CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the release of ACRLMetrics, a new online service to support evidence-based decision making. Developed by Counting Opinions, it provides unprecedented access to the annual ACRL Academic Library Trends & Statistics Survey data as well as the biennial National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) Academic Library Survey data in one convenient location. ACRL data for participating institutions is available for 1999-2009, and NCES data is available for 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2008.
Commended in The Journal of Academic Librarianship as “a potentially powerful tool for academic library management and leadership,” ACRLMetrics facilitates performance analysis and decision-making with peer benchmarking and customized reports for use in presentations, grant applications, self-studies and strategic planning. The statistical data describe the collections, staffing, expenditures and service activities of academic libraries in all Carnegie classifications, including:
• Collections (including volumes, serials, multimedia)
• Expenditures (library materials, wages and salaries, other operating)
• Electronic Resources (including expenditures, collections, services, usage)
• Personnel and Public Services (staff and services)
• Ph.D.s Granted, Faculty, Student Enrollment
• Faculty Rank, Status and Tenure for Librarians
Special introductory pricing is now available through Jan. 31, 2011, at http://www.acrlmetrics.com. Subscriptions to ACRLMetrics can be invoiced online or purchased by credit card.
Contact Mary Jane Petrowski at firstname.lastname@example.org or (312)280-2523 or Lindsay Thompson at email@example.com or (800) 521-4930 with questions.
ACRL is a division of the American Library Association (ALA), representing more than 12,000 academic and research librarians and interested individuals. ACRL is the only individual membership organization in North America that develops programs, products and services to meet the unique needs of academic and research librarians. Its initiatives enable the higher education community to understand the role that academic libraries play in the teaching, learning and research environments. ACRL is on the Web at http://www.acrl.org, Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ala.acrl and Twitter at @ala_acrl.
Counting Opinions (SQUIRE) Ltd. provides evidence-based management solutions for the library sector and is online at http://www.countingopinions.com/academic.