ACRL 2004-2005 Annual Report

(also published in the December issue of C&RL News)

ACRL’s Core Purpose

The core purpose of the Association of College & Research Libraries is to lead academic and research librarians and libraries in advancing learning and scholarship.

Message from the President

Message from the Vice-President

Letter from the Executive Director

Year in Review

Board of Directors

Financial Report

Executive Summary

Meet the Staff

Message from the President

Frances MaloyFrances Maloy

ACRL’s 66th President

It was very gratifying to serve as ACRL President. Thank you for the opportunity to lead a dynamic organization like ACRL and work with its talented member/volunteers and staff. Thank you for all that you do on behalf of ACRL. It was a thrilling experience to present the Excellence in Academic Libraries awards and to give presentations at chapter meetings. I was honored to present Richard K. Gardner, founding editor of Choice magazine, with the Special Presidential Recognition Award and Ravindra Nath (R. N.) Sharma with the Academic/Research Librarian of the Year Award. The ACRL 12th National Conference, "Currents and Convergence: Navigating the Rivers of Change," was a resounding success. Special thanks to ACRL Vice-President/President-Elect Camila Alire for her creativity and energy to lead that effort so wonderfully.

The purpose of my presidential theme, "Creativity and Leadership," was to highlight the challenges facing institutions of higher education and libraries and to encourage librarians to think creatively about the opportunities present in these challenges. I hope the articles in C&RL News that ran under the heading of this theme inspired you to find a path through the challenges of your situation.

I am so pleased that the dues increase referendum on the spring ballot passed. In addition to the very successful National Conference, ACRL’s financial picture is stronger than it was a year ago, enabling the association to implement its strategic plan. Aligning the association’s structure with the goals and objectives in the plan was the next step in implementation. Our new coordinating committees, Professional Development, Advocacy, and Publications, will reduce duplicative efforts among committees with overlapping areas. The Board also expanded charges for many of its committees to give greater focus on implementing goals in the strategic plan. The Board instituted a three-year budget and planning process that provides a road map for members to submit proposals that further ACRL Strategic goals and objectives. I am gratified that at the Board Strategic Planning and Orientation Session, the Board approved more than $30,000 in initiatives submitted by sections and committees.

Other highlights of the year include planning for the ACRL Blog under the leadership of Stephen Bell and Mary Jane Petrowski, organizing a Joint Virtual Conference with CNI and EDUCAUSE, and working with RBMS to receive an IMLS grant for the 2006 RBMS preconference, "Libraries, Archives, and Museums in the Twenty-First Century: Intersecting Missions, Converging Futures?" Another highlight is the decision to provide enhanced access to C&RL, making it openly accessible on the Web after a six-month delay; issues are available beginning with the 1997 volume. I am delighted by the ACRL/Bowker partnership to launch Resources for College Libraries (RCL). RCL has been long awaited, and the ACRL/Bowker partnership both enhances the product and speeds up its delivery. We are indebted to Irv Rockwood for his leadership on this product and to the very talented and hard-working Choice staff.

It was a pleasure to serve with the ACRL Board. This was a board that became an effective team very quickly and rolled up their sleeves and began working to enhance ACRL and help you achieve your goals. With the amazing support of the ACRL staff, led by Mary Ellen Davis, we accomplished an extraordinary amount of work this year. By building a stronger and more nimble organizational structure, we facilitate new innovation.

ACRL 2005 Annual Conference Programs—Chicago

ACRL Presidents’ Program—Time for a Reality Check: Academic Librarians in a

TiVo®-lutionary Age

AFAS/ARTS—Chicago Blues: From the Delta to the World

ANSS—Are Subject Librarians an Endangered Species?

CLS—Bits and Bytes: Using Technology to Train Academic Librarians as Coaches

CJCLS—Six Sigma: A 3M Leadership Model for Libraries

DLS—Distance Learning: This Means You! We Know Where We’ve Been, But Where Are We Going?

EBSS—Empirical Desires, Realized Dreams: Impact of Quantitative and Qualitative

Research on Libraries

Ethics Committee—Deciding What’s Right: Academic Library Ethics Day-to-Day

IS—The Pride of Success: Teaching, Learning, and Leading: Key Roles for Librarians in the Academic Community

LES—Old Texts Made New: EEBO, ECCO and the Impact on Literary Scholarship

LPSS— Making Sense of Public Affairs Research

Marketing Academic & Research Libraries Committee—Is there Life after LibQUAL+? Learn How Strategic Marketing Can Focus and Energize the LibQUAL+ Experience

Racial & Ethnic Diversity—Research into Diversity

RBMS/AAMES—Collecting World Cultures: African, Asian, Caribbean, and Native

American Materials in Chicago Institutions

Status of Academic Librarians—Tenure and Continuous Appointment: Is it Worth It?

STS—The New Crossroads: Science Librarians in the 21st Century

ULS—Pay to Play: Debating Models for Scholarly Publishing

WESS/SEES—Digitizing Medieval Manuscripts: East and West

WSS—Getting Published: From Practice to Print

Message from the Vice-President

Camilla AlireCamilla Alire


First, let me thank everyone for their support and encouragement during my vice-presidential year. This includes the folks at the University of New Mexico Libraries, the ACRL Board, the unbelievable ACRL staff, and ACRL committee members and members in general.

Secondly, let me sing the praises of "Charting our Future: ACRL Strategic Plan 2020." Although I am a strong advocate for the strategic planning process, I have never experienced it as integrated as it is within ACRL. Everything we do at the Board level revolves around our strategic directions. We have to keep asking ourselves, "Is this a strategic priority?"

There are two strategic directions that I have focused on—advocacy and continuous learning (leadership goal). My focus for my presidential year is advocacy at the campus level, particularly grassroots advocacy where frontline librarians and other library staff are trained to carry the academic library’s message to faculty and students on campus. Part of advocacy is developing the leadership to do it successfully.

