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ARL, ACRL, ALA Joint Advisory Task Force Continues to Clarify Academic Library Definitions in IPEDS Survey

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The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the Association of College & Research Libraries, American Library Association (ACRL, ALA) have extended the joint advisory task force 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.

ARL and ACRL formed a joint advisory task force in 2015 to provide advice to the US Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), which manages IPEDS, on the new IPEDS definitions and to clarify the changes to the academic library community. NCES accepted the advisory task force’s recommendations regarding definitional issues and responses to questions raised by the academic library community and implemented the recommendations in the 2015 and 2016 survey cycles. Although the advisory task force completed its original charge as of July 28, 2016, the group has identified issues requiring further deliberation that need to be considered.

The ACRL/ARL Joint Advisory Task Force on IPEDS Academic Libraries Component Definitions will develop recommendations regarding definitional issues and responses to questions raised by the academic library community in such areas as electronic serials usage, shared collections, and the US Bureau of Labor Statistics staffing codes for librarians by August 2019.

“The successful previous work of the task force and the recurring definitional issues around the Academic Libraries Component of IPEDS indicate the importance and value of continuing our efforts,” said Mary Ellen Davis, ACRL executive director.

“ARL’s ongoing partnership with ACRL to improve our national education statistics is a critical priority,” said ARL executive director Elliott Shore, “and we appreciate the library community’s participation in these discussions.”

Members of the ACRL/ARL Joint Advisory Task Force on IPEDS Academic Libraries Component Definitions include:


Robert Dugan, ACRL Academic Library Trends and Statistics Survey Editorial Board, University of West Florida, robert.dugan@gmail.com

Jennifer Paustenbaugh, Chair of the ARL Assessment Committee, Brigham Young University, jennifer_paustenbaugh@byu.edu


Stephen Bosch, University of Arizona, boschs@email.arizona.edu

Joyce Chapman, Duke University, joyce.chapman@duke.edu

Christopher Cody, NCES AL Survey Director, ccody@air.org

Theresa A. Fishel, Macalester College, fishel@macalester.edu

Steve Hiller, University of Washington, hiller@uw.edu

Marilyn K. Moody, Portland State University, marilynmoody@pdx.edu

Shaneka Morris, ARL staff, shaneka@arl.org

Mary Jane Petrowski, ACRL staff, mpetrowski@ala.org

Patricia Profeta, Indian River State College, pprofeta@irsc.edu

Kathy Rosa, ALA staff, krosa@ala.org

About the Association of Research Libraries

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 124 research libraries in the US and Canada. ARL’s mission is to influence the changing environment of scholarly communication and the public policies that affect research libraries and the diverse communities they serve. ARL pursues this mission by advancing the goals of its member research libraries, providing leadership in public and information policy to the scholarly and higher education communities, fostering the exchange of ideas and expertise, facilitating the emergence of new roles for research libraries, and shaping a future environment that leverages its interests with those of allied organizations. ARL is on the web at ARL.org, Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/association.of.research.libraries, and Twitter at @ARLnews.

About ACRL

The Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) is the higher education association for librarians. Representing more than 11,500 academic and research librarians and interested individuals, ACRL (a division of the American Library Association) develops programs, products, and services to help academic and research librarians learn, innovate, and lead within the academic community. Founded in 1940, ACRL is committed to advancing learning and transforming scholarship. ACRL is on the web at http://www.acrl.org/, Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ala.acrl, and Twitter at @ala_acrl.