A number of white papers, position statements, reports from ACRL and ALA units, and the like have been produced over the years and published online. Below is a list of these items, which will continue to grow to reflect the work of the association and its members. Official ACRL Guidelines, Standards, and Global issues research papers can be found in the Guidelines, Standards, and Frameworks area of this site.
This occasional paper, published by the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment, synthesizes the results of the ACRL program Assessment in Action: Academic Libraries and Student Success, which involved over 200 campus teams led by librarians designing, implementing, and evaluating an action-learning project that sought to strengthen the competencies of librarians in campus leadership and data-informed advocacy. Developed for ACRL by OCLC Research, Academic Library Impact: Improving Practice and Essential Areas to Research investigates how libraries can increase student learning and success and effectively communicate their value to higher education stakeholders, and identifies the next generation of necessary research to continue to testify to library impact. This report synthesizes individual project reports from more than 50 campus teams which participated in the ACRL program Assessment in Action: Academic Libraries and Student Success from April 2015 to June 2016. Positive connections between the library and aspects of student learning and success in five areas are particularly noteworthy. These findings can be adapted to other settings with care and consideration to local context. Documented Library Contributions to Student Learning and Success: Building Evidence with Team-Based Assessment in Action Campus Projects. This report synthesizes more than 60 individual project reports from higher education institutions which participated in the second year of the ACRL program Assessment in Action: Academic Libraries and Student Success.