To this end, I appointed an Advocacy Task Force that worked all last year on developing a workshop for the ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans, June 24, 2006, for our librarians and library staff. They plan to bring in an internationally renowned speaker who is noted for his work on the power of personal persuasion. Additionally, they are developing a toolkit for all ACRL members on this focus. I owe a lot of thanks to that task force for all their work.

Another thanks goes to my Presidential Program Committee, which has developed a program for the next ALA Annual Conference that should be interesting and provocative. I asked them to come up with a program that will have the attendees talking about it after the program is over. In my estimation, they have done that. That program will be June 26, 2006. Hope I have piqued your interest?

Another initiative that has been developed and is already in place is the ACRL/ALA Sister Libraries program. Many thanks to Kara Malenfant, past chair of the ACRL’s International Relations Committee, Heleni Pedersoli, current co-chair of ACRL IRC, and the IRC Committee. This program was designed and ready to go at the end of my year as vice- president/president-elect.

I want particularly to recognize Frances Maloy, 2005 president, and Mary Ellen Davis, ACRL executive director, for their leadership, assistance, and patience in making my vice-presidential year virtually painless. I look forward to a very productive year as president, I look forward to visiting the various state chapters, and I look forward to advancing the academic libraries on our campuses with the leadership of our frontline folks.

Friends of ACRL

The Friends of ACRL donations support areas key to ACRL’s mission. These include the Professional Development Scholarship Fund, Innovative New Program Fund, Best Practices in Academic Librarianship Fund, and Global Connection Fund.

Since the establishment of the Friends of ACRL, 113 donors have become Friends and contributed more than $46,910 to demonstrate their support for its initiatives. Money from the Friends Funds has been used to provide scholarships for ACRL professional development activities and to support the ACRL awards program through publicity and the creation of special presidential awards.

Thanks to those listed below for contributing to the Friends of ACRL in 2004–05.


Family of William Moffett


Camila Alire

Patricia Senn Breivik

Erika Linke


Nancy Allen

Deborah Dancik

Elaine Didier

Vicki Gregory

Althea Jenkins

W. Bede Mitchell

Pamela Snelson


Susan Allen

Janis M. Bandelin (in memory of Rhoda Channing)

Mary Ellen Davis

Julia Gelfand

Lori Goetsch

Patricia A. Kreitz

Susan Kroll

Frances Lampert (in honor of Lynn Lampert)

Barton Lessin

Frances Maloy

William Nelson (in memory of Charles Beard)

Pamela Moffett Padley

Sharon J. Rogers (in memory of Carol M. Christensen)

Bob Rose

Louise Sherby

Mary Lee Sweat

Winston Tabb

Dorothy Washington


Tyrone Cannon

Donald Frank

W. Lee Hisle

Rita Jones

Lynne King

Mary Jane Petrowski

Keith R. Stetson

Lorelei Tanji

Barbara J. Wittkopf


Dawn Thistle

Letter from the Executive Director

Mary Ellen DavisMary Ellen K. Davis

Executive Director

"Charting Our Future: ACRL Strategic Plan 2020" gave ACRL a clear road map to follow this year as we worked to initiate new programs and sustain services that clearly advanced ACRL’s goals for higher education, the profession, and the association.

Ensuring opportunities for learning is a major focus of the plan and ACRL’s 12th National Conference provided numerous outstanding programs and preconferences. Many thanks to conference chair, Camila Alire, and her extraordinary committee, for planning a stimulating and record-breaking event! New this year was a virtual component of the conference, which allowed participants to access content from the sessions, exchange ideas, and continue their discussions online. In keeping with the strategic objectives to offer learning opportunities in a variety of formats and make good use of technology, the virtual conference was also accessible to those who could not attend the face-to-face conference. ACRL’s catalog of e-courses also expanded, providing new opportunities for continuous learning.

ACRL made good progress in contributing to our professional knowledge base with its development of a partnership with R.R. Bowker to publish a successor to the venerable Books for College Libraries. Work is moving ahead steadily on this project and the selection of the best of the best resources continues with a target publication date of September 2006.

Implementing the new strategic plan required a more nimble and effective organization, so the Board began to align the work of the units with the strategic plan. To create enhanced communication and coordination of activities, the Board linked committees with similar or related missions under the umbrella of a coordinating committee. Three such coordinating committees were created in the areas of advocacy, professional development, and publications. We also launched an association-wide environmental scanning and strategic planning initiative by asking all ACRL units to share their thoughts. All units had an opportunity to identify the imperatives that must be addressed by ACRL by developing proposals that identified resources needed for carrying out activities that advance the strategic plan.

The passage of ACRL’s first dues increase since 1989 was another major milestone. The Budget and Finance Committee studied the issue carefully before making the recommendation to the Board, and the Board, in turn, sought advice from the membership before deciding to put it on the ballot. ACRL members voted 2 to 1 in support of the recommended dues increase, a very heartening result. ACRL will continue to work hard to provide the programs and services that its members want.

Thanks to all of the ACRL members who worked with us on many new initiatives this year—both internal and external. We appreciate your willingness to try new things and to support the association. I also want to thank the ACRL Board for its leadership in implementing the strategic plan, examining ACRL’s dues, and addressing ACRL’s structure. We are all grateful to ACRL President Frances Maloy for her leadership in moving the organization forward.

I also want to acknowledge the generous support provided by ACRL’s many corporate colleagues and Friends. Finally, thank you to the ACRL staff that, together with our members, helped ACRL accomplish the many activities that you will read about in this report.

Year in Review


"Charting Our Future: ACRL Strategic Plan 2020," guided the direction of ACRL’s activities in 2004–05. This year’s annual report shares with you ACRL activities by the strategic plan’s three broad categories: higher education and research, the profession, and the association. Some highlights of the year are given below.

