Entries from October 2009 ↓

New ACRL publication: 2008 Academic Library Trends and Statistics

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “2008 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 2008 data shows that the median unit cost of monographs (per volume) increased significantly since 2007 for all types of academic libraries (34.2 percent for associate degree-granting institutions, 63.3 percent for baccalaureate institutions, 61.1 percent for comprehensive institutions and 96.8 percent for doctoral/research institutions), while salary and wages expenditures as a percentage of total library expenditures remained unchanged. Salaries and wages constituted 72.1 percent of total library expenditures for associate-degree granting institutions, 56.6 percent for baccalaureate 56.5 percent for comprehensive schools, and 46.5 percent for doctoral/research institutions.

Serial expenditures as a percentage of total library materials expenditures saw very little variation from 2007, increasing less than 1 percent for associate degree-granting institutions and doctoral/research institutions (0.2 percent and 0.7 percent, respectively) and less than 2 percent for comprehensive institutions (1.4 percent) and baccalaureate schools (1.6 percent). Unchanged from 2007 is the percentage of student assistant staff as a percentage of total staff, ranging from a low of 18.1 percent at associate degree-granting institutions to a high of 29.4 percent at baccalaureate institutions.

The 2008 survey includes data from 1,533 academic libraries in six 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
• Faculty Rank, Status, and Tenure for Librarians

The survey also provides analysis of selected variables and summary data (high, low, mean and median) for all elements. The 2008 data can be used for self-studies, budgeting, strategic planning, annual reports, grant applications and benchmarking. Summary data for all elements is available freely on the ACRL Website at http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/acrl/publications/trends/2008/index.cfm.

“2008 Academic Library Trends and Statistics” 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 2010 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Boston.

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

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The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is a division of the American Library Association, representing nearly 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 is on the Web at http://www.acrl.org/.

ACRL invites applications for Immersion ’10 Program

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is accepting applications for its Immersion ’10 Program. Complete program details and application materials are online at http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/acrl/issues/infolit/professactivity/iil/immersion/immersion10.cfm. The application deadline is Dec. 11, 2009.

The ACRL Immersion ’10 Program provides four-and-a-half days of intensive information literacy training and education for academic librarians. Applications are being accepted for Immersion ’10 Teacher and Program tracks, to be held July 25-30, 2010, at Champlain College in Burlington, Vt.

The Teacher Track focuses on individual development for those who are interested in enhancing, refreshing or extending their individual instruction skills. Curriculum includes classroom techniques, learning theory, leadership and assessment framed in the context of information literacy. Participants selected for the Teacher Track will prepare a description of an instructional situation and a related presentation in advance of the Immersion program. During Immersion, participants will revise the presentation based on feedback from colleagues and faculty.

The Program Track focuses on developing, integrating and managing institutional and programmatic information literacy programs. Participants selected for the Program Track will develop individual case studies in advance of the Immersion program. Change dynamics, systems thinking, institutional outcomes assessment, scalability and the integration of teaching, learning and technology will be brought to bear on analyzing the various programmatic challenges presented in the case studies developed by participants.

Acceptance to Immersion ’10 is competitive to ensure an environment that fosters group interaction and active participation. The application deadline is Dec. 11, 2009, and notifications will be issued in February 2010.

Questions concerning the program or application process should be directed to Margot Conahan at (312) 280-2522, or e-mail mconahan@ala.org.

Contact: Margot Conahan
ACRL
(312) 280-2522
mconahan@ala.org

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The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is a division of the American Library Association (ALA), representing nearly 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 is on the Web at http://www.acrl.org/.

New ACRL publication: Working Together

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of a new title, “Working Together: Collaborative Information Practices for Organizational Learning” by Mary M. Somerville. “Working Together” presents a framework for comprehensive redesign of library organizations.

Around the globe, library leaders are asking: “How do we create forward thinking outcomes in the Digital Age?” In response, the profession is increasingly recognizing that we must start by transitioning current employees into new roles and responsibilities within redesigned workplace environments. Given the magnitude of external economic, technological and social changes, merely tinkering with traditional organizational models is inadequate. Rather, the forces at play require proactively moving from the old, comfortable model – designed for a world that no longer exists – to fundamentally reinvent professional assumptions, organizational structures and workplace processes.

In “Working Together,” Somerville provides a context for library decision makers as they move their organizations and workforces into the increasingly collaborative future. In addition to a review of core literature, the title presents workplace examples illustrating the efficacy of collaborative information practices orchestrated by inclusive leadership principles.

Purchase “Working Together: Collaborative Information Practices for Organizational Learning ” through the ALA Online Store (http://www.alastore.ala.org) and by telephone order at (866) 746-7252 in the U.S. or (770) 442-8633 for international customers.

Contact: Kathryn Deiss
ACRL Content Strategist
(312) 280-2529
kdeiss@ala.org

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The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is a division of the American Library Association, representing nearly 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 is on the Web at http://www.acrl.org/.