Shawn Calhoun


Lisabeth ChabotAs the ACRL liaison to the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC), I attend CIC’s annual Institute for Chief Academic Officers.   CIC is a major national service organization for small and mid-sized, independent, liberal arts colleges and universities in the U.S.  CIC focuses on providing programs and services that assist member institutions in improving educational offerings, administrative and financial performance, and institutional visibility.  The theme for the 2016 Institute was “New Realities, New Solutions”.

My session was titled “Academic Libraries and High-Impact Educational Practices”.   Higher education institutions are increasingly being asked to demonstrate their value and to assess defined outcomes.   As small and mid-sized, independent, liberal arts colleges and universities, CIC members are positioned to offer programming, resources, and services that are student-focused and incorporate high-impact practices. Using George Kuh’s High-Impact Educational Practices (AAC&U), I highlighted ways in which academic libraries, as key contributors to holistic student success, are actively engaged in high-impact practices and shared strategies for fostering high-impact practices, including campus partnerships, student engagement, support for student academic success, co-curricular success, and personal development.  I also discussed approaches for engaging faculty in high-impact practices via library-based activities.

As at previous institutes, I found the deans and provosts to be very interested in the library’s contribution to student success.  I provided a handout with links to selected CIC-member projects from ACRL’s Assessment in Action (AiA) initiative.

I also offered a breakfast session on ACRL’s 2016 Top Trends for Academic Libraries and provided a handout with links to selected resources from the report.   Session attendees had questions about library staffing, library leadership, and space planning/renovations.   I attended a roundtable discussion on collaborative space planning/exploration.  Academic libraries were frequently mentioned as targets for collaboration in terms of evolving services, co-location of student and faculty support services, and student-centered spaces.

As a result of the Institute, one library is sending staff to visit my library and I will be working with additional libraries via on-site visits.

Lisabeth Chabot
College Librarian
Ithaca College Library

Team-Based Collaborative Assessment: Working Together to Assess Student Learning and Success

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Nov 192016

While the date for the livestream has passed, we encourage librarians to consider inviting others on campus to watch the recorded version together. And with the holidays quickly approaching you also might want to plan your viewing party for early in the new year.

Team Based Assessment Collaborative approaches to assessment are emerging as an effective practice for building campus assessment culture and commitment to student success; however, we all know that collaboration requires more than a mandate that units should “work together.”

Over the past 3 years, almost 200 campus teams have worked to investigate how libraries contribute to student learning and success and documenting emerging and best practices in library service design and delivery. Because of these investigations, we have compelling evidence that students benefit from library instruction in their initial coursework, library use increases student success, collaborative academic programs and services involving the library enhance student learning, information literacy instruction strengthens general education outcomes, and library research consultation services boost student learning.

The project reports and reflections from the team leaders also provide strong evidence that collaborative assessment fosters an understanding of functions and roles of different campus constituents, supports important conversations, encourages commitment to assessment that extends beyond one project, and promotes sustainable organizational change.

Intrigued? Please join Taskstream on Wednesday, November 16th at 2 pm ET for an exclusive webinar, “Team-Based Assessment: Collaborating for a Campus Message About Student Learning,” (now available on-demand) presented by Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Karen Brown from Dominican University.

The webinar will present an overview of best practices in team-based collaborative assessment in the Association of College and Research Libraries’ Assessment in Action (AiA) project, which was supported by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The design of AiA was based on community of practice and action research models as well as concepts of reflective leadership and effective advocacy principles.

By Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe – Professor and Coordinator for Information Literacy Services and Instruction – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Assessing and Communicating Library Contributions to Student Learning and Success through Action Research

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Nov 052016

Register now for the preconference Assessing and Communicating Library Contributions to Student Learning and Success through Action Research to be held Wednesday, March 228:30 a.m.3:30 p.m. at the ACRL 2017 conference in Baltimore, MD.


Higher education institutions of all types are facing intensified attention to assessment and accountability issues. Academic libraries are increasingly connecting with colleagues and campus stakeholders to design and implement assessment that documents their contributions to institutional priorities. In this day-long workshop on strategic and sustainable assessment, participants will identify institutional priorities and campus partners, design an assessment project grounded in action research, and prepare a plan for communicating the project results. This workshop is based on the highly successful ACRL Assessment in Action program curriculum.

Learning outcomes:

  • Apply action research as a means to designing robust assessment plans, practices, and processes.
  • Implement assessment practices that document the impact of libraries on student learning, academic programs and activities, and institutional initiatives.
  • Collaborate with key campus partners to plan and conduct assessment that aligns library outcomes with institutional initiatives, priorities, and assessment activities
  • Use the results of assessment and action research to foster support for library contributions to student learning and success.

Presenters: Karen Brown, Professor at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science, Dominican University; Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe, Coordinator for Information Literacy and Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Melanie Sellar, Lecturer at San José State University’s School of Information and Senior Instructional Designer at Loyola Marymount University’s School of Education; Brandy Whitlock, Professor and Instruction Librarian at Anne Arundel Community College

Preconference Registration Fees

ALA Member $190
Nonmember $230
Full-time Library School Student $80
Retired ALA Member $80
Nonsalaried/unemployed ALA Member $80

For more information about this and other preconferences at ACRL 2017, see

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