Sustainable Progress through Impact: The Value of Academic Libraries Project

Megan Oakleaf, Syracuse University
Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe, University of Illinois


Given the increasing emphasis on impact and outcomes, higher education administrators are making difficult decisions regarding the funding of programs and units and investments in libraries are questioned more than ever. Librarians must demonstrate their value in clear and measurable ways to leaders in higher education and information technology, funding agencies and campus decision makers in order to secure funding for their operations. The Value of Academic Libraries project by the Association of College and Research Libraries seeks to identify what research exists documenting library impact and where gaps occur in research about the performance of academic libraries.