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The value of academic libraries : a comprehensive research review and report

Author: Megan J Oakleaf; Association of College and Research Libraries.
Publisher: Chicago, Ill. : American Library Association, ©2010.
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This report provides Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) leaders and the academic community with a clear view of the current state of the literature on value of libraries within an institutional context, suggestions for immediate "Next Steps" in the demonstration of academic library value, and a "Research Agenda" for articulating academic library value. Its focus is to help librarians understand,  Read more...
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Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Megan J Oakleaf; Association of College and Research Libraries.
OCLC Number: 664017318
Notes: Title from electronic t.p. (viewed on Sept. 14, 2010).
"September 2010."
Description: 1 online resource (172 pages)
Contents: Foreword --
Executive summary --
Defining "value" --
Methodology --
Review and analysis of the literature --
Academic library --
Expectations of higher education --
Reconceptualizing academic libraries --
Achieving institutional missions and outcomes --
Assessment vs. research --
Student retention and graduation rates --
Student engagement --
Student learning --
Assessment of management systems --
Faculty teaching --
Faculty research --
Library valuation --
Reference services --
E-resources --
Institutional ranking --
What about accreditation? --
Societal contribution --
A reminder regarding scope --
What's next for academic library value studies? --
School libraries --
Working with teachers and principals --
Evidence-based practice and action research --
Assessment tools --
Large-scale studies --
Assessment management systems --
Reporting results --
What's next for school library value studies? --
Public libraries --
Economic value --
Economic benefit --
Economic activity --
Economic impact --
Social impact --
What's next for special library value studies? --
What to do next --
Get started --
Define outcomes --
Use assessment management systems --
Gather new data --
Use existing data --
Engage in higher education assessment external to libraries --
Create library assessment plans --
Mobilize library administrators --
Engage in professional library associations --
Research agenda --
Student enrollment --
Student retention --
Student success --
Student achievement --
Student learning --
Student experience, attitude, and perception of quality --
Faculty research productivity --
Faculty grants --
Faculty teaching --
Institutional reputation or prestige --
Conclusion.
Responsibility: prepared by Megan Oakleaf.

Abstract:

This report provides Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) leaders and the academic community with a clear view of the current state of the literature on value of libraries within an institutional context, suggestions for immediate "Next Steps" in the demonstration of academic library value, and a "Research Agenda" for articulating academic library value. Its focus is to help librarians understand, based on professional literature, the current answer to the question, "How does the library advance the missions of the institution?" This report is also of interest to higher educational professionals external to libraries, including senior leaders, administrators, faculty, and student affairs professionals.

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