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ARL, ACRL, ALA Extend Joint Advisory Task Force on IPEDS Academic Libraries Component Definitions

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The Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL), and the American Library Association (ALA) have extended their Joint Advisory Task Force through August 31, 2022, to continue efforts to bring the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) Academic Libraries component up-to-date and in-line with current library practices. The ACRL/ARL Joint Advisory Task Force will develop recommendations regarding definitional issues and responses to questions raised by the academic library community in the area of shared print and electronic collections. IPEDS accepted the task force’s previous recommendations and implemented them in the 2015, 2016, and 2019 survey cycles.

“I am delighted that ACRL and ARL are continuing to work together to identify the data points needed in the national data gathering efforts to better understand the state of academic and research libraries in the US,” said ACRL executive director Mary Ellen K. Davis.

“There is wide recognition that the IPEDS Academic Libraries component will better reflect library collections and services in future years as a direct outcome of the work of the ACRL/ARL Joint Advisory Task Force,” said ARL executive director Mary Lee Kennedy. “We appreciate the library community’s participation in these discussions.”


About the Association of Research Libraries

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 124 research libraries in Canada and the US whose mission is to advance research, learning, and scholarly communication. The Association fosters the open exchange of ideas and expertise, promotes equity and diversity, and pursues advocacy and public policy efforts that reflect the values of the library, scholarly, and higher education communities. ARL forges partnerships and catalyzes the collective efforts of research libraries to enable knowledge creation and to achieve enduring and barrier-free access to information. ARL is on the web at ARL.org.

About the Association of College & Research Libraries

The Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) is the higher education association for academic libraries and library workers. Representing more than 10,000 individuals and libraries, ACRL (a division of the American Library Association) develops programs, products, and services to help those working in academic and research libraries learn, innovate, and lead within the academic community. Founded in 1940, ACRL is committed to advancing learning and transforming scholarship. Find ACRL on the web, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

About the American Library Association

American Library Association (ALA) is the foremost national organization providing resources to inspire library and information professionals to transform their communities through essential programs and services. For more than 140 years, ALA has been the trusted voice of libraries, advocating for the profession and the library’s role in enhancing learning and ensuring access to information for all. For more information, visit ala.org.