Value of Academic Libraries: A Comprehensive Research Review and Report
Date: September 2010
Title: Value of Academic Libraries: A Comprehensive Research Review and Report
Source: American Library Association; Association of College and Research Libraries
Created by Dr. Megan Oakleaf, Syracuse University for the Association of College and Research Libraries.
Found Online: ACRL Value of Academic Libraries
Download Paper: The Value of Academic Libraries
Here is an excerpt from the executive summary from Dr. Megan Oakleaf:
Academic libraries have long enjoyed their status as the “heart of the university.”However, in recent decades, higher education environments have changed.Government officials see higher education as a national resource. Employers viewhigher education institutions as producers of a commodity—student learning. Topacademic faculty expect higher education institutions to support and promote cuttingedgeresearch. Parents and students expect higher education to enhance students’collegiate experience, as well as propel their career placement and earning potential.Not only do stakeholders count on higher education institutions to achieve these goals,they also require them to demonstrate evidence that they have achieved them. Thesame is true for academic libraries; they too can provide evidence of their value.Community college, college, and university librarians no longer can rely on theirstakeholders’ belief in their importance. Rather, they must demonstrate their value.