Connect, Collaborate, and Communicate: A Report from the Value of Academic Libraries Summits


As part of ACRL’s Value of Academic Libraries Initiative, a multiyear project designed to assist academic librarians in demonstrating library value, ACRL joined with three partners—the Association for Institutional Research, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, and the Council of Independent Colleges—to sponsor two national summits held November 29–December 1, 2011, in Chicago. The summits convened representatives from twenty-two postsecondary institutions, including senior librarians, chief academic administrators, and institutional researchers, for discussions about library impact. Fifteen representatives from higher education organizations and associations also participated in the summits. Five overarching recommendations for the library profession emerged from the discussions, presentations, and facilitated small group work at the summits.

This report discusses these recommendations and articulates a framework for future action. It serves as a resource for academic librarians along with library and higher education groups involved with helping institutions to assess and advance their missions. In preparing this report, all participants—planning partners, speakers, and invited participants from the twenty-two colleges and universities—were provided with the opportunity to react and comment on drafts to ensure that the findings are accurate and complete.

Citation: Association of College and Research Libraries. Connect, Collaborate, and Communicate: A Report from the Value of Academic Libraries Summits. Prepared by Karen Brown and Kara J. Malenfant. Chicago: Association of College and Research Libraries, 2012.

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