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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, Friday, March 21, 2014. During this 14-month program, made possible by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and described on the ACRL website, librarians 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. They will be supported in this work by a professional development program with sequenced learning events and activities at key junctures. The AiA program, part of ACRL’s Value of Academic Libraries initiative, employs a blended learning environment and a peer-to-peer network.

Read full details about participating in the second year and apply online by 5 p.m. Central, Friday, March 21, 2014. Contact ACRL Senior Strategist for Special Initiatives Kara Malenfant with questions.

 

Assessment in Action LogoACRL is seeking applications from all types of higher education institutions for 100 teams to participate in the second year of “Assessment in Action: Academic Libraries and Student Success (AiA),” made possible by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and described on the ACRL website.

Librarians 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. They will be supported in this work by a professional development program with sequenced learning events and activities at key junctures. AiA employs a blended learning environment and a peer-to-peer community of practice over the course of the 14-month long program, which runs from April 2014-June 2015. The AiA program, undertaken ACRL in partnership with the Association for Institutional Research and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, is a cornerstone ACRL’s Value of Academic Libraries initiative.

In order to apply, each prospective institution must identify a team consisting of a librarian team leader and at least two additional team members from other campus units (e.g., faculty member, student affairs representative, institutional researcher, or academic administrator). The application requires two essays – the first describes the team’s project goals and the second describes the goals of the librarian team leader – and statements of support from the library dean/director and campus chief academic officer.

Read full details about participating in the second year and apply online by 5 p.m. Central, Friday, March 7, 2014. Learn more about the AiA program in a recorded online forum (one hour) from December 2013 or attend the session Update on ACRL’s Value of Academic Libraries Initiative to be held from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, January 26, 2014, during the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia.

Contact ACRL Senior Strategist for Special Initiatives Kara Malenfant with questions.

 

Assessment in Action LogoToday’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.

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