Assessment in Action LogoThe application deadline for the ACRL program “Assessment in Action: Academic Libraries and Student Success” (AiA), has been extended to 5 p.m. Central, Wednesday, March 25, 2015.

Explore how your library contributes to student success during this 14-month program, made possible by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and described on the ACRL website. Librarians from the successful applicants will each lead a campus team in developing and implementing an action learning project which examines the impact of the library on student success and contributes to assessment activities on campus. The librarian team leaders will be supported in this work by a professional development program with sequenced learning events and activities at key junctures. The AiA program, a cornerstone of ACRL’s Value of Academic Libraries initiative, employs a blended learning environment and a peer-to-peer network. It is undertaken by ACRL in partnership with the Association for Institutional Research and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities.

Institutions that participated previously in AiA may apply to participate a second time, or institutions applying for the first time may submit two applications for two teams and projects. In the first essay describing the proposed project, they should explain briefly why a second team/project would be helpful to their institution.

ACRL is now offering up to 20 scholarships that would underwrite half of the $1200 registration fee. Scholarships will be awarded to institutions that have demonstrated the strongest commitment to support the team’s project over the course of the AiA program and the clearest connection between the team’s project goals and institutional priorities. On the application form, each applicant will be asked to indicate whether their institution is seeking a scholarship.

ACRL will use this third year of the AiA grant to inform how it can best support the community in developing and carrying out assessment projects going forward. The IMLS grant covered the majority of the costs for developing the AiA program and for delivering it the first two years. The third year of the grant marks a transition year to determine if this program is sustainable or if other models better address the needs of the community.

Learn more about the program in from the recording / presentation slides of an online open forum held February 10 for prospective applicants. Strong results from AiA teams are already evident in the recently released report synthesizing more than 70 projects from the first year with an accompanying executive summary to share broadly with campus stakeholders and a searchable online collection of individual team project descriptions. A second year of AiA is well underway with an additional 70 institutional teams.

Read full details about participating in the third year and apply online by 5 p.m. Central, Wednesday, March 25, 2015. Applicants will be notified of their status by COB Friday, April 17. Contact ACRL Senior Strategist for Special Initiatives Kara Malenfant with questions.

 

Assessment in Action LogoACRL is pleased to announce the selection of two new facilitators for the program “Assessment in Action: Academic Libraries and Student Success” (AiA), made possible by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. They are:

  • Eric Resnis, who serves in a dual appointment as Assessment Coordinator in the Center for Teaching, Learning, and University Assessment and as Organizational Effectiveness Specialist in the Libraries at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio
  • John Watts, ‎Undergraduate Learning Librarian at University of Nevada Las Vegas

“We are so pleased to have Eric and John join the facilitation team. They each bring valuable skills and knowledge that will ensure that AiA continues to engage a robust learning community,” said Mary Ellen K. Davis, ACRL executive director. “As the higher education association for librarians, ACRL remains well poised to continue supporting academic libraries in demonstrating alignment with and impact on institutional outcomes.”

Strong results from AiA teams are already evident in the recently released report synthesizing more than 70 projects from the first year with an accompanying executive summary to share broadly with campus stakeholders and a searchable online collection of individual team project descriptions. A second year of AiA is well underway with an additional 70 institutional teams and a third year of AiA will start this spring, creating a significant impact on the profession’s capacity to demonstrate, articulate, and promote the value of academic and research libraries.

“As AiA team leaders themselves during the first year of the program, John and Eric bring valuable firsthand experience with what it takes for librarians to lead campus teams in assessing library impact on student learning and success,” said AiA co-lead facilitator Debra Gilchrist, vice president for learning and student success, Pierce College, WA. “We were fortunate to have had a strong pool of applicants to serve as facilitators and saw this as evidence that a healthy community of practice is developing with a deep commitment to collegial, peer support,” added AiA co-lead facilitator Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe, coordinator for information literacy and professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Resnis and Watts join Gilchrist, Hinchliffe and other AiA facilitators April Cunningham, library instruction coordinator at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, CA; and Carrie Donovan, head of teaching & learning for the Indiana University Libraries in Bloomington, IN. They collaborate closely with ACRL staff member Kara Malenfant and Karen Brown, professor at Dominican University’s Graduate School of Library and Information Science who serves as project analyst and grant evaluator.

Applications to participate in the third year of the program are still being accepted. Find out more about AiA on the program homepage. The AiA program, undertaken by ACRL in partnership with the Association for Institutional Research and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, is a cornerstone of ACRL’s Value of Academic Libraries initiative.

 

If you are working on an assessment project using national datasets to demonstrate the value of academic libraries in higher education, you may be interested in this grant from the Association for Institutional Research (AIR), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).


 

The Association for Institutional Research (AIR), with support from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), operates a research and dissertation grant program that supports research on a wide range of issues of critical importance to U.S. higher education.

NSF and NCES support grants that focus on increasing the number of researchers using national datasets and that demonstrate the contribution these datasets make to the national base of knowledge on higher education policy, theory, and practice.
Two levels of grants are offered:

  • $40,000 Research Grants
  • $20,000 Dissertation Grants

Information on both grant opportunities can be found on the Grants Overview Web page.
Assistance is available from the AIR grant staff at grants@airweb.org or 850-385-4155 x200.
The proposal deadline is March 24, 2015.

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