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ACRL, IPEDS, and National Surveys

Support, guides and tutorials for PALNI libraries completing the ACRL, IPEDS, and other national surveys.

Survey News and Updates!

illustration of coffee mug and clipart newspaper on yellow table. green background.This guide is has been updated to reflect changes in survey tools and processes for the 2022-2023 data year reporting cycle. 

Getting Started

This LibGuide includes documents and tutorials to support PALNI libraries that are reporting for the annual IPEDS, ACRL, ATS/ATLA and other national statistics surveys. 

All PALNI libraries run OCLC WMS, with Report Designer and License Manager.

The Analytics Admin Team requests that all PALNI libraries participate in the ACRL survey. Libraries need not submit a complete survey, but may respond with a partial survey for the required IPEDS data points. Including your IPEDS data in the ACRL survey allows the Admin Team and PALNI staff to do internal analysis and benchmarking to support PALNI data-driven decision-making and assist member libraries with comparison analysis. 

Important Notes

  • Use the LibGuides tabs for quick instructions. More detailed information, if desired, is in the PDF documents below.
  • Most reports and templates will require customizations to account for local library practices
  • Not every data point can be answered with Analytics reports and some reports will only provide a portion of the data needed
  • Additional work in Excel/spreadsheet software may be needed for calculations and analysis
  • We strongly recommend completing ACRL first and then using that data to complete IPEDS

Need More Assistance? We are happy to work with PALNI library directors and staff via individualized consultations to help with gathering data, reporting data, retrospectively providing past data or corrections, and using survey data for analysis and benchmarking.

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Due February 28, 2024


In 2023, the ATS survey has been redesigned to align with IPEDS. Use IPEDS instructions for the appropriate data points.

Due December 8, 2023

PALNI Help Documents

Video Tutorials