CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of the “Advocacy, Outreach and the Nation’s Academic Libraries: A Call for Action,” edited by William Welburn, Janice Welburn and Beth McNeil. In the current fiscal environment, college and university librarians must clearly articulate their value to the teaching, learning and research missions of their institutions. “Advocacy, Outreach and the Nation’s Academic Libraries” provides a framework for opening dialogue and incorporating advocacy by exploring opportunities for advocacy and focusing on the world of civic engagement as well as the role of librarians as advocates on campus.
In 12 insightful chapters, “Advocacy, Outreach and the Nation’s Academic Libraries” highlights the collaborative nature of advocacy and the importance of seeing opportunities for effective advocacy in a variety of areas. The authors focus on scholarly activity and the production of research, outreach and civic engagement, the adoption of new and emerging technologies, information literacy, service to student populations, diversity and organizational development as potential avenues for libraries to assert their value in their communities. “Advocacy, Outreach and the Nation’s Academic Libraries” stresses the importance of all academic librarians embracing advocacy as a core responsibility.
“Advocacy, Outreach and the Nation’s Academic Libraries” is available for purchase through the ALA Online Store (http://www.alastore.ala.org), by telephone order at (866) 746-7252 in the U.S. or (770) 442-8633 for international customers.