ACRL released the report Academic Library Impact: Improving Practice and Essential Areas to Research in September 2017. Developed for ACRL by OCLC Research, this valuable resource investigates how libraries can increase student learning and success and effectively communicate their value to higher education stakeholders. The full report is freely available for download or purchase.
A companion online tool, “Visualizing Academic Library Impact: The ACRL/OCLC Literature Analysis Dashboard” helps librarians and researchers filter the existing literature for studies most relevant to their research interests and visually explore the literature and other data in the form of charts and graphs.
ACRL offers Academic Library Impact Research Grants to support new research, particularly in the six priority areas suggested by the Academic Library Impact report. Also VAL Travel Scholarships support practicing librarians and information professionals presenting their work at higher education conferences or disciplinary conferences where they will reach audiences outside the library field.
Learn more about the report in this video overview: