New from ACRL - “Everyday Evidence-Based Practice in Academic Libraries: Case Studies and Reflections”

For Immediate Release
Thu, 11/30/2023


Erin Nevius

Content Strategist


CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “Everyday Evidence-Based Practice in Academic Libraries: Case Studies and Reflections,” edited by Claire Walker Wiley, Amanda B. Click, and Meggan Houlihan. This new book collects excellent, thorough examples of evidence-based practice across functional areas of academic libraries and includes many evidence types in a variety of contexts.

Evidence-based practice (EBP) in academic librarianship is embedded in the way we approach our work. An EBP project might be a yearlong study with many types of evidence collected or a simple assessment that helps you make a small adjustment to your work. Large or small, EBP is a way of operating day-to-day. 

In "Everyday Evidence-Based Practice in Academic Libraries," five sections explore:

  • Understanding Users
  • Leadership and Management
  • Instruction and Outreach
  • Collections
  • Open Initiatives  

Chapters include studies on how to understand the experiences and needs of diverse student populations; interviewing faculty to build scholarly partnerships; evidence-based strategic planning; incorporating intersectionality in information literacy instruction; conducting a diversity audit; and assessing open educational resources initiatives. The conclusion calls for librarian reflection to be incorporated into evidence-based decision-making, as reflection is key to understanding the ways that a librarian chooses to embody librarianship.

"Everyday Evidence-Based Practice in Academic Libraries" offers high-quality evidence from a variety of perspectives and inspires a commitment to evidence-based practice in your day-to-day work and library culture. 

“Everyday Evidence-Based Practice in Academic Libraries: Case Studies and Reflections” is available for purchase in print and as an ebook through the ALA Online Store; in print through; and by telephone order at (866) 746-7252 in the United States or (770) 442-8633 for international customers. 


The Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) is the higher education association for academic libraries and library workers. Representing nearly 8,500 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 webFacebookTwitterInstagram, LinkedIn, Threads, and YouTube.