Update on ACRL’s Value of Academic Libraries Initiative
Sunday, January 22, 10:30am – 12:00pm
Sheraton Dallas Hotel, Lonestar Ballroom A1

Learn about recent developments with ACRL’s Value of Academic Libraries Initiative, a multiyear project to aid academic librarians in demonstrating library value. In fall 2011, ACRL joined with three partners – the Association for Institutional Research, Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, and the Council of Independent Colleges – to convene two summits, part of the project “Building Capacity for Demonstrating the Value of Academic Libraries” and made possible by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. In the first, a wide range of participants from the higher education sector discussed the data campus administrators would like libraries to provide and what collaborative assistance is available through institutional research offices. In the second, librarian participants addressed strategies to prepare the library community to document and communicate the library’s value in advancing the missions and goals of their colleges and universities. In this forum, learn the advice given by college and university chief academic officers, senior institutional researchers, representatives from accreditation commissions and higher education organizations, and academic librarians.

Speakers: Karen Brown, Associate Professor, Dominican University Graduate School of Library and Information Science and lead author of a forthcoming white paper on the summits; Lisa Hinchliffe, Associate Professor/Coordinator for Information Literacy Services and Instruction, Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, ACRL Past-President and co-chair of ACRL’s Value of Academic Libraries Committee; Megan Oakleaf, Assistant Professor, Syracuse University School of Information Services, key facilitator and designer of summits, and co-chair of ACRL’s Value of Academic Libraries Committee.

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