Readers of this blog may be interested in an online discussion hosted next week by the ACRL-ULS Committee on the Future of University Libraries. The discussion is free and will be held on Thursday, November 20 from 3-4 pm EST. To register, go to: https://acrl.webex.com/acrl/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=295479088
Some of the speakers and their projects have been featured here in the past.
- Just last month we highlighted Eric Ackermann‘s Assessment in Action project regarding the impact of library games on information confidence.
- We’ve been talking about the big library data project at University of Minnesota since 2012, and we have followed the publications resulting from that work.
Details about the online discussion follow.
Feeling pressed to prove that your library contributes to student success? Are administrators demanding evidence that funding the library helps retain and graduate students? While it may seem obvious to librarians that students would not succeed without the library, demonstrating that can be a challenge.
Read short descriptions of ways three libraries have effectively assessed their contributions to student success, and then join this online discussion, where assessment librarians will encourage discussion of various ways to measure and demonstrate how your library helps students succeed.
Eric Ackermann (Head of Reference Services and Library Assessment, Radford University) will speak on how his library has tracked how the library’s participation in freshman orientation and core courses has affected retention.
Jennifer L. Jones (Assessment & User Experience Librarian, Georgia State University) will explain how her library followed three cohorts of undergraduates to assess the effect of using library workstations, study rooms, and research clinics.
Shane Nackerud (Technology Lead for Libraries Initiatives, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities) and Janet Fransen (Engineering Librarian, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities) will discuss the big data model the library used in partnership with the university’s Office of Institutional Research to assess the library’s contribution to student outcomes.
The speakers have prepared background stories to help you prepare for this discussion. Find the descriptions of their successful projects at http://bit.ly/1utyvuS.