2004–2005 Highlights

Resources for College Libraries

In late May, Choice announced a partnership with commercial publisher R. R. Bowker, to copublish Resources for College Libraries (RCL), a new core collection of recommended titles for academic libraries. The long-awaited successor to Books for College Libraries, 3rd edition, RCL will be an online product whose coverage includes both electronic resources and books. It will feature a comprehensive core list of more than 50,000 books and electronic resources spanning all undergraduate liberal arts and sciences subject areas. Choice will manage editorial development, while Bowker handles production, marketing, and distribution. The RCL editorial team, consisting of more than 300 individuals, is now actively compiling content using a Web-based authoring system developed by Bowker to Choice specifications. RCL has a target publication date of late 2006.

ACRL’s 12th National Conference

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In April, ACRL offered its premier professional development event—its 12th National Conference. The conference, chaired by Camila Alire, University of New Mexico, was one of the most successful conferences to date, attracting nearly 4,000 individuals and breaking previous attendance records by nearly 30 percent. Also among the records set were number of paid attendees (2,864), most first-time conference attendees (1,059), and the most scholarship awardees (94). Through outstanding fundraising, ACRL was able to award $55,000 in scholarships to new librarians, library school students, preconference attendees, Spectrum scholars, library support staff, and international members. 97.4 percent of conference attendees indicated that their experience at the conference was "very" or "somewhat" positive, and more than 300 diverse conference programs appealed to librarians involved in academic and research libraries. ACRL also offered its first-ever Virtual Conference as a component of the National Conference. The virtual conference included six live, interactive Webcasts, discussion threads, speaker materials, chat rooms, and more. The Virtual Conference online community was also made available to all face-to-face conference attendees and more than 1,200 attendees have logged into the community.

Higher education and research

ACRL advocates for a strong role for librarians in learning and scholarship, as well as advocates for the value of libraries in the higher education, legislative, and regulatory communities.


ACRL strives for its members to be recognized as collaborative leaders in teaching lifelong learning skills, improving techniques for assessing learning outcomes, and creating environments for discovery. Specific objectives call for ACRL to expand adoption, use, and development of information literacy standards and to increase members’ ability to teach and assess lifelong learning skills.

Information Literacy Standards

The "Information literacy competency standards for higher education" provide a framework for assessing an individual’s information literacy skills. Using the broad framework as a guide, ACRL is collaborating with subject specialists to develop information literacy standards specific to subject disciplines. The Music Library Association worked with the standards developed by ACRL to create standards specifically for music. Discipline-specific guidelines are also being developed by ACRL’s Anthropology and Sociology Section, Law and Political Science Section, Literatures in English Section, and Science and Technology Section. There is worldwide interest is the information literacy competency standards and ACRL is seeking to translate the standards into other languages. The standards are currently posted on the ACRL website in English, Spanish, Greek, French, and German. A Chinese translation is now underway, and a Japanese translation is ready for review.

Institute for Information Literacy logo

Institute for Information Literacy

To help librarians and institutions develop and implement information literacy programs on their campuses, ACRL’s Institute for Information Literacy offered both a regional and national Immersion Program in 2004–05. These four-and-a-half day programs provided two tracks of intensive training and education. The Teacher Track focused on individual development for librarians interested in enhancing or extending their individual instruction skills, while the Program Track focused on developing, integrating, or managing campus-wide and programmatic information literacy programs. In 2006 a new immersion program will be offered for experienced instruction librarians who want to improve their teaching, gain knowledge of supporting resources, and become more self-aware and self-directed as teachers.


ACRL is working to support and develop new scholarly communication models; play a leadership role in promoting research and publication in academic and research librarianship, thereby creating and disseminating tools and a body of knowledge for the field; and strengthen ACRL’s relationships with learned societies.

Scholarly Communication

ACRL has been a key voice in the national effort to support the National Institute of Health’s (NIH) initiative to recommend that all NIH-funded researchers deposit the post-publishing version of their articles in PubMed Central. The new policy also calls on scientists to release to the public manuscripts from research supported by NIH as soon as possible, and within 12 months of final publication. ACRL joined forces with broad-based groups, including patient’s rights advocates, to influence this action. With these groups, ACRL wrote and made public letters to the NIH chair regarding the policy change.

Standards and Guidelines

The development and dissemination of standards and guidelines for all areas of academic and research librarianship is a core service ACRL provides to the profession. Our members look to ACRL for these standards and see them as a key contribution to the profession. Standards and guidelines revised, approved and published this year include, "Guidelines for borrowing and lending special collections materials for exhibition," "Guidelines for university library services to undergraduate students," and "Guidelines for the appointment, promotion and tenure of academic librarians."

Relationships with Learned Societies

Members of ACRL sections, which are organized around subject disciplines and types of library, act as important liaisons to the higher education community through connecting with and serving faculty. This year, as in other years, ACRL members presented papers at a number of learned societies, including the American Political Science Association Conference on Teaching and Learning in Political Science, International Association of Blacks in Dance, Music Library Association, Association for the Study of African American Life and History, the National Council for Black Studies, and the Modern Languages Association. This grassroots approach to developing relationships, while slow, builds credibility and relationships one person at a time. Such relations often lead to increased collaboration across organizations.

ACRL received a $93,106 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to explore the cultural missions of museums, libraries, and archives, and to foster greater communication and collaboration among them through the 46th Annual RBMS Preconference, June 20-23, 2006. The preconference is titled, "Libraries, Archives, and Museums in the Twenty-First Century: Intersecting Missions, Converging Futures?" and the American Association of Museums will contribute to the development of the program.


In support of its advocacy goal, ACRL aims to increase its communication on major trends and issues in libraries and increase its influence in public policy affecting higher education. ACRL’s work this year in the scholarly communication arena has helped us to meet these objectives.

Scholarly Communication

ACRL advocated for new models of scholarly communication in several public arenas this year, including the National Institute of Health and the Research Councils’ in the United Kingdom.

Scholarly Communications toolkitACRL launched its new Scholarly Communication Toolkit on its website in March ( The toolkit is designed to support advocacy efforts that work toward changing the scholarly communication system and to provide information on scholarly communication issues for librarians, faculty, academic administrators, and other campus stakeholders.

