Category Archives: About ACRL

Changes to IPEDS Survey Definitions for 2015–2016—Webinar Recording Available Online

The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) Academic Libraries Component adopted revised definitions for FY 2015–2016 as a result of recommendations made by a joint Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and ACRL task force in the summer of 2015. The recording of an ARL-ACRL webinar detailing these changes, which aired November 3, 2015, is now available below or on YouTube.

The joint task force recommended and IPEDS accepted changes to definitions of data elements in the IPEDS survey. The task force recommendations with IPEDS responses are publicly available online. Most of these changes impact the way libraries report items such as e-books and open access titles, digital government document titles and volumes, other media such as microforms and maps (both analog and digital), databases, and circulation of digital and analog materials.

The annual ACRL Academic Library Trends & Statistics survey captures data from the IPEDS Academic Libraries Component and a number of other IPEDS survey components and makes it available for download so that survey participants can upload their statistics into the IPEDS database directly or send to their institutional keyholders. The 2015 ACRL Survey form and instructions are available at: and If you have questions or need to change the contact information for the survey, you can contact Counting Opinions by emailing or by calling (800) 542-9847 (9:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m. EST). The data collection period ends April 30, 2016, and it is anticipated that the 2015 data will be available by mid-June with publication of the print edition to follow in the fall of 2016. Complimentary access to the aggregate survey results will be provided to all who participate in the 2015 survey.

ACRL New Member Forum: Getting Involved in ACRL

New to ACRL and curious about the ACRL committee appointment process? It’s not too late to volunteer to serve on a ACRL committee. The ACRL Membership Committee invites new ACRL members, and those who are interested in getting involved in ACRL to participate in a free online forum about the many volunteer opportunities (in sections, interest groups, discussion groups, and division-level committees). We will explain how the entire appointment process works. This will be an interactive session, so bring your questions for our panelists including Chase Ollis, ACRL Program Coordinator for Member Services; Erin Ellis, Chair of theACRL Leadership and Recruitment Committee; and Ellysa Cahoy, Chair of the ACRL Instruction Section.

The forum will be held from 9:30-10:30 am CST on Thursday, February 4. Attendees will need a USB headset (and an Internet connection) to utilize the VoIP feature. We recommend that all attendees have headsets with microphones available, and have a current version of Flash player installed. No advance registration or sign-up is required, just enter the Adobe Connect meeting room to participate in the forum.

February 4 Update: 

A recording of this session is now available at


Volunteer for ACRL Division or Section Committees by Feb. 15

Are you looking for ways to expand your professional network and contribute to ACRL? Committee volunteers help shape ACRL by advancing its strategic plan and influencing the direction of academic and research librarianship. Serving on a committee or editorial board is a great way to become involved and make an impact on the profession.

If you’d like to become more engaged, ACRL Vice-President/President-Elect Irene M.H. Herold invites you to volunteer to serve on a 2016-2017 division or section committee.

The ACRL committee volunteer form for section and division-level appointments is now open!

If you wish to be considered for a committee appointment, complete the ACRL volunteer form by February 15, 2016. For more information and a link to the volunteer form, visit the ACRL website.

Update from the ACRL Board of Directors on the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education

At the 2016 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Boston, the ACRL Board of Directors took action to formally adopt the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education. We recognize that our action of filing the document last year has caused confusion and want to make it clear this is a formal ACRL document.

Much has happened since the Board first took action on the Framework at Midwinter 2015. Many of you have spent the last year learning about, and experimenting with, the new Framework, sharing your stories with colleagues at meetings, workshops, and on social media. A number of you are writing about the Framework, including scholarly works.

It is clear that the Framework has been embraced by a great many of you.

The Board also affirmed its intent to make a decision on the status of the Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education at the 2016 ALA Annual Conference, according to the timeline established at the 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting.

The new Framework document remains a framework, not a standard, so that it can move forward as a dynamic, living document with great flexibility and potential. The Information Literacy Frameworks and Standards Committee is drafting a definition for frameworks, similar to those for standards and guidelines, for Chapter 14 of ACRL’s Guide to Policies and Procedures as part of an overall review and revision outlined in their 2015-2016 Work Plan.

We also know that some of you recognize the value of the Framework but believe it pairs well with a set of standards for purposes of assessment. We understand that some of you are now using both documents concurrently while others are making inroads in new ways of assessment which are promising in terms of disciplinary and institutional alignment and collaborations.

The ACRL Board acknowledges there could be room for a standards-like document, developed as a companion to the Framework and in recognition of the current educational and information environment and the need to create outcomes and assessments at the local level. The use of the Standards for Libraries in Higher Education as an umbrella document for the library’s role in institutional assessment and accreditation needs to be further defined and understood.

ACRL fully supports the development of resources to support librarians in their understanding and use of the Framework. Sharon Mader was hired in February 2015 as the ACRL Visiting Program Officer for Information Literacy. In this role she is working with the Framework Advisory Board (appointed in July 2015) and other member leaders to create professional development resources and opportunities to assist librarians in understanding how they can use the Framework and contribute to its growth.

Development of an online sandbox is underway. The sandbox will provide an organized and collaborative space for librarians to share examples of Framework use and practice, with a launch anticipated for late spring / early summer 2016. In the interim, the Framework for Information Literacy WordPress site is gathering resources on the use of the Framework. An “example of the week” will be added in the next month and you may want to check out the “spotlight on scholarship” which highlights scholarship that uses, builds on, critiques, or responds to the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education.

Ann Campion Riley, ACRL President
Irene M.H. Herold, ACRL Vice-President
Karen Williams, ACRL Past President

Applications/Nominations Invited For PIL Editor

ACRL is currently accepting applications, and nominations are invited, for the position of editor of Publications in Librarianship (PIL), an imprint of ACRL book publications.

Appointed for a nonrenewable five-year term, the PIL editor works closely with the ACRL content strategist and PIL Editorial Board to acquire and develop appropriate research-based monographic publications. Membership in ALA and ACRL is required at the time of appointment. Qualifications include professional experience in academic libraries, a record of scholarly publication, editing experience, a willingness to proactively seek content and proposals, effective communication skills and experience working with a group, and a broad knowledge of the issues confronting academic libraries.

Appointment will be made by the ACRL Board of Directors following the 2016 ALA Midwinter Meeting upon the recommendation of the search committee and of the ACRL Publications Coordinating Committee.

Nominations or resumes and letters of application for either editorship, including the names of three references, should be sent to the PIL Search Committee c/o Dawn Mueller, ACRL, 50 East Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611 or email to

The deadline for receipt of applications is January 15, 2016. Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled.

Finalists will be interviewed by phone following the 2016 ALA Midwinter Meeting.

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