Advocacy & Issues

Learn more about ACRL's advocacy initiatives and involvement in issues related to libraries and library workers in higher education.

Through its strategic vision outlined in the Association's Plan for Excellence, ACRL leads academic and research librarians and libraries in advancing learning and transforming scholarship. The strengths and capacities of ACRL have enabled the association to sustain exemplary programs and results for its members and to shape policies and practices of vital interest to higher education.


ACRL Legislative Agenda

Count on us for legislative actions at the national level on issues that affect the welfare of libraries.

Read our Legislative Agenda

Goal Areas

ACRL is dedicated to creating diverse and inclusive communities in the Association and in academic and research libraries.

ACRL is committed to supporting academic and research libraries accelerate the transition to more open and equitable systems of scholarship through advocacy, education, and resource sharing.

ACRL works to empower libraries to build sustainable, equitable, inclusive, and responsive information literacy programs, and to collaborate with internal and external partners to expand understanding of the impact of literacy on student learning.

ACRL's VAL initiative seeks to support academic libraries in demonstrating alignment with and impact on institutional outcomes through clear and measurable ways, and to promote that impact to the larger higher education community.

ACRL's New Roles and Changing Landscapes goal area aims to aid the academic and research library workforce in effectively fostering change in academic libraries and higher education environments.

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White Papers and Reports

ACRL and ALA units occasionally produce white papers, position statements, and reports, which are freely available online.


Check out some examples of ACRL's participation in activities geared towards creating change.

Find out how to become an ACRL Legislative Advocate and more about the work of ACRL's Government Relations Committee.

These activities bring library resources and services to the attention of non-library associations and higher education issues of other associations to the attention of ACRL.