Academic Libraries and the Academy

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Academic Libraries and the Academy coverACRL announces the publication of the two-volume Academic Libraries and the Academy: Strategies and Approaches to Demonstrate Your Value, Impact, and Return on Investment, edited by Marwin Britto and Kirsten Kinsley. Forty-two case studies are divided into two comprehensive volumes—from beginning assessment work through assessment activities that are more difficult to measure and generally more time- and resource-intensive—to provide practicable ideas and effective strategies for all levels of experience, assessment skills, stages of implementation, and access to resources.

With increased expectations of accountability and transparency for budget expenditures, institutions scrambling to do more with less, and the emergence of new budgeting models that view units as either cost centers or profit centers, academic libraries are under new pressures and scrutiny. It’s become incredibly important for academic libraries to clearly articulate to their institutional administrators their contributions to institutional outcomes, short-term and long-term value, and in essence, their return-on-investment.

Academic Libraries and the Academy is a thorough collection of effective practices, lessons learned, approaches, and strategies of how librarians, library professionals, and others in academic libraries around the world are successfully providing evidence of their contributions to student academic success and effectively demonstrating their library’s value and impact to institutional administrators and stakeholders.

There is no one-size-fits-all approach to demonstrating a library’s value, so Academic Libraries and the Academy captures a range of successful approaches and strategies utilized in different types of academic libraries around the world. Each case study opens with a one-page summary presenting fourteen descriptors of the chapter’s content that will allow you to quickly ascertain if the case study is of immediate interest based on your individual needs, interests, and goals. This book is designed to provide guidance and support to those of you—librarians, library professionals, and others involved in library assessment—who struggle to find the best approach and strategy at the right time in your assessment journey, and help you successfully articulate your academic library’s impact.

Academic Libraries and the Academy: Strategies and Approaches to Demonstrate Your Value, Impact, and Return on Investment is available for purchase in print and as ebook through the ALA Online Store, individually and as a set; in print through; and by telephone order at (866) 746-7252 in the U.S. or (770) 442-8633 for international customers.