Advocacy & Issues

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Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
ACRL is dedicated to creating diverse and inclusive communities in the Association and in academic and research libraries. This core commitment permeates the work of the Association, cutting across all ACRL sections, committees, interest and discussion groups, and communities of practice. The Association will acknowledge and address historical racial inequities; challenge oppressive systems within academic libraries; value different ways of knowing; and identify and work to eliminate barriers to equitable services, spaces, resources, and scholarship.

ACRL Speaks Out
Letters and amicus briefs supporting ACRL views on various issues.

Information Literacy/Student Learning
ACRL's information literacy and student learning Web site includes resources for using the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy in Higher Education, professional development opportunities, publications, and global perspectives on information literacy. ACRL's strategic plan, the Plan for Excellence, (effective July 1, 2011; revised November 2018) includes Student Learning with the goal of advancing equitable and inclusive pedagogical practices and environments for libraries to support student learning. The web site is designed 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 information literacy on student learning. 

Legislation & Policy (formerly Washington Watch)
Resources on legislation and policy at the national level affecting academic and research libraries.  Find out how to become an ACRL Legislative Advocate and more about the work of ACRL's Government Relations Committee.

Liaison Activities
ACRL's Liaisons Coordinating Committee carries out a program of in-depth liaison activities with targeted professional associations. ACRL's liaison activity brings to the attention of nonlibrary associations how library resources and services can contribute to their mission and goals and brings information and higher education issues of other associations to the attention of the ACRL Board and membership.

Marketing the Academic Library
Information on the Campaign for America's Libraries' Academic and Research Library Campaign, examples of ACRL's work to promote academic and research libraries, and ideas and resources to help you develop your own promotional materials.

The Role of the Community College Library in the Academy 
Position statements by community college librarians who are members of the National Council of Learning Resources, a council of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC).

Scholarly Communication
Scholarly communication resources and overview of the work of ACRL's Research and Scholarly Environment Committee. ACRL's strategic plan, the Plan for Excellence, (effective July 1, 2011; revised October 2016) set out three broad objectives for the next five years. The goal for the Research and Scholarly Environment is that, "Librarians accelerate the transition to more open and equitable systems of scholarship."

Value of Academic Libraries
Value of academic libraries resources and overview of the work of ACRL's Value of Academic Libraries Committee. ACRL's strategic plan, the Plan for Excellence, (effective July 1, 2011; revised October 2016) set out four broad objectives for the next five years. The goal for the Value of Academic Libraries is that "Academic libraries demonstrate alignment with and impact on institutional outcomes." Recognizing the sense of urgency around this issue, ACRL is working to help members to demonstrate their value in clear, measurable ways. In September 2012, ACRL was awarded a National Leadership Demonstration Grant of $249,330 by the Institute of Museum and Library Services for the three-year project "Assessment in Action: Academic Libraries and Student Success," undertaken in partnership with the Association for Institutional Research and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities. The grant will support the design, implementation, and evaluation of a program to strengthen the competencies of librarians in campus leadership and data-informed advocacy.

White Papers and Reports

Your donation to the ACRL Advancement Fund, which supports initiatives that strengthen ACRL’s influence in higher education and its ability to create diverse and inclusive communities in the association and the profession, assists us as we continuing to advocate for the professional and provide these important resources.