Other Reports


Academic Library Impact: Improving Practice and Essential Areas to Research (Association of College and Research Libraries, 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." Suggested actions for demonstrating the library's value, methods for data collection and analysis, and identifying priority areas and effective practices for future research are included.

Environmental Scan 2017 (Association of College and Research Libraries) [PDF]
"Every other year the ACRL Research Planning and Review Committee publishes a scan of the higher education environment with a focus on implications for academic libraries. The 2017 Environmental Scan builds on last year's Top Trends in Academic Libraries and the 2015 Environmental Scan, which discussed other notable topics of interest to the academic librarian community, including student success measurements and open educational resources. The topics discussed and reviewed in this year's Environmental Scan include higher education funding and costs, enrollment trends within higher education, evidence-based decision making in academic libraries, information literacy issues, competency-based education, digital preservation, open science, open data, curating research data, scholarly communication issues, open access and collection management trends, collection assessment and evaluation trends, research evaluation and metrics, planning and designing library spaces, and social justice issues related to libraries and higher education."

Ithaka S+R US Library Survey 2016 (ITHAKA, 2017) [PDF]
"The Ithaka S+R Library Survey 2016 examines strategy and leadership issues from the perspective of academic library deans and directors. This project aims to provide academic librarians and higher education leaders with information about chief librarians' visions and the opportunities and challenges they face in leading their organizations."

Top Technology Trends (LITA, midwinter and annual conferences)
The Library and Information Technology Association sponsors a public gathering of technology experts at each midwinter and annual conference of the American Library Association. This website captures a summary of the trends from each panel.

The Value of Academic Libraries [PDF]
A review of the quantitative and qualitative literature, methodologies and best practices currently in place for demonstrating the value of academic libraries, developed for ACRL by Megan Oakleaf of the iSchool at Syracuse University. The primary objective of this comprehensive review is to provide academic librarians with a clearer understanding of what research about the performance of academic libraries already exists, where gaps in this research occur, and to identify the most promising best practices and measures correlated to performance.


Enrollment and Employees in Postsecondary Institutions, Fall 2015; and Financial Statistics and Academic Libraries, Fiscal Year 2015: First Look (Provisional Data) (National Center for Education Statistics, 2017)
"This provisional First Look report includes fully edited and imputed data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) spring 2016 data collection, which included four survey components: Enrollment for fall 2015; Finance for fiscal year 2015; data on employees in postsecondary education for Fall 2015; and data for Academic Libraries for fiscal year 2015."

Institutional Versus Academic Discipline Measures of Student Experience: A Matter of Relative Validity (Steve Chatman, 2007)
Results from nearly 60,000 responses (38% response rate) to the University of California's census survey of undergraduates in 2006 found greater variance among majors within an institution than between equivalent majors across institutions.

Ithaka S+R US Faculty Survey 2015 (ITHAKA, 2016)
"Ithaka S+R's survey of US faculty members has been fielded regularly since 2000. This project provides a periodic snapshot of practices and perceptions related to scholarly communications and information usage. The scholar-centric nature of the questionnaire ensures that potential changes in research and teaching inform our thinking, not only about academic libraries and scholarly publishing, but about changes in the educational enterprise more broadly."

Library Data and Student Success (University of Minnesota Libraries, 2015)
"Can we tie library usage data to student success? Yes! The goal of this project: to show, using university metrics of success, what library use does for student success at the U of M. The Library Data and Student Success project is a partnership between the University of Minnesota Libraries and the Office of Institutional Research." A bibliography of current presentations and papers is included.

Most Americans - Especially Millennials - Say Libraries Can Help them find Reliable, Trustworthy Information (Pew Research Center, 2017)
Abigail Geiger, associate digital producer and writer, summarizes the results of a topline survey about public libraries conducted by Pew in 2016. Results are given for all U.S. adults, millennials, gen x, and boomers.

The NMC Horizon Report: 2017 Higher Education Edition (New Media Consortium, 2017) [PDF]
The top 10 highlights of this report about developments in educational technology include the need for cultural transformation, real-world skills, collaboration, equal access, nuanced skills, fluency in the digital realm, online/blended/mobile learning, agile learning ecosystems, more intuitive computers, and lifelong learning.

