Value of Academic Libraries Statement
The Value of Academic Libraries Statement articulates the various ways academic libraries provide direct and indirect value to institutions of higher education.
Use the Value of Academic Libraries Statement to develop your own talking points and “elevator speeches” highlighting the essential role that academic libraries play as “one of the few units in a modern institution of higher education that can provide an impact on all realms of institutional importance, from student enrollment to faculty productivity to institutional reputation, while balancing services and resources for all constituency groups and stakeholders in higher education.”
Approved by the ACRL Board of Directors on June 25, 2016, the Value of Academic Libraries Statement was authored by Adam Murray (James Madison University) and Lorelei Tanji (University of California, Irvine), members of the ACRL Value of Academic Libraries Committee.
VAL poster template (Customizable PPT template)
VAL poster (Downloadable PDF, without customization)
The PowerPoint file above can be downloaded and modified to include your library’s name and logo. The slides are set at 24″ x 36″ for large-format printing, but can be modified. The posters cite studies from Portal: Libraries and the Academy and Evidence Based Library and Information Practice that indicate students who make use of library resources have higher retention rates and GPA.
If you use the posters in your library or on your campus, please share pictures! You can find ACRL on Twitter @ALA_ACRL.