ACRL releases The Changing Academic Library: Operations, Cultures, Environments, Third Edition

For Immediate Release
Wed, 07/11/2018


Erin Nevius

Content Strategist


CHCIAGO - The Association of College and Research LIbraries (ACRL) announces the publication of "The Changing Academic Library: Operations, Cultures, Environments," Third Edition, by John M. Budd. Book number 74 in ACRL’s Publications in Librarianship series, this newly revised and expanded third edition of the classic textbook presents a critical examination of major issues facing colleges and universities and the unique challenges their libraries face.

In twelve chapters—including a completely new second chapter on the state of higher education—the book presents an overview of higher education and the role of libraries within the institution, covering academic models from private colleges to public universities; discusses governance models, financing, and organizational culture, and the library’s place within them; examines changes in scholarly communication; looks at the impact of the library on its community; and explores issues affecting library collections, access, services, and staffing.

As the world of higher education continues to change, academic libraries and librarians must respond to shifts in their purpose and operations to provide the best services to their communities. "The Changing Academic Library" can be used as a text in library and information science courses, as well as an introduction for new professionals and academic administrators. Its fresh and detailed examination of the environment of colleges and universities and the political and social forces that operate in higher education, past, present, and future, can also benefit practicing academic librarians.

"The Changing Academic Library: Operations, Cultures, Environments," Third Edition, is available for purchase in print and as an ebook through the ALA Online Store and by telephone order at (866) 746-7252 in the U.S. or (770) 442-8633 for international customers.


The Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) is the higher education association for academic libraries and library workers. Representing more than 10,000 individuals and libraries, ACRL (a division of the American Library Association) develops programs, products, and services to help those working in academic and research libraries learn, innovate, and lead within the academic community. Founded in 1940, ACRL is committed to advancing learning and transforming scholarship. ACRL is on the web at, Facebook at and Twitter at @ala_acrl.