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ACRL Liaisons to Professional Associations: Major Issues, Talking Points, and Resources

Basic Resources


  1. ACRL is leading academic libraries in developing and assessing services and collections that further institutional goals and objectives, particularly with respect to student and faculty success. See Value of Academic Libraries: A Comprehensive Research Review and Report ( pages 129+ on library contribution to faculty productivity
  2.  (Society of College, National and University Libraries in the UK and Ireland) has resources available at   “SCONUL promotes awareness of the role of academic libraries in supporting research excellence and student achievement and employability,”
  1. Connect, Collaborate, and Communicate: A Report from the Value of Academic Libraries 4     Summits (
  2. Value Blog ([1]
  3. Valueography – Highlighting Key Publications and Presentations
  4. ACRL Frameworks for Information Literacy in Higher Education Approved by the ACRL Board of Directors in Jan. 2015, the Framework offered here is called a framework intentionally because it is based on a cluster of interconnected core concepts, with flexible options for implementation, rather than on a set of standards, learning outcomes, or any prescriptive enumeration of skills. At the heart of this Framework are conceptual understandings that organize many other concepts and ideas about information, research, and scholarship into a coherent whole. These conceptual understandings are informed by the work of Wiggins and McTighe,2 which focuses on essential concepts and questions in developing curricula and focuses on threshold concepts.3 Threshold concepts are those ideas in any discipline that are passageways or portals to enlarged understanding or ways of thinking and practicing within that discipline.
  5. ACRL Frameworks Appendices including implementing the Frameworks, an introduction for faculty and administrators, and for administrators, how to support the frameworks. 
  6. ACRL’s Standards for Libraries in Higher Education “guide academic libraries in advancing and sustaining their role as partners in educating students, achieving their institutions’ missions, and positioning libraries as leaders in assessment and continuous improvement on their campuses” ( through a focus on institutional effectiveness and outcomes assessment.



[1] Several liaisons have posted to the blog about their experiences in communicating library value.