New from ACRL - Assessing Liaison Librarians: Documenting Impact for Positive Change

For Immediate Release
Tue, 01/06/2015


Kathryn Deiss

Content Strategist


CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of "Assessing Liaison Librarians: Documenting Impact for Positive Change" (PIL #67), edited by Daniel C. Mack and Gary W. White.

Assessment is increasingly important to higher education. Tight budgets and scarce resources demand accountability from the entire academy, including the library.  Librarians must be prepared to document the impact of the programs they create, the collections they develop and the services they offer. Liaison librarians in academic libraries focus on engagement with academic units and outreach to students, faculty and the community of scholars.

In a series of scholarly essays, "Assessing Liaison Librarians: Documenting Impact for Positive Change," examines how academic libraries assess liaison activities and offers recommendations for documenting the impact of programs and services.  Individual chapters address liaison activities relating to collection development; library instruction; research services; engagement and outreach; online, blended and other learning environments, including MOOCs; scholarly communications and information technology; the importance of assessment in the 21st century research library and professional development of liaisons librarians.

"Assessing Liaison Librarians: Documenting Impact for Positive Change" is #67 in the ACRL Publications in Librarianship (PIL) monograph series. This volume is suitable for all types of academic libraries and to schools of library and information science.

"Assessing Liaison Librarians: Documenting Impact for Positive Change" is available for purchase in print, as an e-book, and as a print/ e-book bundle through the ALA Online Store; in print and for Kindle through; 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 librarians. Representing more than 11,000 academic and research librarians and interested individuals, ACRL (a division of the American Library Association) is the only individual membership organization in North America that develops programs, products and services to help academic and research librarians 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.