ACRL hired Kara Malenfant as its scholarly communications/government relations specialist. Kara will work closely with the ALA Washington Office, CNI, SPARC, ARL, and other higher education organizations and public policy groups.

The profession

Continuous learning, leadership, and information technology define ACRL’s strategic goal area of the profession.

Continuous Learning

Continuous learning is important to every individual, and ACRL has initiatives to increase professional development opportunities focused in the areas of advocating the value of the library and information technology. ACRL is working to provide cutting-edge content and delivery formats for programs and publications.

ACRL promotes continuous learning through preconferences, workshops, and eLearning

Workshops @ Midwinter Meeting

Due to their popularity, ACRL offered workshops prior to the ALA Midwinter Meeting for the fourth time. These workshops continue to be well-received, with a total of 258 individuals attending sessions in Boston:

  • Getting Teacher/Faculty for Information Literacy: New Practical Approaches
  • Library Assessment in Higher Education: Applying the New ACRL Standards
  • Reinventing Libraries for the 21st Century: A Visioning Workshop
  • Statistics For Librarians

Preconferences @ Annual Conference

ACRL preconferences, held in conjunction with the ALA Annual Conference, continue to provide academic and research librarians with tips, tools, and new ways of thinking. Three preconferences were held before the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, with 452 individuals participating:

  • 46th Annual Rare Books and Manuscripts Preconference, Bridging the Gap: Education & Special Collections
  • Instruction Section Preconference: Instructional Design: Tools, Techniques, and Strategies
  • Learning Spaces: Collaborations and New Opportunities

e-Learning Seminars and Webcasts

ACRL continues to offer its three-week online seminars. Delivered through WebCT, online seminars provide participants with a dynamic and flexible approach to continuing education. Offerings in 2004-05 were:

  • All Users Are Local: Bringing the Library Next Door to the Campus Worldwide
  • Assessing Student Learning Outcomes
  • Creating a Comprehensive Plan for Information Literacy (new in fiscal 2005)
  • Current Copyright Issues Facing Academic Librarians (new in fiscal 2005)
  • Electronic Collection Development for the Academic E-Library

The association also began offering one-shot Webcasts over the summer, using the technology implemented to deliver the ACRL National Conference. Webcasts presented were:

  • Designing Web Sites for Academic Libraries
  • Blogging in Academic Research Libraries

TLT Group Collaboration

ACRL continued to partner with TLT to explore areas of mutual interest and to offer online learning opportunities. This year ACRL and TLT jointly offered:

  • Best Practices in Information Literacy in Undergraduate Education
  • How to Get Started with Information Literacy: Special Selection (new in fiscal 2005)
  • Information Literacy and Assessment
  • Effective Collaboration for Campus-wide Information Literacy
  • Information Literacy Across the Curriculum (new in fiscal 2005)

Continuing Education

ACRL hosted its most successful National Conference to date this year, which included its first ever Virtual Conference component of the National Conference (see the write-up in the "Highlights" section at the beginning of this report). ACRL also offered a varied slate of face-to-face professional development opportunities at the ALA Midwinter Meeting and Annual Conference, in addition to increasing its eLearning offerings. ACRL offered five WebCT-based online seminars and two Webcasts, as well as the popular Online Information Literacy Seminar Series, cosponsored with TLT Group (see chart on page 807 for a full listing of events).


ACRL published 11 new monographs in fiscal 2005, including The Changing Academic Library: Operations, Culture, Environments, Publications in Librarianship no. 56, by John M. Budd, a revision of Budd’s acclaimed 1998 book, The Academic Library: Its Context, Its Purpose, and Its Operation. ACRL 2004 Academic Library Trends and Statistics was published online and in print (as a three-volume set), and included five questions from the 2001 trends survey on information literacy, which have been repeated to provide an opportunity for longitudinal comparisons.

News coverAssociation members continue to receive College and Research Libraries News, ACRL’s news magazine and publication of record, and the scholarly journal, College and Research Libraries, as a perquisite of membership. Both serials are also available by subscription. ACRL also publishes RBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Cultural Heritage twice yearly, which is available through subscription.

College & Research Libraries continues to be rated the most prestigious journal by directors of ARL libraries according to a study published this year. A C&RL News reader’s survey was conducted in fall 2004, with 948 people participating. The magazine fared well, with 95 percent of participants rating its overall quality as good or excellent and 91 percent rating its importance as high or very high. C&RL News also debuted a new design with the January issue, which features a cleaner, more streamlined look and a more prominent table of contents.

Choice, ACRL’s book review journal, has been more than just a print magazine for some time, but has made deeper forays into the online environment in the past year. Considerable progress was made on the new version of, which is being developed in collaboration with Booklist, the ALA book review journal for public libraries. Together, Choice and Booklist are developing a common platform for a new version of Version 2.0 (CRO2) and Booklist’s first ever-online product, Booklist.Online (BOL). This new state-of-the art platform will enable Choice and Booklist to offer separate, customizable, online products to their subscribers and to provide their subscribers with access to each other’s content, plus content from selected third parties. The target launch date for CRO2 is now the 2nd quarter of 2006.

As highlighted at the beginning of this report, Choice has also entered into a partnership with R. R. Bowker to copublish Resources for College Libraries, an online successor to Books for College Libraries, which was last published in 1988.

