New ACRL Publication: 2013 Academic Library Trends and Statistics

ACRL announces the publication of 2013 Academic Library Trends and Statistics, the latest in a series of annual publications that describe the collections, staffing, expenditures and service activities of academic libraries in all Carnegie classifications. The three-volume set includes Associate of Arts institutions, Master’s Colleges and Universities/Baccalaureate Colleges and Research/Doctoral-granting Institutions. The individual volumes for Associates Colleges, Masters/Baccalaureate, and Doctoral-Granting institutions are also available for purchase.

The 2013 data show that library expenditures for collection materials averaged $6,305,337 for doctoral degree-granting institutions; $774,701 for comprehensive degree-granting institutions; $462,929 for baccalaureate schools and $144,062 for associate-degree granting institutions. The percentage of the collection materials budget spent on ongoing resources purchases (including subscription expenditures) averaged 68.7% of the total materials budget. On average, doctoral degree granting institutions spent 74.3% of their materials budgets on ongoing purchases in 2013; comprehensive schools spent an average of 75.4%; baccalaureate schools spent an average 70.6% and associate degree granting institutions spent an average of 54.8%.

In addition,  library expenditures for salaries and wages accounted for 55.4% of the total expenditures on average. Salaries and wages constituted 74.1% of total library expenditures for associate-degree granting institutions, 51.4% for baccalaureate, 52.3% for comprehensive schools, and 43.8% for doctoral/research institutions.

Of the libraries surveyed, 15.5% expect library space usage to increase significantly with 27.4% of doctoral/research institutions forecasting a significant increase.  Of the libraries surveyed, 37% expect library space usage to increase somewhat. In the past three years, 62.6% of the libraries surveyed reported repurposing space. Space was most often repurposed for group study, student success areas (writing/tutoring centers), quiet study space, technology learning spaces, and more seating. Doctoral/research institutions undertook the most renovations (79.5%) followed by baccalaureate schools (60.8%), comprehensive schools (65.1%) and associate-degree granting institutions (47.3%).

The 2013 survey includes data from 1,393 academic libraries in six major categories:

  • Collections (including titles held, volumes, and electronic books)
  • Expenditures (library materials, salaries and wages, etc.)
  • Personnel and Public Services (staff and services)
  • Ph.D.s Granted, Faculty, Student Enrollment
  • Use of space

The survey also provides analysis of selected variables and summary data (high, low, mean and median) for all elements. The 2013 data can be used for self-studies, budgeting, strategic planning, annual reports, grant applications and benchmarking.

2013 Academic Library Trends and Statistics is available for purchase through the ALA Online Store, by telephone order at (866) 746-7252 in the U.S. or (770) 442-8633 for international customers.

Assessment in Action application extended to March 25, 2015

Assessment in Action LogoThe application deadline for the ACRL program “Assessment in Action: Academic Libraries and Student Success” (AiA), has been extended to 5 p.m. Central, Wednesday, March 25, 2015.

Explore how your library contributes to student success during this 14-month program, made possible by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and described on the ACRL website. Librarians from the successful applicants will each lead a campus team in developing and implementing an action learning project which examines the impact of the library on student success and contributes to assessment activities on campus. The librarian team leaders will be supported in this work by a professional development program with sequenced learning events and activities at key junctures. The AiA program, a cornerstone of ACRL’s Value of Academic Libraries initiative, employs a blended learning environment and a peer-to-peer network. It is undertaken by ACRL in partnership with the Association for Institutional Research and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities.

Institutions that participated previously in AiA may apply to participate a second time, or institutions applying for the first time may submit two applications for two teams and projects. In the first essay describing the proposed project, they should explain briefly why a second team/project would be helpful to their institution.

ACRL is now offering up to 20 scholarships that would underwrite half of the $1200 registration fee. Scholarships will be awarded to institutions that have demonstrated the strongest commitment to support the team’s project over the course of the AiA program and the clearest connection between the team’s project goals and institutional priorities. On the application form, each applicant will be asked to indicate whether their institution is seeking a scholarship.

