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

Hector Escobar


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.

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