ACRL Publications

New monographs in 2004-05

  • Digital Resources and Librarians: Case Studies in Innovation, Invention, and Implementation, edited by Patricia Libutti
  • The Literature of Chemistry (a selection guide), by Judith Douville
  • Community College Instruction Web Pages, CJCLS Guide #5, compiled by Marcia Suter and Elizabeth Burns
  • Special Collections in College and University Libraries,CLIP Note #35, compiled by Elizabeth Sudduth, Nancy Newins, and William Sudduth
  • Currents and Convergence, Navigating the Rivers of Change: Proceedings of the ACRL 12th National Conference
  • The Changing Academic Library: Operations, Culture, Environments, Publications in Librarianship no. 56, John M. Budd
  • Colleges, Code, and Copyright: The Impact of Digital Networks and Technological Controls on Copyright and the Dissemination of Information in Higher Education, Publications in Librarianship no. 57, Conference Proceedings, Center for Intellectual Property and Copyright, University of Maryland
  • Centers for Learning: Writing Centers and Libraries in Collaboration, Publications in Librarianship no. 58, edited by James K. Elmborg and Sheril Hook
  • Migrations in Society, Culture and the Library, WESS European Conference Proceedings, Paris, 2004, edited by Tom Kilton and Ceres Birkhead
  • Directory of Historical Textbook and Curriculum Collections, Ad hoc Historical Textbook and Curriculum Collections Directory Committee, EBSS
  • ACRL 2004 Academic Library Trends and Statistics (3 volumes), Library Research Center, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, compiler

ACRL magazines and journals

  • Choice magazine—Book review journal of ACRL, includes special editorial features and reviews; 11 issues plus one special issue per year
  • College & Research Libraries—Official scholarly journal of ACRL; six bimonthly issues per year
  • College & Research Libraries News—Official news magazine of ACRL; 11 issues per year (July/August combined)
  • RBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Cultural Heritage—A journal of theory and practice covering all aspects of special collections librarianship; two issues per year

Additional Choice products

  • Choice Reviews on Cards—Choice reviews, and just the reviews, on cards; 11 issues per year
  • Password Edition—The Web-version of Choice with access controlled by passwords; provides 24/7 access to more than 110,000 reviews and customized e-mail bulletin; updated monthly (
  • Site License Edition—The Web-version of Choice with access controlled by IP range; provides 24/7 access to more than 110,000 reviews; updated monthly


To broadly support continuous learning and increase the participation of new and/or minority librarians, ACRL provided nearly $70,000 in scholarships during the 2005 fiscal year. Ninety-four scholarships were offered to the ACRL National Conference, increasing the accessibility of the learning opportunity for new librarians, library school students, preconference attendees, Spectrum scholars, library support staff, and international members. Eight individuals received funding to participate in the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section Preconference. Eleven individuals received scholarships for the Institute for Information Literacy National Immersion Program. A new scholarship was created for the ACRL/Harvard Leadership Institute, and two individuals from Historically Black Colleges and Universities received complimentary tuition to the 2005 Institute.

A major portion of the IMLS grant received for the RBMS preconference (discussed in "Relationships with learned societies," see page 805) will be used to provide 30 scholarships to the preconference. Scholarships will be available on a competitive basis to new and aspiring library, archives, and museum professionals, especially those from professionally underrepresented backgrounds.


ACRL seeks to empower members to communicate the value of their contributions to learning and scholarship and to increase recognition of the value of libraries and librarians by leaders in higher education, information technology, funding agencies, and campus decision-making.


Through its awards program, which recognizes the achievements of academic and research librarians and libraries, ACRL provides a platform for librarians to bring notice of their work to their broader communities. Since 1923, the ACRL Awards Program has recognized and honored the professional contributions and achievements of academic and research libraries and librarians. This special recognition by ACRL enhances the sense of personal growth and accomplishment of its members, provides its membership with role models, and strengthens the image of the membership in the eyes of employers, leadership, and the academic community as a whole.

Award adIn 2005, 25 outstanding individuals and institutions received ACRL awards recognizing their accomplishments. ACRL’s top honor, the Academic/Research Librarian of the Year Award was presented to Ravindra Nath (R.N.) Sharma, director of the university library at West Virginia State University, for his unequaled contributions to the field of international librarianship.

ACRL’s Excellence in Academic Libraries Award recognizes the staff of a community college, a college, and a university library for exemplary programs that deliver outstanding services and resources to further the educational mission of their institution. This year’s recipients were Pierce College in the community college category, Mt. Holyoke College in the college category, and the University of Virginia in the university category. The award, sponsored by ACRL and Blackwell’s Book Services, includes a presentation ceremony on the campus of the award-winning library. New this year, ACRL presented the Best Practices in Marketing Academic and Research Libraries @ your library Awards at the ACRL 12th National Conference in Minneapolis. Sponsored by the ACRL Marketing Academic and Research Libraries (MARL) Committee and funded through the ACRL Friends, the award recognized academic/research libraries that demonstrated an outstanding best practices marketing program. A $2,000 award was presented to American University for first place, and a $1,000 award was given to Illinois State University for second place.

A Special Presidential Recognition award was presented to Choice founding editor, Richard Gardner, during the ALA Annual Conference. Gardner’s award cited "the excellence of his exemplary service and the transformational impact of his distinguished career on the field of academic librarianship and ACRL."

ACRL Award Winners 2005

  • Academic/Research Librarian of the Year (Donor: YBP Library Services) Ravindra Nath (R.N.) Sharma, West Virginia State University
  • DLS Distance Learning Librarian Conference Sponsorship Award (Donor: Haworth Press, Inc.) Martha Kreszock, Appalachian State University
  • Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award (Donor: ACRL, ALCTS, LAMA, LITA) Paul M. Gherman, Vanderbilt University
  • Best Practices in Marketing @ your library Award

    First Place: American University; Second Place: Illinois State University
  • Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship (Donor: Thomson Scientific) Susan Ward Aber, Emporia State University
  • Excellence in Academic Libraries (Donor: Blackwell’s Book Services) Community College: Pierce College; College: Mount Holyoke College; University: University of Virginia
  • Samuel Lazerow Fellowship (Donor: Thomson Scientific) Kristin R. Eschenfelder, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • CJCLS Awards (Donor: EBSCO Information Services)

    Learning Resources/Leadership Award: Susan M. Maltese, Oakton Community College Library

    Program Achievement Award: Kate Connell and Suzanne Lo, both of the City College of San Francisco