The NMC Horizon Report: 2017 Library Edition (New Media Consortium, 2017) [PDF]
"What is on the five-year horizon for academic and research libraries? Which trends and technology developments will drive transformation? What are the critical challenges and how can we strategize solutions? These questions regarding technology adoption and educational change steered the discussions of 77 experts to produce the NMC Horizon Report: 2017 Library Edition, in partnership with the University of Applied Sciences (HTW) Chur, Technische Informationsbibliothek (TIB), ETH Library, and the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL). This NMC Horizon Report series charts the five-year impact of innovative practices and technologies for academic and research libraries across the globe."

State of America's Libraries 2017: Academic Libraries (American Library Association, 2017)
The overall State of America's Libraries report for 2017 contains sections on different types of libraries, issues and trends, national issues and trends. The Academic Libraries section summarizes activities around asserting the value of academic libraries; changing collections and practices; and new roles, staffing, and salaries. The archive contains annual reports back to 2006.

Student and Faculty Technology Research Studies (EDUCAUSE Center for Analysis and Research, 2017)
"This hub provides findings from the 2017 student and faculty studies in the EDUCAUSE Technology Research in the Academic Community research series. ECAR collaborated with 157 institutions to collect responses from 13,451 faculty respondents across 7 countries about their technology experiences. ECAR also collaborated with 124 institutions to collect responses from 43,559 undergraduate students across 10 countries about their technology experiences."

Report Sources

Association of Research Libraries (ARL)
ARL is a nonprofit organization of 123 research libraries at comprehensive, research-extensive institutions in the US and Canada that share similar research missions, aspirations, and achievements. ARL compiles annual statistics and produces a number of comprehensive reports and publications. See especially its Statistics and Assessment Focus Area pages and its ARL Statistics website.

Council on Library and Information Resources
CLIR "is an independent, nonprofit organization that forges strategies to enhance research, teaching, and learning environments in collaboration with libraries, cultural institutions, and communities of higher learning." Rutgers University is a sponsor. "CLIR has published more than 170 reports on topics relating to preservation, digital libraries, economics of information, trends in information use, international developments, and the changing role of the library."

EDUCAUSE Center for Applied Research (ECAR)
"ECAR provides user data, higher education technology trends and practices, and collaboration opportunities for IT professionals and higher education leaders. ECAR is dedicated to improving IT's contribution to higher education."

"ITHAKA is a not-for-profit organization that works with the global higher education community to advance and preserve knowledge and to improve teaching and learning through the use of digital technologies. In two decades, we have launched three of the most transformative and widely used services in higher education: JSTOR, Portico, and Ithaka S+R - and recently our strategic alliance with Artstor has allowed us to further enhance our mission by facilitating access to its services for researchers, teachers, and students worldwide." "Ithaka S+R provides research and strategic guidance to help the academic and cultural communities serve the public good and navigate economic, technological, and demographic change." Included are: "reports on the effectiveness and affordability of online and hybrid forms of education, multi-institutional collaborations focused on increasing the degree attainment of low-income college students, and analysis of the changing research practices of scholars in different disciplines."

National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
NCES "is the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education in the U.S. and other nations. NCES is located within the U.S. Department of Education and the Institute of Education Sciences. NCES fulfills a Congressional mandate to collect, collate, analyze, and report complete statistics on the condition of American education; conduct and publish reports; and review and report on education activities internationally." "NCES conducts the Academic Libraries Survey as part of the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).

New Media Consortium (NMC)
"Recognized worldwide for our research on emerging technology, the NMC's research reports and other publications, the NMC has produced a steady stream of targeted research into a wide range of emerging ideas and technologies, including digital literacy, course apps, personalized learning, innovation in language education, Challenge Based Learning, and more. The NMC Horizon Project, the NMC's flagship research effort, has produced the NMC Horizon Report series for 15 years, with a readership of several million."

OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc. (OCLC)
"OCLC is a global library cooperative that provides shared technology services, original research and community programs for its membership and the library community at large." The Rutgers University Libraries are members of OCLC and its Research Library Partnership program. Among the many publications available from OCLC Research [http://www.oclc.org/research/publications/reports.html] are in-depth studies about research collections and support, user studies, and other topics.

Pew Research Center
"Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping the world. It conducts public opinion polling, demographic research, media content analysis and other empirical social science research."

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