ACRL will use this third year of the AiA grant to inform how it can best support the community in developing and carrying out assessment projects going forward. The IMLS grant covered the majority of the costs for developing the AiA program and for delivering it the first two years. The third year of the grant marks a transition year to determine if this program is sustainable or if other models better address the needs of the community.

Learn more about the program in from the recording / presentation slides of an online open forum held February 10 for prospective applicants. Strong results from AiA teams are already evident in the recently released report synthesizing more than 70 projects from the first year with an accompanying executive summary to share broadly with campus stakeholders and a searchable online collection of individual team project descriptions. A second year of AiA is well underway with an additional 70 institutional teams.

Read full details about participating in the third year and apply online by 5 p.m. Central, Wednesday, March 25, 2015. Applicants will be notified of their status by COB Friday, April 17. Contact ACRL Senior Strategist for Special Initiatives Kara Malenfant with questions.

ACRL Preconferences @ 2015 ALA Annual Conference

ACRL is offering four preconferences in conjunction with the 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco, June 26, 2015. Registration materials are online.

Reflective Teaching: Self-evaluation to Assess and Improve Your Teaching Practice
Instruction Section Preconference @ ALA Annual Conference
Discover techniques and strategies for more structured and intentional reflection.  Learn how to identify, articulate, and diagnose teaching and learning “problems” you encounter in the classroom, analyze your role as a teacher in that situation, and learn about techniques of reflective practice to address those learning problems and improve student learning.

Data Visualization: Tools, Techniques, and Practice
ACRL Preconference @ ALA Annual Conference
Due to the proliferation of digital data and the emergence of big data, visualization is of crucial importance in academic research and institutions.  This preconference will introduce the fundamentals of data visualization including discussion of visual variables – the building blocks of any visualization. Attendees will participate in a sketching exercise to explore visual variables and create a foundation for the creation of library specific visualizations in the afternoon.

Storytelling 101: Craft Narratives to Engage and Persuade
ACRL Preconference @ ALA Annual Conference
When was the last time someone changed your mind with a story? We empathize with, persuade, and teach each other using the social tool that is storytelling. Whether you’re a high-powered library administrator headed into an important conference call or a part-time instruction librarian at the head an unfamiliar classroom, humans crave connection and a compelling story can be the difference between connecting deeply with your campus colleagues and patrons or experiencing a total disconnect.

Writing Data Management Plans Across the Curriculum
ACRL Preconference @ ALA Annual Conference
Demand for data management plans (DMPs) is growing as more granting agencies add this requirement. Join an experienced data management plan consultant from a major research university to learn how to apply your existing skills to writing strong DMPs for the sciences, social sciences, and humanities. Most presentations concerning data management are more concerned with the creation and management of repositories than how to write, or consult with researchers writing a data management plan for grant submission.

Complete details, including descriptions, learning outcomes, and registration materials, are online.  Contact Margot Conahan at or call 312-280-2522 with questions.

College & Research Libraries – March 2015

The March 2015 issue of College & Research Libraries is now freely available online. Visit the C&RL website for complete contents from 1939 to the present and follow C&RL on Facebook and Twitter for updates and discussion.

Note: The November 2013 issue was the final print issue of College & Research Libraries. The journal began an online-only publication model in January 2014.

Scott Walter. “Marching On.”

Todd Shipman, Susan H. Bannon, and Kimberly Nunes-Bufford. “The Information-Seeking Habits of In-Service Educators.” Abstract | Full Text (PDF).

Suzanne M. Schadl and Marina Todeschini. “Cite Globally, Analyze Locally: Citation Analysis from a Local Latin American Studies Perspective.” Abstract |Full Text (PDF).

Meredith Gorran Farkas, Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe, and Amy Harris Houk. “Bridges and Barriers: Factors Influencing a Culture of Assessment in Academic Libraries.” Abstract | Full Text (PDF).

Wendy Holliday, Betty Dance, Erin Davis, Britt Fagerheim, Anne Hedrich, Kacy Lundstrom, and Pamela Martin. “An Information Literacy Snapshot: Authentic Assessment across the Curriculum.” Abstract | Full Text (PDF).

Frances C. Wilkinson. “Emotional Intelligence in Library Disaster Response Assistance Teams: Which Competencies Emerged?” Abstract | Full Text (PDF).

