ARL, ACRL, ALA form joint advisory task force to clarify academic library definitions in IPEDS Survey

For Immediate Release
Tue, 05/26/2015

Contact:

Mary Jane Petrowski

Associate Director

ACRL

mpetrowski@ala.org

WASHINGTON, D.C. and CHICAGO — The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) have formed a joint advisory task force to suggest changes to the current definitions and instructions accompanying the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) Academic Libraries Component for FY 2015. The ARL/ACRL task force will work to provide formal recommendations to IPEDS by early July 2015. The task force will offer virtual opportunities to engage and inform the larger community of this work.

Since October 2014 the IPEDS Academic Libraries Component coordinator, Bao Le, has been monitoring questions and discussions on the ARL-Assess e-mail list and working with Robert Dugan, chair of the ACRL Academic Library Trends and Statistics Survey Editorial Board and dean of libraries at University of West Florida. Dugan has also developed and maintains a LibGuide that serves as an unofficial FAQ regarding the IPEDS Academic Libraries Component. David Larsen and Elizabeth Edwards of University of Chicago offered analysis of the IPEDS survey challenges during the ARL Library Assessment Forum at the American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting this January. A video of their presentation is available on the ARL YouTube channel (starting at 49:58 "IPEDS: Academic Libraries Component").

ARL and ACRL are providing leadership by establishing a task force to formalize the advice offered by the academic library community and to ensure that advice is communicated to the IPEDS Academic Libraries coordinator.  

“It is important to develop a robust national survey form useful to all types of academic libraries and in sync with national and international standards,” said Mary Ellen Davis, ACRL executive director.

ARL Executive Director Elliott Shore called for “taking a collaborative approach to shared understandings of academic libraries and their work, being cost effective and efficient as we streamline this effort to improve our national education statistics, and leveraging our collective wisdom in developing guidance for the community.”

Historically the US National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) collected academic library statistics as part of the library statistics program every two years with National Commission on Libraries and Information Science (NCLIS) oversight so that all library sectors were included (academic, public, state library agencies and school libraries).  Due to the closure of NCLIS in 2008 and reorganization within NCES, the public and state library statistics of NCES were transferred to the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) while the academic and school library statistics remained with NCES.  The Academic Libraries Survey (ALS) was moved into the IPEDS data collection system and underwent major revisions. The new Academic Libraries Component became part of the annual IPEDS data collection activities, beginning with FY 2014.

Members of the ARL/ACRL Joint Advisory Task Force on the IPEDS Academic Libraries Component include:

Co-chairs:

Robert Dugan, chair of the ACRL Academic Library Trends and Statistics Survey Editorial Board; University of West Florida; robert.dugan@gmail.com

Robert Fox, Chair of the ARL Assessment Committee; University of Louisville; bob.fox@louisville.edu

Members:

Elizabeth Edwards, University of Chicago,  eee@uchicago.edu

Terri Fishel, Macalester College, fishel@macalester.edu

Steve Hiller, University of Washington, hiller@u.washington.edu

Martha Kyrillidou, Association of Research Libraries; chair of the NISO Z39.7 Data Dictionary; martha@arl.org

David Larsen, University of Chicago, lar1@uchicago.edu

Bao Le, National Center for Education Statistics, IPEDS Academic Libraries Contact, bao.le@ed.gov

Bede Mitchell, Georgia Southern University, wbmitch@georgiasouthern.edu

Kenley Neufeld, Santa Barbara City College, neufeld@sbcc.edu

Mary Jane Petrowski, Association of College & Research Libraries, mpetrowski@ala.org

Kathy Rosa, Office of Research & Statistics, American Library Association, krosa@ala.org

For more information, contact Martha Kyrillidou, Senior Director of ARL Statistics and Service Quality Programs, at 202-296-2296 or martha@arl.org, or ACRL Associate Director Mary Jane Petrowski at 312-280-2523 or mpetrowski@ala.org.

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About ACRL
The Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) is the higher education association for librarians. Representing more than 11,500 academic and research librarians and interested individuals, ACRL (a division of the American Library Association) 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 http://www.acrl.org/, Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ala.acrl, and Twitter at @ala_acrl.

About ARL
The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 124 research libraries in the US and Canada. ARL’s mission is to influence the changing environment of scholarly communication and the public policies that affect research libraries and the diverse communities they serve. ARL pursues this mission by advancing the goals of its member research libraries, providing leadership in public and information policy to the scholarly and higher education communities, fostering the exchange of ideas and expertise, facilitating the emergence of new roles for research libraries, and shaping a future environment that leverages its interests with those of allied organizations. ARL is on the web at http://www.arl.org/, Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/association.of.research.libraries, and Twitter at @ARLnews.