ACRL Value of Academic Libraries Toolkit Now Available

ACRL’s Assessment Committee announces the availability of the “beta” version of its Value of Academic Libraries Toolkit. The Toolkit continues ACRL’s commitment to help members demonstrate the value of their libraries to the academy.

This Toolkit complements ACRL’s recently released Value of Academic Libraries: A Comprehensive Research Review and Report by Dr. Megan Oakleaf. The Toolkit provides academic librarians access to articles, web sites, best practices, and assessment tools in one convenient location on the ACRL web site. An important component to the Toolkit is access to documents and samples (statistics, newsletters, reports, etc.) that libraries have employed as part of an intentional strategy to demonstrate value to their college or university communities.

The ACRL Assessment Committee is responsible for the development and ongoing maintenance of the Toolkit.  The Committee also invites submissions from our peers. What are the most useful tools you’ve found? To recommend a resource you think should be included in the ACRL Value of Academic Libraries Toolkit, please contact Joan Stein, Editor, ACRL Value of Academic Libraries Toolkit, and Head, Access Services at Carnegie Mellon University at joan@andrew.cmu.edu.

Increasing recognition of the value of libraries and librarians by leaders in higher education, information technology, funding agencies and campus decision makers is one of ACRL’s six strategic priorities. The Toolkit is another component of the Value of Academic Libraries initiative from ACRL. Visit the Value of Academic and Research Libraries initiative website for more information.