    Coutts Nijhoff International West European Specialist Study Grant (Donor: Coutts Nijhoff International) Charlene Kellsey, University of Colorado
  • EBSS Distinguished Education and Behavior Sciences Librarian (Donor: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.) Kate Corby, Michigan State University
  • IS Awards

    Miriam Dudley Award
    (Donor: Elsevier Science): Ilene F. Rockman, Manager of the Information Competence Initiative at California State University’s Office of the Chancellor

    IS Innovation Award (Donor: LexisNexis): The Library Prize for Undergraduate Research at the University of California-Berkeley

    Publication Award: Trudi E. Jacobson, University at Albany, and Lijuan Xu, Lafayette College, for their book, Motivating Students in Information Literacy Classes
  • LPSS Marta Lange/CQ Award (Donor: CQ Press) Merle J. Slyhoff, University of Pennsylvania
  • RBMS/Leab Exhibition Catalogue Awards (Donor: Katharine Kyes and Daniel J. Leab Endowment)

    category 1 (Expensive): "Holding In, Holding On: Artist’s Books by Martha A. Hall," by Martha Hall and Martin Antonetti, and submitted by the Mortimer Rare Book Room at Smith College

    category 2 (Moderately Expensive): Huntington Library, Huntington Library Press for their piece entitled "Objects of American Art Education: Highlights from the Diana Korzenik Collection," by Diana Korzenik

    category 3 (Inexpensive): "Commentary: An Exhibition of Artwork by Sylvia Ptak," by Sylvia Ptak and Kyo Maclear, and submitted by the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library at the University of Toronto

    category 4 (Brochures): Vassar College’s brochure entitled "Uncle Tom’s Cabin’ in Print: The Collection of Mary C. Schlosser," by Mary Schlosser, Ronald Patkus, and Joyce Bickerstaff

    category 5 (Electronic exhibitions): The Center for Renaissance Studies at the Newberry Library for "Elizabeth I: Ruler and Legend,"
  • WSS Achievement in Women’s Studies Librarianship Awards

    Career Achievement
    (Donor: Greenwood Publishing Group): Ellen J. Broidy, University of California-Los Angeles

    Significant Achievement (Donor: Routledge): Cindy Ingold, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and Linda Krikos, Ohio State University

ACRL/Harvard Leadership Institute

Another very successful ACRL/Harvard Leadership Institute was held in Cambridge, Massachusetts, August 7–12, 2005. The institute sold out with 95 registrants. Harvard Institutes for Higher Education faculty gave special attention to issues such as: leadership, organizational strategy, transformational learning, and planning. The 2006 ACRL/Harvard Leadership Institute will be held August 6-11, 2006.

Information Technology

ACRL offered a number of programs designed to help academic and research librarians be leaders in using information technologies to create and manage resources and to deliver library and information services. ACRL offered an opportunity for Google representatives and librarians to exchange information and viewpoints during the ACRL National Conference this year.

ACRL also offered a variety of programs on technology-related issues, including eLearning on topics such as designing effective Web sites, blogging in academic libraries, and electronic collection development.

The association

To thrive as an association ACRL must continue to grow its membership and maintain its financial stability. ACRL strives to retain and build on its core membership, while recruiting from new and diverse communities. ACRL must have the fiscal resources, staff expertise, and organizational structure to advance the association’s strategic plan.


ACRL’s membership growth depends on retaining core membership while recruiting from new and diverse communities. As of August 31, 2005, ACRL membership increased 7.6 percent over FY 2003–04 (up from 12,190 to 13,118, an all-time high).

ACRL Membership Statistics

ACRL Sections



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Providing connections

ACRL implemented the first phase of market research to define and clarify the benefits of ACRL membership. Focus groups were conducted at the ACRL National Conference with new members, scholarship winners, members new to the profession as well as vendors. Participants spoke to the value of ACRL membership in their professional lives and identified areas where additional advocacy efforts are needed. In-depth member research conducted this past fall showed that ACRL provides the connections that members need, both virtually and face-to-face. ACRL sections provide 17 unique communities that nurture individual development and foster a deeper connection to the profession. This year, the College Libraries Section developed a new mentoring program, Your Research Coach, to match experienced researchers with those who are trying to get started. Education and Behavioral Social Sciences Section created five new committees to attract new members to volunteer committee service. Several sections also offer mentoring programs, including Literatures in English Section, Rare Books and Manuscripts Section, and Science and Technology Section. Sections hosted 12 special events (tours, dinners, cruises, social hours) at ALA’s Midwinter Meeting and Annual Conference to create community among new and continuing members.


ACRL seeks to acquire the fiscal resources, staff expertise, and organizational structure necessary to advance the association’s strategic plan. In recognition of the need to provide stable revenue streams to support the initiatives of the association, the Board looked at increasing and diversifying fiscal assets. This year the Board authorized a vote on a dues increase as well as authorizes the spending of the interest on ACRL’s long-term investment to support strategic initiatives. Members were urged to continue to support the Friends of ACRL program.

Dues Increase

Although the "cost of doing business" has risen steadily over the past 15 years, ACRL had not asked for a member dues increase since 1989. Changing economic conditions led the Board to ask the membership to support a dues increase. The vote by the membership on the dues increase passed by a margin of 2 to 1 indicating strong support for the association’s programs and activities. Effective September 1, 2005, ACRL personal membership dues will rise by $20 over a two-year period to a total of $55. Membership dues for students and retirees will be $35. The dues increase helps ACRL meet its goal of sustainability and strongly signals the value the membership places on ACRL’s professional development offerings, advocacy, publications, networking, and leadership opportunities.

