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Pay it Forward: Mentoring New Information Professionals

ACRL: Pay it ForwardCHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of the fourth installment in the association’s Active Guides series “Pay it Forward: Mentoring New Information Professionals” by Mary Ann Mavrinac and Kim Sytmest.

“Pay It Forward” provides a unique perspective on mentoring by examining aspects of the relationship from the points of view of both mentor and mentee. Mavrinac and Sytmest describe the benefits of mentoring to each participant, and the profession as a whole, in forming a mentoring partnership.

The fourth title in the ACRL Active Guides series, “Pay It Forward” also provides helpful tips on mentoring, a leadership focus tool and insight to encourage new information professionals to seek out mentoring partners and to encourage more seasoned information professionals to act as mentors to newly minted librarians.

via ALA Press Release | American Library Association.

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ACRL releases 2010 Academic Library Trends and Statistics

The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) has announced the publication of “2010 Academic Library Trends and Statistics“, their latest annual publication that describes the collections, staffing, expenditures and service activities of academic libraries. The three-volume set includes associate of arts institutions, master’s colleges and universities/baccalaureate colleges and research/doctoral-granting institutions.

The 2010 survey includes data from 1,514 academic libraries in six major categories:

  • Collections (including volumes, serials, multimedia)
  • Expenditures (library materials, wages and salaries, other operating)
  • Electronic Resources (including expenditures, collections, services, usage)
  • Personnel and Public Services (staff and services)
  • Ph.D.s Granted, Faculty, Student Enrollment
  • Faculty Rank, Status and Tenure for Librarians

The 2010 data show that the median unit cost of monographs increased slightly over 2009 for all types of academic libraries, while salary and wages expenditures as a percentage of total library expenditures remained unchanged for baccalaureate and comprehensive institutions, slightly decreased for doctoral institutions and increased almost 3 percent for associate degree-granting institutions.

Serial expenditures as a percentage of total library materials expenditures increased for all schools except doctoral degree-granting institutions. The percentage of student assistant staff as a percentage of total staff increased over 2009, ranging from a low of 20 increase at associate degree-granting institutions to a high of 32.14 percent at baccalaureate institutions.

The 3-volume set and individual volumes are available for purchase at the ACRL Store.


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