Today’s academic librarians are connecting with campus partners in new and exciting ways to explore and express the value they bring to their institutions. As the higher education association for librarians, ACRL is committed to facilitating ways in which academic libraries can demonstrate their impact on institutional outcomes and student success. The “Assessment in Action: Academic Libraries and Student Success” (AiA) program, a cornerstone of ACRL’s Value of Academic Libraries initiative, provides guidance in developing the skills and capacity for campus leadership, including local data-informed and evidence-based advocacy, needed to foster these partnerships across the higher education community. Learn more about AiA during an online open forum at 1pm Central on Monday, December 9, 2013.
The three-year AiA program is aiding 300 postsecondary institutions of all types as they create engaged libraries of the future. Each selected institution has a team with a librarian and at least two people from other campus units, such as the assessment and institutional research offices along with academic departments. The librarians participate in a formal 14-month professional development program and lead their campus teams in developing and implementing action-learning projects. The projects investigate library impact and consider different aspects of the academic library (e.g., collections, space, instruction, reference, etc.) and must ultimately be tied to student learning or success.
Join AiA facilitator Lisa Hinchliffe and staff manager Kara Malenfant for this hour-long online open forum as they provide background on AiA, report on the assessment work of the first 75 institutions, and give details on how your institution can apply to be one of 100 additional participant teams starting the second year of the program in April 2014. Sign up now and invite others on campus who would be your potential team members to join you and participate in the forum together. The session is limited to 500 participants on a first-come, first-served basis, and there is no charge to participate. A recording of the forum will be posted on the ACRL website.
The online application for the second year of AiA will be available in mid-January 2014 and due in early March 2014. The AiA program, being undertaking in partnership with the Association for Institutional Research and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, is made possible with funding from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.