For immediate release | January 18, 2013

Applications now available for ACRL Assessment in Action learning community

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is seeking applications from all types of higher education institutions for 75 teams to participate in the first cohort of “Assessment in Action: Academic Libraries and Student Success (AiA),” made possible by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Librarians will each lead a campus team in developing and implementing an action learning project that examines the impact of the library on student success and contributes to assessment activities on campus. They will be supported in this work by a professional development program with sequenced learning events and activities at key junctures. The AiA program, part of ACRL’s Value of Academic Libraries initiative, employs a blended learning environment and a peer-to-peer network over the course of the 14-month long program, which runs from April 2013-June 2014.

In order to apply, each prospective institution must identify a team consisting of a librarian and at least two additional team members from other units (e.g., faculty member, student affairs representative, institutional researcher or academic administrator). The application requires two essays – the first describes the team’s project goals and the second describes the goals of the librarian team leader – and statements of support from the library dean/director and campus chief academic officer.

Read full details about participating in the first cohort and apply online by 5 p.m. Central, Friday, March 8. Learn more about the AiA program at the ALA Midwinter Meeting during the session Update on ACRL’s Value of Academic Libraries Initiative to be held from 1 - 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013, in Seattle.

Contact ACRL Senior Strategist for Special Initiatives Kara J. Malenfant at (312) 280-2510 or with questions or to receive more information.


ACRL is a division of the American Library Association (ALA), representing more than 11,500 academic and research librarians and interested individuals. ACRL is the only individual membership organization in North America that develops programs, products and services to meet the unique needs of academic and research librarians. Its initiatives enable the higher education community to understand the role that academic libraries play in the teaching, learning and research environments. ACRL is on the web at, Facebook at and Twitter at @ala_acrl.


David Free

Mktg & Comm. Specialist/Editor-in-Chief

Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL)

1-800-545-2433 ext.2517