For immediate release | June 3, 2020

Project Outcome for Academic Libraries: A Year in the Field

CHICAGO - The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) launched Project Outcome for Academic Libraries in spring 2019. A year later, we are pleased to announce the publication of a report on its development and first year of use in the field.

Project Outcome for Academic Libraries is a free online toolkit designed to help academic libraries assess and communicate the impact of essential library programs and services. Based on the model developed by the Public Library Association (PLA), Project Outcome provides simple surveys and tools to measure and analyze outcomes, including interactive data dashboards.

The annual report outlines the work of ACRL and its members to develop and promote the toolkit. It brings together aggregate data to show how academic libraries have applied Project Outcome data to make improvements and engage in advocacy.

“Project Outcome is a great tool for making outcomes-based assessment and peer benchmarking accessible to many libraries,” says Tiffany Garrett, chair of the Project Outcome for Academic Libraries Editorial Board. “This report shows the varied ways libraries have used the tool locally and how the evidence can help them make the case for their value. The editorial board looks forward to continuing this work in the coming year.”

Project Outcome for Academic Libraries is free for academic and research librarians, as well as library school students, in the United States and internationally. Visit the Project Outcome for Academic Libraries website for more information or to register.

Learn More

Download a free copy of the report here.

Join the ACRL and PLA Project Outcome teams on Tuesday, June 16 at 1 p.m. Central for a free webinar where we will share the report findings and other updates. Register here.


The Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) is the higher education association for academic libraries and library workers. Representing nearly 10,000 individuals and libraries, ACRL (a division of the American Library Association) develops programs, products, and services to help those working in academic and research libraries learn, innovate, and lead within the academic community. Founded in 1940, ACRL is committed to advancing learning, transforming scholarship, and creating diverse and inclusive communities. Find ACRL on the web, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.


Sara Goek

Program Manager