New from ACRL – “Leading Together: Academic Library Consortia and Advocacy”

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “Leading Together: University Library Consortia and Advocacyby Irene MH Herold, a detailed overview of the current work of library consortia and how library and consortia staff can develop and execute advocacy plans.

University library consortia have advocacy power. Historically, consortia work with their members to create plans and tools around purchasing and sharing materials, advancing the use of open educational resources with your faculty, and many other important issues where influence and the group’s expertise can be put to good use. Advocating for the library within your institution, to stakeholders, and across the system in a unified way is an ever-evolving goal of consortia member leadership.

“Leading Together: Academic Library Consortia and Advocacy” aims to fill the void in the LIS literature of model consortia advocacy plans, actions, and evaluations. It provides an overview of the current landscape of consortia work, consortium advocacy frameworks and other groups, a workshop agenda that can be used to develop an advocacy plan and thoughts for the future.

There is strength in the voice of a consortium – it provides the opportunity to lead together under a unified plan and reinforces the concept that each library contributes the cohesive message needed to influence and persuade the agreed goals of the consortium. “Leading Together” provides tools for staff of university libraries belonging to consortia, staff of consortia and those interested in advocacy work.

“Leading Together: Academic Library Consortia and Advocacy” is available for purchase from to print and as Ebook through the ALA online store; in print via; and by phone order at (866) 746-7252 in the United States or (770) 442-8633 for international customers.


The Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) is the higher education association for college libraries and librarians. Representing more than 9,000 people and libraries, ACRL (a division of the American Library Association) develops programs, products and services to help those who work in academic and research libraries learn, innovate and lead within the university community. Founded in 1940, ACRL is committed to advancing learning, transforming scholarship, and building diverse and inclusive communities. Find the ACRL on the the Web, Facebook, Twitter, instagramand Youtube.

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