Save the Academic Libraries Survey

Data about libraries – topics like collections, circulation, budgets, and staffing levels – are crucial to understanding the state of libraries and telling our stories.

Unfortunately, the federal National Center for Education Statistics is proposing to stop collecting data about college and university libraries. Please join ALA and ACRL in speaking out against this ill-advised plan.

The federal government has collected statistics about academic libraries since 1966. However, due to tight federal budgets, that unique longitudinal data collection may soon come to an end.

The Academic Libraries survey makes it possible to understand budget, staffing, and service trends in college and university libraries. These data also allow individual academic libraries to benchmark compared to their institutional peers. Although these data are widely used by academic libraries, the federal government is planning to stop collecting them.

In your own words, explain why you oppose the plan to eliminate the Academic Libraries survey. A few suggestions:

  • State your position on this proposal, e.g.: “I oppose the plan to eliminate the Academic Libraries survey.”
  • If applicable, identify your relevant background, e.g.: “I am an advocate with the American Library Association/Association of College and Research Libraries, and I work as a university library.”
  • Explain why you oppose this proposal, e.g.: “The unique longitudinal data of the Academic Libraries survey provides crucial information about changes and trends in college and university libraries.”
  • If you have used Academic Libraries survey data, describe how you used the data and why it was valuable to you. 
  • For more information, see the comments filed by ALA, ACRL, and other library associations
  • Comments should be polite and clear.

Thank you for supporting libraries!