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Submit Projects for the NMC Horizon Report > 2017 Library Edition

The expert panel has completed voting and the topics for the NMC Horizon Report > 2017 Library Edition have been selected — below. The report is a collaboration between the NMC, the University of Applied Sciences (HTW) Chur, Technische Informationsbibliothek (TIB) Hannover, and ETH-Bibliothek Zurich, with ACRL as the distribution partner. It is set to be released on March 23, 2017, at the ACRL 2017 Conference. We’re now looking for any projects, programs, policies, or leadership initiatives that fit any of the chosen areas. View definitions and discussions of all of the final topics on the 2017 Horizon.Library Project wiki.

Submit examples through the brief web form with a title, a URL, and a one- or two-sentence description. The process takes about two minutes and the deadline is Monday, February 13. Complete details are available on the NMC website.

2015 Academic Library Trends and Statistics

2015 Academic Library Trends and StatisticsACRL announces the publication of 2015 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 one-volume title includes data from Associate of Arts Colleges, Baccalaureate, Master’s Colleges and Universities/ and Research/Doctoral-granting Institutions. Those who purchase the print edition will receive a complimentary one-year subscription to the 2015 survey data available through ACRL Metrics, an online subscription service that provides access to the ACRL survey data from 1999-2015.

The 2015 data show that library expenditures for collection materials averaged $5,700,113 for doctoral degree-granting institutions; $725,826 for comprehensive degree-granting institutions; $524,184 for baccalaureate schools and $146,542 for associate-degree granting institutions. On average, doctoral degree granting institutions spent 76.7% of their materials budgets on ongoing commitments to subscriptions in 2015; comprehensive schools spent an average of 76.8%; baccalaureate schools spent an average 72.4% and associate degree granting institutions spent an average of 55.5%. On average, academic libraries spent 70.4% of their materials budget on subscriptions.

The 2015 data show that expenditures for salaries and wages accounted for 63.4% of the total library expenditures on average. Salaries and wages constituted 77.9% of total library expenditures for associate-degree granting institutions, 45.4% for baccalaureates, 87% for comprehensive schools, and 43.3% for doctoral/research institutions.

Of the libraries surveyed, 57.5% of doctoral degree-granting institutions, 34.5% of comprehensive degree-granting institutions, 38.5% of baccalaureate schools, and 19.9% of associate-degree granting institutions are developing or considering developing a shared print collection with a group of libraries or consortium partners to avoid duplication of titles between partner libraries.  More libraries are participating in open education initiatives by providing open access text books, teaching resources, courseware, and books, including 24% of associate degree granting institutions, 21.2% of baccalaureate schools, 22.4% of comprehensive schools, and 40.5% of doctoral/research libraries.

In the past five years, collection budgets have shifted from traditional collection development to patron-driven (PDA) or demand-driven acquisitions (DDA) with the largest shifts taking place in research/doctoral universities. Currently only 27.5% of research/doctoral institutions, 48.6% of comprehensive schools, 55.2% of baccalaureate schools, and 67.7% of associate degree granting schools still use a traditional collection development model.

The 2015 survey includes data from 1,499 academic libraries in five major categories:

  • Collections (including titles held, volumes, and electronic books)
  • Expenditures (library materials, salaries and wages, etc.)
  • Library Services
  • Staffing
  • Collection development trends (including shifts in formats, open education initiatives, institutional repositories, support for digitization, shared print collections, and more)

The survey also provides analysis of selected variables and summary data (high, low, mean and median) for all elements. The 2015 data can be used for self-studies, budgeting, strategic planning, annual reports, grant applications and benchmarking.

2015 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.

Special Member Forum on How to Volunteer for an ACRL Committee or Community of Practice

‘Tis the season to volunteer! If you’re interested in opportunities to connect and network with others in the field or want to gain leadership experience by serving on an ACRL committee, now is the time to submit your volunteer application for 2017-18.

The ACRL Membership Committee invites all new members and anyone who would like to get more involved in ACRL to join us on Wednesday, December 14 at 2:00 PM EDT / 1:00 PM CDT /  12:00 MDT / 11:00 AM PDT for an online forum on the ACRL volunteer process. We will explain how to volunteer for ACRL division-level committees, ACRL section committees, and ACRL interest and discussion groups. Participants are encouraged to come with any questions they have about ACRL and how to serve.

