2007 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, is now available from ACRL.
The publication includes survey data from 1,311 academic libraries covering five major categories:
* Collections (including volumes, serials, multimedia)
* Expenditures (library materials, wages and salaries, other operating)
* Electronic Resources (including expenditures, collections, services, usage)
* Personnel and Public Services (staff and services)
* Ph.D.s Granted, Faculty, Student Enrollment
The survey also provides analysis of selected variables and summary data (high, low, mean and median) for all elements. The 2007 data can be used for self-studies, budgeting, strategic planning, annual reports, grant applications and benchmarking.
2007 Academic Library Trends and Statistics is available as a three-volume set, including Associate of Arts institutions, Master’s Colleges and Universities/Baccalaureate Colleges and Research/Doctoral granting institutions. The titles are also available for purchase as individual volumes.
The online edition of 2007 Academic Library Trends and Statistics provides access to the data for each institution and is designed to facilitate searching, selection of peer institutions, designation of criteria for comparison, display and/or downloading to Excel. The database can now be searched by state as well as across multiple fields. Subscribers can also create and download multiple collections (up to 100 institutions per collection).
The print edition is available for purchase through the ALA Online Store and by telephone order at (866) 746-7252 in the U.S. or (770) 442-8633 for international customers and will be available at the 2009 ACRL National Conference in Seattle. Access to the online edition is available by invoice and credit cards.
ACRL is taking scholarly communication on the road in 2009 with “Scholarly Communication 101: Starting with the Basics.” Recognizing that scholarly communication issues are central to the work of all academic librarians and all types of institutions, ACRL is pleased to offer this free three-hour workshop to libraries across the country. Led by two expert presenters, this structured interactive overview of the scholarly communication system highlights individual or institutional strategic planning and action. Four modules focus on new methods of scholarly publishing and communication, copyright and intellectual property, economics and open access. Institutions interested in hosting “Scholarly Communication 101” should apply by Monday, April 13. Hosts must partner with, and invite staff from, at least one other institution. Complete details are on the ACRL Web site.
The March 2009 issue of C&RL News is now available online and in the mail. It is hard to believe that the ACRL 14th National Conference is almost here. Held March 12—15 in Seattle, the conference offers a wide variety of sessions to help you keep up with the latest in issues, such as advocacy, assessment, collections, and digital initiatives. The virtual conference community provides an opportunity to learn virtually through podcasts, live Webcasts of conference sessions, and dynamic screen captures of every contributed paper and panel session. Visit the conference Web site for complete details.
Assessment is sure to be a big topic of discussion in Seattle. In this issue, Peter Hernon and Robert E. Dugan discuss “Assessment and evaluation” and provide useful working definitions of the terms as they relate to measuring student outcomes. Campus engagement is a necessary step along the road to assessment and evaluation. David Salinero and Cynthia Beardsley discuss the concept as it relates to both students and faculty in their article “Enhancing the academic experience.” Assessing workplace issues such as commitment to diversity can provide insights into building healthy library organizations that can better engage their campus communities. Martha Kyrillidou and M. Sue Baughman highlight the “ClimateQUAL” diversity assessment tool in this issue.
This issue also includes responses from the candidates for ALA president to a set of questions from the ACRL Board of Directors. A list of ACRL members running for ALA Council is also provided. We hope these resources will help you make an informed decision as you vote in the ALA election starting March 17. As always, make sure to take a look at all of the other articles and columns in this month’s issue. Thanks for reading the News!
Assessment and evaluation– Peter Hernon and Robert E. Dugan
Enhancing the academic experience– David Salinero and Cynthia Beardsley
ClimateQUAL– Martha Kyrillidou and M. Sue Baughman
Do something no one has imagined– Allyson Mower and Lisa Chaufty
Meet the candidates– Kenton Olivers and Roberta Stevens
ACRL members running for ALA Council
Beautiful and useful: The book as a learning object– Jane A. Carlin and Cindy B. Damschroder
Audiobooks on iPods– Nancy Allmang
Sharing program– Carrye Syma and Cynthia Henry
ACRL Board of Directors’ actions, January 2009
Registration is now open for the following e-Learning opportunities from ACRL. Stretch your professional budget by registering now for these affordable distance learning courses and events! Space is limited, so register now to reserve your seat! Click on the title of each course for more information, including pricing and a link to online registration.
Introduction to Website Usability
March 23-April 10, 2009
For very little investment in staff hours and training you can reap tremendous benefits by connecting with the users of your library website and Web based applications through usability testing. This three week course is designed for the librarian or library IT staff person who is interested in setting up a usability program but doesn’t know where to begin.
Implementing Online Teaching and Learning: Using Moodle and Other Web 2.0 Features
April 6 — May 2, 2009
In this four week hands-on course we will overview of the state-of-the-art of online teaching and learning technology and its applications. We will review the use of teaching materials created with multimedia plug-ins and classroom communications tools and specifically the Moodle LMS (Learning Management System).
Copyright and the Library Part 2: Library, Classroom and Other Issues Including the DMCA
April 6 – 24, 2009
In this course, students will continue to learn to think in terms of U.S. copyright law. In this course, students will focus on issues pertaining to Libraries with a special focus on how copyright pertains to the classroom setting. Sections 108, 109, 110, 512 and 1201 will be examined for a thorough understanding on their impact in academic libraries.
Next Generation Information Commons
March 31, 2009 — 2PM Eastern
Some information commons are now more than ten years old and are in need of refreshing in terms of conception, configuration, technologies, and services. Others are so popular that additions are planned, either adjacent to the existing commons, on other floors, or in other buildings on campus. Through the use of principles and practical examples, participants will learn about trends in information and learning commons. A wide variety of photos will be used to illustrate the presentation
Program Review for Academic Libraries
April 14, 2009 — 2PM Eastern
Institutional program review guidelines often list the library as a resource for departments undergoing review. However, more academic libraries are being included in their institution ‘s review cycle and asked to undergo program review themselves. This session will introduce academic program review; discuss what is involved in putting together a program review for an academic library; and present questions to consider in working through the program review process.
User Experience (Blended Librarianship)
April 23, 2009 — 2PM Eastern
This webcast serves to help participants identify techniques and tools that will enable academic librarians, faculty members, information technologists, instructional design professionals, et al. to discover or develop and implement new approaches for collaboration, to achieve maximum integration of the library into the teaching and learning process throughout their institutions. To help guide such collaborative efforts toward library, curricular, and other related institutional goals – especially those of advancing information literacy.
For more information about any of the above courses or webcasts, please contact ACRL Web Services Manager Jon Stahler at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In this podcast, ACRL 14th National Conference Virtual Conference Committee Co-Chair Scott Walter talks with Craig Gibson about the contributed paper “Playing on ‘Practice Fields’: Creating a Research and Development Culture in Academic Libraries.” Gibson presents his paper in Seattle from 10:30-11:30 a.m. on Friday, March 13.
Click the play button below to listen to the podcast.
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