126 · Representative Documents: Regional Accrediting Agency Reports
University of Colorado at Boulder
Examples of University Libraries Evidence for Criteria 1, 3, 4, 5 of the North Central Association Higher
Learning Commission Requirements for Re-accreditation 2010
• Routine analysis of Senior Survey library-related responses, frequent use of focus groups
representing primary audiences, and administration of a national survey instrument to both
evaluate current offerings and plan new services
• The Libraries is valued as a community resource for general and specialized information for
personal, educational, and professional needs. As an example, the Business Library is
frequented by the business community.
• Community members access the Libraries web site and online catalog, use resources onsite,
attend events, and visit exhibits.
• Community members volunteer to support the Libraries as members of the Friends of the
Library and as BookFinders helping students to locate items in the stacks.
• The Libraries receives fiscal support for major projects and special purchases from both the
campus and the community and via its Friends group and the University Foundation.
Important note about the University Libraries:
In comparison to our ten most closely aligned AAU peer institutions, the University
Libraries is ranked last in terms of collections, staff, and total expenditures. In fact the
Libraries’ staffing level is nearly half that of the next lowest ranked AAU peer library.
Because this significantly low staffing requires considerable reliance on student
assistants, recent cuts to the Libraries’ student budget have posed serious challenges.
(Please see separately attached comparison charts.)
Planning and Promotions Librarian
University Libraries, 184 UCB
11 November 2008