Edward A. Goedeken and Karen Lawson. “The Past, Present, and Future of Demand-Driven Acquisitions in Academic Libraries.” Abstract | Full Text (PDF).

Joe Lenkart, Thomas H. Teper, Mara Thacker, and Steven W. Witt. “Measuring and Sustaining the Impact of Less Commonly Taught Language Collections in a Research Library.” Abstract | Full Text (PDF).

Book Reviews

Dana E. Hart. Sidney E. Berger. Rare Books and Special Collections. Chicago: Neal-Schuman, an imprint of the American Library Association, 2014. 537p. $129.00 (ISBN 978-55570-964-8). Full Text (PDF).

Jennifer Hoyer. Elsie A. Rogers Halliday Okobi. Library Services for Adults in the 21st Century. Santa Barbara: Libraries Unlimited, 2014. 242p. $60.00 (ISBN 978-1-59158-705-7). Full Text (PDF).

Kelli Johnson. Leslie E. Holt and Glen E. Holt. Success with Library Volunteers. Santa Barbara: Libraries Unlimited, 2014. 156p. Paper, $45.00 (ISBN 978-1-61069-048-5). Full Text (PDF).

Lynne F. Maxwell. Leadership in Academic Libraries Today: Connecting Theory to Practice. Edited by Bradford Lee Eden and Jody Condit Fagan. Lanham, Md.: Rowman & Littlefield, 2014. 222p. Cloth, $75.00 (ISBN 978-1-4422-3259-4). Full Text (PDF).

Lizzy Walker. Dania Bilal. Library Automation: Core Concepts and Practical Systems Analysis, Third Edition. Santa Barbara: Libraries Unlimited, 2014. 279p. $55.00 (ISBN 978-1-59158-922-8). Full Text (PDF).

ACRL Announces New Facilitators for “Assessment in Action” Program

Assessment in Action LogoACRL is pleased to announce the selection of two new facilitators for the program “Assessment in Action: Academic Libraries and Student Success” (AiA), made possible by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. They are:

  • Eric Resnis, who serves in a dual appointment as Assessment Coordinator in the Center for Teaching, Learning, and University Assessment and as Organizational Effectiveness Specialist in the Libraries at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio
  • John Watts, ‎Undergraduate Learning Librarian at University of Nevada Las Vegas

“We are so pleased to have Eric and John join the facilitation team. They each bring valuable skills and knowledge that will ensure that AiA continues to engage a robust learning community,” said Mary Ellen K. Davis, ACRL executive director. “As the higher education association for librarians, ACRL remains well poised to continue supporting academic libraries in demonstrating alignment with and impact on institutional outcomes.”

Strong results from AiA teams are already evident in the recently released report synthesizing more than 70 projects from the first year with an accompanying executive summary to share broadly with campus stakeholders and a searchable online collection of individual team project descriptions. A second year of AiA is well underway with an additional 70 institutional teams and a third year of AiA will start this spring, creating a significant impact on the profession’s capacity to demonstrate, articulate, and promote the value of academic and research libraries.

“As AiA team leaders themselves during the first year of the program, John and Eric bring valuable firsthand experience with what it takes for librarians to lead campus teams in assessing library impact on student learning and success,” said AiA co-lead facilitator Debra Gilchrist, vice president for learning and student success, Pierce College, WA. “We were fortunate to have had a strong pool of applicants to serve as facilitators and saw this as evidence that a healthy community of practice is developing with a deep commitment to collegial, peer support,” added AiA co-lead facilitator Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe, coordinator for information literacy and professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Resnis and Watts join Gilchrist, Hinchliffe and other AiA facilitators April Cunningham, library instruction coordinator at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, CA; and Carrie Donovan, head of teaching & learning for the Indiana University Libraries in Bloomington, IN. They collaborate closely with ACRL staff member Kara Malenfant and Karen Brown, professor at Dominican University’s Graduate School of Library and Information Science who serves as project analyst and grant evaluator.

Applications to participate in the third year of the program are still being accepted. Find out more about AiA on the program homepage. The AiA program, undertaken by ACRL in partnership with the Association for Institutional Research and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, is a cornerstone of ACRL’s Value of Academic Libraries initiative.

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