Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Reviewing the Academic Library: A Guide to Self-Study and External Review

Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Reviewing the Academic Library: A Guide to Self-Study and External Review

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Reviewing the Academic Library: A Guide to Self-Study and External Review. Edited by Eleanor Mitchell and Peggy Seiden. Chicago: ACRL, 2015. 352 p. Paper $66.00 (ISBN: 978-0-8389-8783-4).

In Reviewing the Academic Library, Eleanor Mitchell and Peggy Seiden showcase a valuable array of tools and helpful tips from a noteworthy collective of authors who have extensive experience and strong backgrounds in their areas of expertise. The book focuses on the process of academic library evaluation for both accreditation and self-study reviews. It is structured in such a way that each chapter contributes to the book's theme while allowing each author to express their own thoughts and suggestions. Most chapters contain bulleted points of takeaways or things to consider. In addition to providing examples, Reviewing the Academic Library emphasizes the idea that reviewing the academic library is a beneficial endeavor, even when it is not required for accreditation purposes.

The book's 16 chapters are divided into three major sections: "Why review?" "Approaches to the process," and "Gathering supporting data-assessment methods." The first chapter explains regional accreditation and covers common themes associated with the library-related standards that typically are part of the reaccreditation process. Chapter 2 helpfully provides a list of regional accreditation agencies and highlights specific requirements for libraries. …

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