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ACRL Releases New Roles for the Road Ahead

Media KitAs part of its 75th anniversary celebration, ACRL announces the release of “New Roles for the Road Ahead: Essays Commissioned for ACRL’s 75th Anniversary” authored by well-known bloggers and thought leaders Steven J. Bell, associate university librarian at Temple University, Lorcan Dempsey, vice-president of OCLC research and chief strategist, and Barbara Fister, academic librarian at Gustavus Adolphus College. The collection also includes an introduction by Nancy H. Allen, dean and director at the University of Denver; and an afterward by Lizabeth Wilson, vice provost for digital initiatives and dean of university libraries at the University of Washington in Seattle.

In a series of twenty essays in three sections, “Framing the Road Ahead,” “Shifts in Positioning,” and “Responding to Opportunity: Creating a New Library Landscape,” Bell, Dempsey, and Fister share their thoughts on the world in which academic libraries will thrive, ways libraries are responding to change, and new roles for libraries and librarians. The essays include reflections on ways academic libraries can succeed in a changing higher education environment, take advantage of opportunities, and think about the best ways to deliver both ongoing and innovative services to students and faculty.

ACRL members provided commentary on the draft of the report, much of which was incorporated into the final work. Bell states that “just like this publication, which is something that was made better by a group of people coming together to achieve much more than we could have as individuals, ACRL depends on academic librarians working together to make sure the generations that follow us will be doing great things for higher education many years from now.”

The authors will discuss “New Roles for the Road Ahead” at their ACRL 75th Anniversary Invited Panel to be held at the ACRL 2015 conference from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m., on March 26, in the Oregon Convention Center Portland Ballroom 251/258.

“New Roles for the Road Ahead:  Essays Commissioned for ACRL’s 75th Anniversary” is freely available on the ACRL website.

Getting the Word Out: Academic Libraries as Scholarly Publishers

Getting the Word OutACRL is pleased to announce the release of Getting the Word Out: Academic Libraries as Scholarly Publishers.

Research libraries engaged in publishing activities in the past, but in recent years there has been an intense growth in the number of library publishing services supporting faculty and students. Unified by a commitment to both access and service, library publishing programs have grown from an early focus on backlist digitization to encompass publication of student works, textbooks, research data, as well as books and journals. This growing engagement with publishing is a natural extension of the academic library’s commitment to support the creation of and access to scholarship.  In spite of intense interest in this emerging discipline, few publications have highlighted the diversity of library publishing programs, services, and philosophies.

Getting the Word Out examines the growing trend in library publishing through 11 chapters authored by some of the most talented thinkers in the field.  Chapters touch on such topics as the economics of publishing and the challenges of collaboration, and surveying the service landscape for publishing in support of a variety of formats and methods. Edited by library publishing experts Maria Bonn, of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) Graduate School of Library and Information Science, and Mike Furlough, HathiTrust Digital Library, Getting the Word Out deepens current discussions in the field, and provides both decision makers and current practitioners with an introduction to the current state of the field and an investigation of its future prospects.

This book is appropriate for all types of academic libraries and for graduate programs in library and information studies.

Getting the Word Out is available for purchase in print, as an e-book, and as a print/ e-book bundle through the ALA Online Store; in print and for Kindle through; and by telephone order at (866) 746-7252 in the U.S. or (770) 442-8633 for international customers.

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.

New ACRL Occasional Report Examines Building with Purpose

Building with PurposeACRL is pleased to announce the first in a two-part set of Occasional Reports on academic library construction and renovation. Authored by Christopher Stewart, Building with Purpose: A Quantitative Overview of U.S. Academic Library Construction 2000-2014 presents a rich set of data on, and analysis of, new library construction over the past fourteen years. A forthcoming second report will cover academic library renovations in the same period.

While some argue that the academic library building has been unfairly characterized as a legacy structure, inflexible in its primary role as a space for physical materials, others point to the ongoing transformation of the library space as a center for collaboration, multi-modal learning, discovery, and social and cultural life. As the conversation about the evolving role of the library space widens, a broad, quantitative overview and analysis of new library construction and/or renovation activity across U.S. higher education is useful in helping us understand pace and scope of investments in new library space across different types of institutions.

The analysis presented in Stewart’s report examines new library construction through a framework of institutional characteristics, which provides an opportunity to identify patterns in terms of where libraries are investing in new space. This information also provides evidence of shifting institutional intentions and aspirations for the library building.

Stewart is also the author of the 2010 ACRL publication The Academic Library Building in the Digital Age: A Study of Construction, Planning, and Design of New Academic Library Space.

Building with Purpose is freely available on the ACRL website.

New ACRL Publication Focuses on “The Living Library”

The Living LIbraryACRL announces the publication of The Living Library: An Intellectual Ecosystem by Patricia Steele, David Cronrath, Sandra Parsons Vicchio, and Nancy Fried Foster.

The Living Library describes the evolution of one possible future for academic libraries – as laboratories for cross-disciplinary investigation. At the University of Maryland, a collaborative effort among the Libraries, the School of Architecture and the Department of Anthropology led to the participation of students, faculty, and staff in an initiative to design a full renovation of the main library building with the guidance of professionals in anthropology and architecture. As part of the process, Anthropology students and library faculty and staff investigated how the broader university community undertakes its work in the library. Architecture students in graduate design studio analyzed the findings along with the building and then created a series of designs to support faculty, student, and staff work practices. All of the work was reviewed by a leadership committee from a variety of disciplines.

The authors – the library director, the dean of architecture, a practicing architect, and an applied anthropologist – describe the project, explain the methods and review the outcomes, sharing their particular experiences of the living library. The Living Library is essential reading for academic librarians interested in innovative building redesign and space usage.

The Living Library is available for purchase in print, as an e-book, and as a print/ e-book bundle through the ALA Online Store; in print and for Kindle through; and by telephone order at (866) 746-7252 in the U.S. or (770) 442-8633 for international customers.

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