ACRL is seeking applications from all types of higher education institutions for 125 teams to participate in the third 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 2015-June 2016. 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.
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. There is a registration fee of $1,200 for participating in the third year of the AiA program. For the first two years, the IMLS grant covered the majority of the costs for developing and delivering the AiA program; in the third year, the grant will subsidize only part of the costs.
Read full details about participating in the third year and apply online by 5 p.m. Central, Wednesday, March 4, 2015. There will be an online forum in February (date TBA) where you can learn more. 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, February 1, 2015, during the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Chicago.
Contact ACRL Senior Strategist for Special Initiatives Kara Malenfant with questions.
One of the ongoing objectives of the VAL Committee is to “leverage existing research to articulate and promote the value of academic and research libraries.” The Assessment in Action program provides opportunities for librarian-led teams to investigate and report on research they conducted on their campus. These projects will not only contribute to the body of research, but also provide examples for other libraries who may wish to conduct similar studies.
On Friday afternoon and Saturday morning, the first cohort of 75 teams shared their project posters and provided examples of research conducted over the past year as part of their participation in ACRL’s program “Assessment in Action: Academic Libraries and Student Success” (AiA). The poster sessions were well attended and the quality of posters was excellent. There is a wide range of projects conducted by librarian-led teams at their community colleges, colleges and universities and their projects examined the impact of the library (instruction, reference, collections, space, and more) on student learning/success.
If you were not able to attend the poster sessions, you can read about their projects from the abstracts in the poster guide (pdf). Additionally, teams are submitting online final project reports, which will be analyzed and synthesized in a report released by ACRL later this year. The individual reports (including poster images) will also be available in a searchable online collection.
ACRL is undertaking AiA in partnership with the Association for Institutional Research and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities. The program, a cornerstone of ACRL’s Value of Academic Libraries initiative, is made possible by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
If you are planning on attending ALA in Las Vegas, the following sessions may be of interest to those of you following the VAL committee.
Assessment Project Posters will be available for viewing on two days:
- Friday, June 27, 2:00 — 4:00 p.m. Bally’s Gold
- Saturday, June 28, 8:30-10:30 a.m. Bally’s Skyview 6
Presented by the first participants in ACRL’s “Assessment in Action: Academic Libraries and Student Success” program, made possible by IMLS. Librarian-led teams carried out assessment projects at their colleges and universities examining the impact of the library (instruction, reference, collections, space, and more) on student learning/success. In each session, part of the teams will present posters. Poster abstracts will be uploaded before ALA and we will provide the URL in this blog when the posters are available. Additionally, teams will be submitting online final project reports, which will be analyzed and synthesized in a report released by ACRL later this summer. The individual reports will be available in a searchable online collection.
Update Session on Value of Academic Libraries Committee work
- Sunday, June 29, 1:00 — 2:30 Convention Center N255
In this session we will provide updates on actions taken by the Value committee during the past year, including information on the 2nd cohort for the Assessment in Action program, questions from the audience and answers from the committee regarding the AiA program, and an introduction to a publicity campaign we will kick off at ALA. We will share marketing posters that can be used and branded by academic libraries. This project is an effort to provide publicity materials so that you can promote how your library adds value on your campus. Each poster cites a research study that supports statements demonstrating how we contribute to student success.