Committee Structure

The ACRL Board worked hard this year to align ACRL’s current structure with the vision and goals of its new strategic plan. At the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, the Board took a number of actions related to ACRL’s structure. These actions are intended to coordinate the work of units throughout the organization, enhance communication, better align the work of ACRL’s units with the strategic plan, and allow the organization to conduct work more quickly and effectively. One such change to the association’s structure is to link committees that have similar or related missions under the umbrella of a coordinating committee. Coordinating committees were created for professional development, publications, and advocacy. Committees falling under the umbrella of a new coordinating committee will be scheduled to meet at the same time in a large room to foster collaboration. The Board also expanded the charge of and renamed the Nominating Committee to the "Leadership Recruitment and Nomination Committee." This change creates an open call for nominations to the ACRL Board.

Aligning ACRL with its strategic plan

The Board also introduced an annual environmental scanning process and strategic work plan calendar. These new procedures are designed to ensure that ACRL activities stay strategically sound and responsive to environmental changes as well as gives every unit of ACRL the opportunity to articulate what it plans to accomplish to support the strategic plan and what resources might be needed. These action plans, reviewed by the Board, then form the basis of the development of the next annual budget. Through these changes the Board hopes to align its resources and programs with those requested by the membership during the strategic planning process.

ACRL Staff

New this year to the ACRL staff are Elliot Mandel, administrative assistant to David Connolly, and Kara Malenfant, scholarly communications/government relations specialist. A full listing of the ACRL staff appears here.

ACRL Sponsorships for 2005

ACRL expresses its sincere appreciation to the following sponsors for their generous donations to the various programs and events we have offered throughout the year. Thanks to your corporate support, ACRL members benefitted from enhanced programs and services this year.


Summa Cum Laude

3M Library Systems

EBSCO Information Services


Cum Laude


Swets Information Services

Thomson Scientific

Mortar Board

Blackwell’s Book Services

Dynix Corporation


Dean’s List


Coutts Nijhoff International

Endeavor Information Systems

Innovative Interfaces


YBP Library Services

Honor Roll

Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America

Casalini Libri

Columbia University Libraries

CQ Press


Docutek Information Systems

Duke University Libraries

Greenwood Publishing Group

H.W. Wilson Foundation

The Haworth Press

Heckman Bindery

Howard University Libraries

John Wiley & Sons

Johns Hopkins University Libraries

Library Design Systems

Online Computer Library Center (OCLC)

ReferenceUSA, a division of infoUSA


Rutgers University Libraries

Safari Books Online

Sirsi Corporation

University of Cincinnati Libraries

University of Colorado Libraries

University of Kansas Libraries

University of Maryland-College Park Libraries

University of Minnesota Libraries

University of New Mexico Libraies

University of Pittsburgh Libraries

University of San Francisco Libraries

University of Southern California Libraries

University of Washington Libraries

Wayne State University Libraries


Appalachian State University-C.G. Belk Library

Auburn University Libraries

Aux Amateurs de Livres International

Belser Wissenschaftlicher Dienst

Between the Covers

Bolerium Books

Brick Row Book Shop

Bruce McKittrick Rare Books

Bucknell University Library

Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminars

Colorado State University Libraries

Connecticut College-Charles E. Shain Library

Conservation Resources International

David M. Lesser Fine Antiquarian Books

Denison University Libraries

Duquesne University-Gumberg Library

East View Information Services

Emory University Libraries

Etherington Conservation Services

Florida Atlantic University Libraries

Franklin and Marshall College Libraries

Grinnell College Libraries

Heritage Book Shop

IImage Retrieval

Iowa State University Library

Jean Touzot Libraire-Editeur

Kansas State University Libraries

Kean University Library

Liber Antiquus, Early Imprinted Books

M. Moleiro Editor

Marilyn Braiterman Rare Books

Marquette University Libraries

Massachusetts Institute of Technology Libraries

Metal Edge

Michael R. Thompson, Booksellers

Midwest Library Services

Nahanni Productions

Northern Micrographics

Northern State University - Williams Library

Otto Harrassowitz

Pennsylvania State University Libraries

The Philadelphia Rare Books and Manuscripts Company

Philadelphia University Library

Praxess Associates

Puvill Libros

Queens College-Rosenthal Library

Safe Sound Archive

Schoyer’s Books

South Dakota State University-Hilton M. Briggs Library

Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville Library

St. Cloud State University

Swann Galleries

Taylor & Francis Publishing Services


TechBooks Information Publishing Group

Texas Christian University-Mary Couts Burnett Library

Thomas A. Goldwasser Rare Books

Tulane University Libraries

University of Arkansas Libraries

University of Connecticut Libraries

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

University of Louisville Libraries

University of Memphis Libraries

University of North Carolina at Greensboro Library

University of Wisconsin-Madison General Library System

University of Wyoming Libraries

Wesleyan University Libraries

Wheaton College Libraries

William Reese Company

ACRL Board of Directors, 2004–05

ACRL Board

ACRL Board 2004–05 (l to r): (back) Mary Ellen K. Davis, Nancy H. Allen, Rita Jones, Pamela Snelson, Dorothy Ann Washington, Susan M. Allen, W. Bede Mitchell, Patricia A. Kreitz, Lynne King; (front) Elaine K. Didier, Camila Alire, Frances J. Maloy, Tyrone H. Cannon. Not shown: Lori A. Goetsch.

ACRL Board of Directors, 2004–05


Frances J. Maloy, Emory University


Camila A. Alire, University of New Mexico


Tyrone H. Cannon, University of San Francisco

Budget & Finance Committee Chair

Susan M. Allen, The Getty Research Institute

ACRL Councilor

Elaine K. Didier, Gerald R. Ford Library and Museum


Nancy H. Allen, University of Denver

Lori A. Goetsch, Kansas State University

Rita Williams Jones, City College of San Francisco

Lynne O. King, Schenectady County Community College

Patricia A. Kreitz, Stanford Linear Accelerator Center

W. Bede Mitchell, Georgia Southern University

Pamela Snelson, Franklin and Marshall College

Dorothy Ann Washington, Purdue University

Executive Director (Ex-officio)

Mary Ellen K. Davis, ACRL/ALA

Financial Report

Susan AllenSusan Allen

Budget and Finance Committee Chair

Fiscal year 2004–05 was a record-breaking National Conference year for ACRL, and Choice revenues set a new record, as well. Even though it was a National Conference year, the budget planned for 2004–2005 was conservative and was expected to be negative by about $230,000. Happily, a drop in National Conference registrations that was feared due to cuts in professional development funds on campuses across the country did not materialize, and registrations, exhibit sales, and fundraising all set new records. The National Conference netted about $625,000 (after factoring in FY04 planning expenses) placing ACRL soundly in the black. (However, as I step down as chair of the ACRL Budget & Finance Committee, I would like to suggest that the committee continue to recommend conservative budgets in National Conference years in order to be prepared for any chance setbacks that may be the result of situations, like SARS in Toronto or Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.)

