IMLS National Leadership Grants

In September 2012, ACRL was awarded a National Leadership Demonstration Grant by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) for the project “Assessment in Action: Academic Libraries and Student Success.” The grant funding of $249,330 will support ACRL, in partnership with the Association for Institutional Research (AIR) and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), and build on their IMLS 2011 Collaborative Planning Grant which convened two invitational summits, described below. With the second grant for this three- year project, a professional development program to strengthen the competencies of librarians in campus leadership and data-informed advocacy will be designed, implemented and evaluated.

In late September 2011, ACRL was awarded a National Leadership Collaborative Planning Grant by IMLS for the project “Building Capacity for Demonstrating the Value of Academic Libraries.” The grant funding of $99,985 supported ACRL — in partnership with the AIR, the APLU and the Council of Independent Colleges — in convening two national summits. In the first, a wide range of participants from the higher education sector discussed the data campus administrators would like libraries to provide and what collaborative assistance is available through institutional research offices. In the second, librarian participants addressed strategies to prepare the library community to document and communicate the library’s value in advancing the missions and goals of their colleges and universities.

A white paper from the summits, “Connect, Collaborate, and Communicate: A Report from the Value of Academic Libraries Summits,” is now freely available. The report — co-authored by Karen Brown, associate professor at Dominican University, and ACRL Senior Strategist for Special Initiatives Kara Malenfant — summarizes broad themes about the dynamic nature of higher education assessment that emerged from the summits.

You can find out more about the project in the grant proposal narrative (PDF) and in these announcements: