Value of Academic Libraries


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.

VAL Projects

The Academic Library Advocacy Toolkit is a curated collection of resources that can help equip academic library administrators and library professionals with the resources they need to advocate for the value, roles, and contributions of academic libraries

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

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.

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.

More Resources

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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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.