The Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) is the higher education association for librarians. Representing more than 12,000 academic and research librarians and interested individuals, ACRL (a division of the American Library Association) is the only individual membership organization in North America that develops programs, products and services to help academic and research librarians learn, innovate and lead within the academic community. Founded in 1940, ACRL is committed to advancing learning and transforming scholarship.
One of ACRL’s three strategic goals is that, “Librarians accelerate the transition to a more open system of scholarship.” As part of ACRL’s own commitment to scholarly publishing and open access, the full archive of ACRL’s official scholarly research journal College & Research Libraries is now freely available online, from 1939 through the current issue. By sponsoring the Accelerating Science Award Program (ASAP), ACRL is meeting an important strategic objective of promoting new means to reward and value open scholarship.