2014 Jeffrey Katzer Teacher of the Year award.

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