The Value of Academic Libraries Statement (approved by ACRL on June 25, 2016) articulates the various ways academic libraries provide direct and indirect value to institutions of higher education by 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.”
The statement consists of an executive summary, followed by longer talking points that illustrate how academic libraries provide critical direct and indirect value to institutions of higher education in the following areas:
- support recruitment, retention and matriculation,
- enhance student learning,
- support faculty research and teaching, and
- raise institutional visibility and contribute to the community.
Customizable posters to help us share this message with our students are available here: VAL-poster-template