Changes to IPEDS Survey Definitions for 2015–2016—Webinar Recording Available Online

The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) Academic Libraries Component adopted revised definitions for FY 2015–2016 as a result of recommendations made by a joint Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and ACRL task force in the summer of 2015. The recording of an ARL-ACRL webinar detailing these changes, which aired November 3, 2015, is now available below or on YouTube.

The joint task force recommended and IPEDS accepted changes to definitions of data elements in the IPEDS survey. The task force recommendations with IPEDS responses are publicly available online. Most of these changes impact the way libraries report items such as e-books and open access titles, digital government document titles and volumes, other media such as microforms and maps (both analog and digital), databases, and circulation of digital and analog materials.

The annual ACRL Academic Library Trends & Statistics survey captures data from the IPEDS Academic Libraries Component and a number of other IPEDS survey components and makes it available for download so that survey participants can upload their statistics into the IPEDS database directly or send to their institutional keyholders. The 2015 ACRL Survey form and instructions are available at: and If you have questions or need to change the contact information for the survey, you can contact Counting Opinions by emailing or by calling (800) 542-9847 (9:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m. EST). The data collection period ends April 30, 2016, and it is anticipated that the 2015 data will be available by mid-June with publication of the print edition to follow in the fall of 2016. Complimentary access to the aggregate survey results will be provided to all who participate in the 2015 survey.