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Putting Assessment into Action

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Jan 282016
 

AiA coverACRL announces the publication of Putting Assessment into Action: Selected Projects from the First Cohort of the Assessment in Action Grant, edited by Eric Ackermann.

Are you new to library assessment? Are you tasked with conducting an assessment project and don’t know what methods to use, or which ones are the most effective (or practical)? The methodological issues addressed in Putting Assessment into Action are based on the real world, practical experience of librarians who participated in the first cohort of the ACRL Assessment in Action program. Unlike many books on this subject, this volume allows the selection of an appropriate assessment method(s) based on the activity or program being assessed without requiring extensive previous knowledge of research design, methods, or statistics.

Twenty seven cases are presented in arenas as varied as assessing fourth year undergraduate learning, first year experience, graduate student information literacy, technology facilities, assessing outreach services and space, and more. The cases feature 25 American and two Canadian institutions representing a wide range of institutional types from doctoral/research universities to baccalaureate/masters granting institutions to a tribal college and a community college. Putting Assessment into Action is appropriate for professional Library and Information Science collections in all types of libraries.

Putting Assessment into Action: Selected Projects from the First Cohort of the Assessment in Action Grant is available for purchase in print, as an e-book, and as a print/ e-book bundle through the ALA Online Store; in print and for Kindle through Amazon.com; and by telephone order at (866) 746-7252 in the U.S. or (770) 442-8633 for international customers.

Assessment in Action Comprehensive Bibliography Now Available

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Jan 052016
 

Assessment in Action LogoAs the higher education association for librarians, ACRL supports academic and research librarians as change leaders in their campus communities through programs like Assessment in Action: Academic Libraries and Student Success (AiA). The more than 200 participating AiA teams are contributing to innovation in higher education assessment by creating approaches, strategies, and practices that document the contribution of academic libraries to the overall goals and missions of their institutions.

Through AiA, librarian-led teams carried out assessment projects over 14 months at their community colleges, colleges and universities. The projects examined the impact of the library (instruction, reference, collections, space, and more) on student learning/success. Learn more in the new Assessment in Action Bibliography, listing dozens of journal articles, conference presentations and other public reports. This bibliography aims to be comprehensive, capturing all scholarly and practice-based literature and presentations about AiA and campus projects conducted as part of the AiA program by campus team members, facilitators, and ACRL staff.

Stay tuned for more on AiA results in the weeks ahead through:

  • AiA Project Synthesis: A report synthesizing the second year AiA projects and leadership of campus assessment teams will be coming out in early 2016. For the first year synthesis, see full report and executive summary to share broadly with campus stakeholders. Find first and second year poster abstracts, images and full project descriptions in a searchable online collection.
  • Putting Assessment into Action: Selected Projects from the First Cohort of the Assessment in Action Grant: This forthcoming ACRL case book, edited by Eric Ackerman, will showcase 27 short reflections by first year AiA team leaders on the inquiry methods they used in their assessment projects. Assembled into three groupings – Assessing Information Literacy and Library Instruction; Assessing Outreach, Services, and Spaces; and Longitudinal Assessment – the cases describe assessment methods used and the successes and/or failures of these methods along with lessons learned.
  • College and Research Libraries: The March 2016 special issue of ACRL’s scholarly journal will proudly features a selection of 7 action research studies by AiA teams, along with an introductory essay. The aim of the special issue is to help C&RL readers learn more about action research as an approach to scholarship and showcase examples of fruitful action research studies undertaken by AiA teams.

Update on ACRL Value of Academic Libraries Initiative at ALA MW

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Dec 162015
 

Join ACRL’s Value of Academic Libraries Committee for an update session on the Value of Academic Libraries initiative during the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Boston, Mass., on Sunday, January 10, 2016, 1:00 – 2:30 PM, in the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Room 253 C. Learn about a proposed new objective for ACRL’s strategic plan, the Plan for Excellence, to demonstrate how libraries advance issues of equity, access, institutional diversity, and inclusion.

In this session, four librarians will present examples of library programs that advance these issues and add value by contributing to university or college goals specifically regarding equity, access to college, and inclusion. They are:

  • Juleah Swanson, Head of Acquisitions Services, University of Colorado Boulder Libraries
  • Linda A. Kopecky, Head, Research Services, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Libraries
  • Jaime Hammond, Director, Naugatuck Valley Community College Library
  • Melissa Bowles-Terry, Head of Educational Initiatives, University of Nevada Las Vegas Libraries

We hope this panel will start a conversation among librarians and library staff about this potential new strategic objective related to the Value of Academic Libraries.

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