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Academic Libraries Information Center

The Academic Libraries Survey (ALS), formerly conducted by the Census Bureau, has now been integrated into the IPEDS 2014-15 Spring Collection. All libraries serving degree-granting, Title IV postsecondary institutions in the U.S. and other jurisdictions are required to report information. The resources available in the information center provide guidance on the integration process and supplementary instructions for completing the new IPEDS Academic Libraries (AL) component.


Registration Process:

Because the 2014-15 collection cycle will be the first where the former ALS will be integrated into IPEDS, the registration process will differ. Contact information for previous ALS respondents (now called Academic Libraries contact) and library directors have been loaded into the IPEDS Data Collection System, where possible. Keyholders and coordinators are encouraged to reach out to the preloaded contacts to verify that they will assist with the AL component again and to update the information for the Academic Libraries Contact, as future correspondences will be communicated with this person. Academic Libraries Director contact information was only loaded for reference and does NOT need to be updated, unless coordinators and keyholders wish to identify an additional person to receive AL communications from IPEDS. Where contacts are not listed, keyholders and coordinators are encouraged to determine who will be submitting AL, and to enter their contact information into the Data Collection System so that we can include these folks in our communications. To find AL contact information:

  • If your Login starts with P: Under the Tools menu, on the Registration page
  • If your Login starts with any number: Under the Tools menu, on the Old AL Contact List from Legacy System page

Additionally, eligibility for the AL is determined using a question about library expenditures in the IPEDS IC Header, which also opens during the registration period. Only libraries with expenditures greater than $0 will be asked to complete the AL component. Keyholders and coordinators are encouraged to reach out to AL contacts or library directors to determine this information.


2014-15 Important Dates:
May 28 – July 18, 2014 Keyholders and coordinators are encouraged to update the AL contact and library director information in the Data Collection System (see above note).
August 6, 2014 Registration opens. Keyholders are encouraged to update the AL contact and library director information in the Data Collection System and answer the question about library expenditures in the IC Header to determine AL eligibility as part of the annual IPEDS registration process (see above note).
August 27, 2014 Registration should be completed by this date.
December 10, 2014 Academic Libraries collection opens.
April 8, 2015 Academic Libraries collection closes for keyholders.
April 22, 2015 Academic Libraries collection closes for coordinators.

Resources:
Previous ALS resources:

Further questions about the Academic Libraries component can be addressed by the IPEDS Help Desk at 1-877-225-2568 or ipedshelp@rti.org.

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