Value of Academic Libraries

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Change across all facets of society—including demographic, technological, and economic change—has the potential to greatly impact higher education and the academic library. As we move further into the 21st century, it is important to pay attention to the surrounding trends to inform our thinking about where institutions of higher education and their libraries are headed.

 

COVID-19 Protocols in Academic Libraries in Canada and the United States 

To better understand measures taken by academic libraries in Canada and the United States, ACRL's Value of Academic Libraries (VAL) Committee formed a subcommittee to examine how academic libraries adjusted and provided services to their respective institutions during COVID-19 pandemic. This report is the culmination of this examination.


ACRL Seeks New Assessment in Action and Standards for Libraries in Higher Education Workshop Facilitators

ACRL is accepting applications from prospective facilitators for two of its licensed workshops, “Assessment in Action: Demonstrating and Communicating Library Contributions to Student Learning and Success” and “Planning, Assessing, and Communicating Library Impact: Putting the Standards for Libraries in Higher Education into Action.” The application deadline has been extended to October 25.

Learn more and apply by October 25!

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VAL Spotlight Series: Practices of Equity & Social Justice

The VAL Spotlight Series on practices of equity and social justice features librarians from various corners of librarianship discussing what it means to integrate equity and social justice into our practice and assessment, as well as how they are working toward that goal.

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Putting the Standards for Libraries in Higher Education into Action Off-RoadShow

Libraries in higher education are increasingly required to demonstrate their value and document their contributions to overall institutional effectiveness. The Standards for Libraries in Higher Education is a framework for library planning and assessment that can be used for a variety of circumstances including annual planning, program review, and accreditation self-study.

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Initiatives and Learning Opportunities

Since 2009, ACRL has been working to determine how best to help members demonstrate the value of academic libraries to the academy. Learn more about our current initiatives and learning opportunities.
 

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Publications

Browse our selection of titles related to the Value of Academic Libraries.
 

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Additional Resources

Check out ACRL's other resources to help you stay informed and up to date on issues related to the Value of Academic Libraries.
 

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Project Outcome for Academic Libraries

Discover how Project Outcome for Academic Libraries can support your library through measuring learning outcomes.

Value of Academic Libraries Committee

The ACRL Value of Academic Libraries Committee oversees and coordinates ACRL's Value of Academic Libraries Initiative as described in the strategic plan; work with the ACRL Board and other ACRL units in creating a comprehensive effort including coalition building, professional development, publications, research, advocacy, and consultation services and in developing the ACRL Value website; and monitor and assess the effectiveness of the Value Initiative. Learn more about the Value of Academic Libraries Committee.