Session Moderator:

Katie Gibson – Chair, ACRL Membership Committee

Guest Panelists:

Steven Bell – Past Co-Convener, Digital Scholarship Center Interest Group and Member of the ACRL Membership Committee

Erin Ellis – Chair, ACRL Appointments Committee

Katie Gibson – Chair, Western European Studies Section

Connecting to the Forum:

Name: ACRL Membership Committee: Getting Involved in ACRL

Start Time: 12/14/2016 1:00PM CST

Duration: 01:00 hour


Access: Anyone who has the URL for the meeting can enter the room.

ACRL, ALA, ARL Joint Advisory Task Force Continues to Clarify Academic Library Definitions in IPEDS Survey

ACRL/ ALA and the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) have extended the joint advisory task force to continue efforts to bring the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) Academic Libraries Component up to date and in line with current library practices.

ARL and ACRL formed a joint advisory task force in 2015 to provide advice to the US Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), which manages IPEDS, on the new IPEDS definitions and to clarify the changes to the academic library community. NCES accepted the advisory task force’s recommendations regarding definitional issues and responses to questions raised by the academic library community and implemented the recommendations in the 2015 and 2016 survey cycles. Although the advisory task force completed its original charge as of July 28, 2016, the group has identified issues requiring further deliberation that need to be considered.

The ACRL/ARL Joint Advisory Task Force on IPEDS Academic Libraries Component Definitions will develop recommendations regarding definitional issues and responses to questions raised by the academic library community in such areas as electronic serials usage, shared collections, and the US Bureau of Labor Statistics staffing codes for librarians by August 2019.

“The successful previous work of the task force and the recurring definitional issues around the Academic Libraries Component of IPEDS indicate the importance and value of continuing our efforts,” said Mary Ellen Davis, ACRL executive director.

“ARL’s ongoing partnership with ACRL to improve our national education statistics is a critical priority,” said ARL executive director Elliott Shore, “and we appreciate the library community’s participation in these discussions.”

Members of the ACRL/ARL Joint Advisory Task Force on IPEDS Academic Libraries Component Definitions include:


Robert Dugan, ACRL Academic Library Trends and Statistics Survey Editorial Board, University of West Florida,

Jennifer Paustenbaugh, Chair of the ARL Assessment Committee, Brigham Young University,


Stephen Bosch, University of Arizona,

Joyce Chapman, Duke University,

Christopher Cody, NCES AL Survey Director,

Theresa A. Fishel, Macalester College,

Steve Hiller, University of Washington,

Marilyn K. Moody, Portland State University,

Shaneka Morris, ARL staff,

Mary Jane Petrowski, ACRL staff,

Patricia Profeta, Indian River State College,

Kathy Rosa, ALA staff,

About ACRL

The Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) is the higher education association for librarians. Representing more than 11,500 academic and research librarians and interested individuals, ACRL (a division of the American Library Association) develops programs, products, and services to help academic and research librarians learn, innovate, and lead within the academic community. Founded in 1940, ACRL is committed to advancing learning and transforming scholarship. ACRL is on the web at, Facebook at, and Twitter at @ala_acrl.

About the Association of Research Libraries

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 124 research libraries in the US and Canada. ARL’s mission is to influence the changing environment of scholarly communication and the public policies that affect research libraries and the diverse communities they serve. ARL pursues this mission by advancing the goals of its member research libraries, providing leadership in public and information policy to the scholarly and higher education communities, fostering the exchange of ideas and expertise, facilitating the emergence of new roles for research libraries, and shaping a future environment that leverages its interests with those of allied organizations. ARL is on the web at, Facebook at, and Twitter at @ARLnews.

Changes to IPEDS Survey Definitions for 2016–2017 Webinar

The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) has adopted revised definitions for the FY 2016–2017 Academic Libraries Component as as result of public review comments and recommendations made by a joint ACRL / Association of Research Libraries (ARL) task force in 2016. The task force is offering a free webinar to discuss these changes on Thursday, July 28, 2016, 1:00–2:30 p.m. eastern daylight time.

The changes to the survey definitions address a number of concerns, an important one being the need to measure and describe usage of electronic resources in rigorous, robust, and standardized ways that are easy to implement while providing valid and reliable indicators of usage.

Webinar presenters will include task force members Chris Cody, Robert Dugan, Martha Kyrillidou, and Mary Jane Petrowski along with Kristin Martin and Oliver Pesch, experts in developing standardized ways of capturing usage statistics.

The webinar will include a Q&A session about emerging issues that the IPEDS Academic Libraries Component will need to consider in future years, such as shared library collections and possible connections with the IPEDS Human Resources Component that currently captures higher education staffing data.

Webinar Details & Registration

Title: Webinar on IPEDS Academic Library Definition Changes for 2016–2017
Thursday, July 28, 2016
1:00–2:30 p.m. EDT
Register online by Thursday, July 21, 2016

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