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Academic Library Friends: A Toolkit for Getting Started – You Can Do This! (PDF, 165 kb) by Charles D. Hanson, Director of Kettering Library Services, Kettering University, is a free toolkit from United for Libraries geared toward starting a Friends group at a community college or university. Includes a list of the top 10 reasons why an academic library may want to start a Friends group. More resources are available at

This toolkit provides resources for helping K12 and higher education connect, collaborate, and articulate information literacy competencies. Advocacy Toolkit—The Power of Personal Persuasion (PDF)
Frontline librarians and library workers need the tools to develop their personal powers of persuasion to advance the agenda of the academic library. This publication provides basic content on persuasion, techniques for persuading others, applications of persuasion techniques for libraries and recommended processes and examples for persuading others within higher education environments.

Diversity Standards Toolkit
Guidelines for implementing ACRL's Diversity Standards for Academic Libraries.

Framework for Information Literacy Toolkit
The Framework Toolkit is a freely available professional development resource that can be used and adapted by both individuals and groups in order to foster understanding and use of the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education.

Student Learning and Information Literacy LibGuide
Maintained by the Student Learning & Information Literacy Committee, these resources will help you advocate for, develop, and apply information literacy programming, to enhance teaching, learning, and research in the higher education community.

Marketing the Academic Library
Information on the Academic and Research Library campaign, including a toolkit to get you started; examples of ACRL's advertisements designed to promote the importance of librarians in teaching and research with graphics you can use to create your own ads; and more.

Scholarly Communication Toolkit
An ACRL toolkit 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.

Value of Academic Libraries Toolkit (October 2010)
This Toolkit complements Value of Academic Libraries: A Comprehensive Research Review and Report by Dr. Megan Oakleaf. The Toolkit provides academic librarians access to articles, web sites, best practices, and assessment tools in one convenient location on the ACRL web site. An important component to the Toolkit is access to documents and samples (statistics, newsletters, reports, etc.) that libraries have employed as part of an intentional strategy to demonstrate value to their college or university communities.