Choice also had a banner year with an excess of revenues over expenses for the fiscal year, and its Ending Operating Balance was $1,770,194. Choice set a record with revenues reaching $2,743,299. This was $231,599, or 9.2 percent, more than budget and $226,328, or 9.0 percent, more than last year. Expenses were up 4.4 percent from last year. Overall, Choice 2005 net revenues were $386,896. This is one of Choice’s best performances!

2004–2005 Operating Budget Highlights

ACRL operating revenues of $1,818,000 (excluding the National Conference and Choice) were $184,508 more than budgeted revenues. This is about 2.15 percent more than last year. Total ACRL expenses (excluding the National Conference and Choice) were $1,724,634, which was about 16.7 percent less than budgeted, and about 7.4 percent less than last year. The net ACRL revenues (excluding the National Conference and Choice) were $93,366. With the National Conference, but excluding Choice, the net was $841,209. The ending Operating Reserve Fund balance as of August 31 was $2,659,626. This leaves the organization in a strong position to plan for the next National Conference and to offset any losses in preconference registrations, etc. due to a drop in attendance at the ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans. Both ACRL and Choice ended FY05 in much better positions than budgeted.

The outstanding year Choice had can be attributed to subscription revenues being up by approximately 6.1 percent over what was budgeted and expenses growing at a more modest rate. Electronic subscription revenues were 18.6 percent better than last year, and even print subscriptions revenue grew, but at the lower rate of 3.4 percent. Licensing revenues grew by almost 30 percent over last year.

ACRL Asset Management

In FY2005 the ACRL general endowment (Long-Term Investment Fund) earned net interest of $30,154. As a result of action taken by the ACRL Board in 2004, this was the first fiscal year in which this interest was spent to support association strategic planning initiatives, rather than reinvested in the principal. The net interest funded $26,655 in expenses.

2005-2006 ACRL Budget

The 2005–06 ACRL and Choice budgets, recommended by the Budget and Finance Committee, were approved at the 2005 ALA Annual Conference. As in FY05, the ACRL budget (excluding Choice) is projected to have a deficit. Revenues have been budgeted at $1,853,923 and include the first stage of the dues increase approved by members in Spring 2005. Expenses have been budgeted at $2,379,833. Therefore, the association will draw down its Operating Reserve Balance by about $500,000 to fund programmatic needs identified through the strategic planning process. While FY2005-06 is a non-National Conference year, there will still be costs associated with the planning process for the 2007 National Conference in Baltimore. These costs are included in the expense side of the budget without any income to offset them.

Choice projects net revenues of approximately $110,000 in FY06 in spite of high product development expenditures anticipated for two spin-off products (ChoiceReviews.onlinePlus and Personal Edition) and development work on Resources for College Libraries.


I would like to publicly acknowledge and thank all of the members of the 2004–2005 ACRL Budget and Finance Committee for their efforts on behalf of ACRL. Each one of them gave a great deal of time at both the ALA Midwinter Meeting and Annual Conferences to review the budgeted and actual revenues and expenses of the association in order to knowledgeably advise the ACRL Board on fiscal matters. Committee members were: Nicholas C. Burckel, Lynn K. Chmelir, Susan M. Kroll, Michael LaCroix, Daniel R. Lee, Virginia Dowsing Toliver, Melissa D. Trevvett, Sandra Yee, Kathryn Chilson O’Gorman (intern), and Suzy Taraba (intern); ex-officio members were ACRL Vice-President/President-Elect Camila A. Alire, and ACRL Executive Director, Mary Ellen K. Davis. I also wish to thank the ACRL staff for their care in preparing budget documents and financial statements, and, in general, providing excellent support to the work of the committee. Special thanks goes to David Connolly, program officer, for so ably providing staff support to the ACRL Budget & Finance Committee and its chair.

Executive Summary

Sources of Revenue




Operating Reserve Fund




Long-Term Investment Fund




Choice Operating Reserve Fund




Choice Long-Term Investment Fund








ACRL LTI Fund Net Interest

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Other (e.g., standards)












Section Newsletters




Special Events

















C&RL News








Nonperiodical Publications




Library Statistics









Regional Institutes




National Conference (2005, 2007)




Pre-Conferences & Workshops













Friends of ACRL-Restricted




Friends of ACRL-Operating








Choice Revenue








National Conference Revenue




Total Rev. W/O National Conference




Note: Actual numbers shown are rounded from two decimal places. Therefore, subtotals may not precisely represent column totals due to rounding.






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Exec. Comm. & Board








Standards Distribution




Discussion Groups




















Section Newsletters




C&RL Over Revenue




C&RL News Over Revenue




Liaisons to Higher Ed. Organizations




Special Events




Information Literacy




Scholarly Communications




Promotion and Advocacy




Government Relations













Friends of ACRL-Operating




Friends of ACRL-Restricted




ACRL LTI Interest Funded Board Initiatives

















C&RL News








Nonperiodical Publications




Library Statistics









Regional Institutes




National Conference (2005, 2007)




Pre-Conferences & Workshops
























Net W/O Choice




Choice Net




Added to Choice LTI Fund




Choice Ending Operating Balance




Added to ACRL LTI Fund




Ending ACRL Oper. Reserve Bal.




Mandated Operating Reserve