Entries from March 2009 ↓

ACRL releases 2007 Academic Library Trends and Statistics

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the release of  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.

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.

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 (http://www.alastore.ala.org), 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 addition is available by invoice and credit cards at http://acrl.telusys.net/trendstat/2007/index.html.

Contact: Mary Jane Petrowski
ACRL Associate Director
(312) 280-2523
mpetrowski@ala.org

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ACRL is a division of the American Library Association, representing more than 13,000 academic and research librarians and interested individuals. ACRL is the only individual membership organization in North America that develops programs, products and services to meet the unique needs of academic and research librarians. Its initiatives enable the higher education community to understand the role that academic libraries play in the teaching, learning and research environments.

ACRL offers Scholarly Communication 101 road show

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (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. Complete details on “Scholarly Communication 101: Starting with the Basics” are available on the ACRL Web site at http://acrl.org/ala/mgrps/divs/acrl/issues/scholarlycomm/roadshow.cfm.
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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. As a result of the workshop, participants will understand scholarly communication as a system to manage the results of research and scholarly inquiry, enumerate new modes and models of scholarly communication and select and cite key principles, facts and messages relevant to current or nascent scholarly communication plans and programs at their institutions. “Scholarly Communication 101” is appropriate for those with new leadership assignments in scholarly communication as well as liaisons and others who are interested in the issues and need foundational understanding.

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. The ACRL Scholarly Communication Committee will review applications and select several locations for the workshop, based on the number of requests and capacity. The committee will aim for geographic diversity and notify applicants of their status by Friday, April 24.

The application form and complete details, including additional qualifications and hosting responsibilities, are available on the ACRL Web site at http://acrl.org/ala/mgrps/divs/acrl/issues/scholarlycomm/roadshow.cfm.

Contact:  Kara J. Malenfant
ACRL Scholarly Communications and Government Relations Specialist
(312) 280-2510
kmalenfant@ala.org

 

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ACRL is a division of the American Library Association, representing more than 13,000 academic and research librarians and interested individuals. ACRL is the only individual membership organization in North America that develops programs, products and services to meet the unique needs of academic and research librarians. Its initiatives enable the higher education community to understand the role that academic libraries play in the teaching, learning and research environments.