Provostial Advisory Group on Academic Planning – UT Librarians

In the current discourse, we are seeking research publications, survey and studies on topics related to the role of academic libraries and librarians in the academic planning process. Here is a selected list of some of the resources we are examining. If you have other relevant documents to support the role of academic libraries and librarians in the academic planning process, please contact Sheril Hook,, our representative on the Provostial Advisory Group:

ACRL and Oakleaf, Megan. Value of Academic Libraries. 2010. An executive summary is available:

American Library Directors. The ITHAKA Report by library directors for 2010. URL:  Ithaka S+R Library Survey 2010: Insights From U.S. Academic Library Directors.

Note: Quote supporting libraries as academic units rather than service units:

“In the past, academic libraries functioned primarily as information repositories; now they are becoming learning enterprises. This shift requires academic librarians to embed library services and resources in the teaching and learning activities of their institutions. In the new paradigm, librarians focus on information skills, not information access; they think like educators, not service providers.”14 p. 21.

Emmons, Mark and Frances C. Wilkinson. “The Academic Library Impact on Student Persistence” College & Research Libraries. 72:3 (2011). URL:

Note:  What impact does the academic library have on student persistence? This study explores the relationship between traditional library input and output measures of staff, collections, use, and services with fall-to-fall retention and six-year graduation rates at Association of Research Libraries member libraries. When controlling for race/ethnicity and socioeconomic status, a linear regression finds that a change in the ratio of library professional staff to students predicts a statistically significant positive relationship with both retention and graduation rates.*

Ingles, Ernie (Vice-Provost and Chief Librarian of the University of Alberta). Academic Plan Companion Document: Draft Version 2. Establishing a Framework for the Great Research Library. June 2010. URL:

Note: Ernie Ingles is now also Acting Director of the Library School.

White Turner, Brenda Gale. “Academic Librarians Participation in Shared Governance: Effects of Faculty Leaders’ Motivational Type” Ph.D. Dissertation. Florida State University (2004).

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