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Setting Up an Academic Library
For information on starting an academic library - that is, a college or university library - begin with resources from the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL, a division of ALA)
ACRL--Association of College and Research Libraries
The Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) is the higher education association for librarians. Representing more than 11,000 academic and research librarians and interested individuals, ACRL 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.
Academic Library Building Design
ACRL and LLAMA have joined forces to provide a basic framework for architects, planners, and librarians embarking on the planning and design of libraries for higher education.
ACRL Guidelines, Standards, and Frameworks
ACRL is the source that the higher education community looks to for standards and guidelines on academic libraries.ACRL promulgates standards and guidelines to help libraries, academic institutions, and accrediting agencies understand the components of an excellent library. These standards, guidelines, and model statements are reviewed and updated by the membership on a regular basis.
ACRL publishes journals such as College & Research Libraries News, College & Research Libraries, Choice, and RBM, as well as books, statistics, and reports on academic librarianship.
ACRL Consulting Services
ACRL can help you prepare for a vibrant and successful future through our consulting and facilitation services. Delivered by a knowledgeable experienced team, ACRL consulting services can help plan, design, and facilitate organization processes and events to help your library innovate, lead, and thrive as a partner in your campus community.
Books on Setting Up an Academic Library