Debbie Malone (Debbie.malone@desales.edu) and Terry Taylor (TTAYLOR@depaul.edu) provided the information below regarding their work with the Value of Academic Libraries committee and the ACRL Liaison Coordinating Committee. They welcome your comments and questions!

In the 2012 report on ACRL Value of Academic Libraries Summit, Karen Brown and Kara Malenfant identified five major recommendations that came out of the summit work, and the fourth relates to expanding partnerships with higher education organizations to “collaborate on library impact activities and explore potential partnerships.” (p. 14) ACRL’s 15 current liaisons have been involved in this work for a number of years, and in 2013 the Value of Academic Libraries committee appointed a small subcommittee to work with the Liaison Coordinating Committee to bring together the work of our two committees and share information.

We began conversations with Kristen Kingsley, then chair of the Liaison Training and Development Committee, and we decided to ask liaisons to tell us about the major issues facing their target organizations.  The goal was to use these issues to see if the Value of Academic Libraries committee could provide resources and talking points for liaisons that could open the door to conversations on ways in which libraries could assist in tackling these key issues.

Some of the concerns facing these external organizations were unique, such as the SCUP (Society for College & University Planning) need for evidence that designing  “informal” learning spaces can relate to improving the student academic experience or the development of self-directed learning.  On the other hand, scholarly publishing and open access are concerns shared among a number of liaison target organizations, as is data management and curation.

We began our work on talking points with the goal of creating a unique document for each liaison and target organization.  As we advanced with the process, we realized that a document that included sections on all of the identified major issues would allow liaisons to pull the resources that were helpful for their particular needs, and it would be much easier to keep up date.

We met with liaisons at both the midwinter and annual conferences in 2013 and 2014, and sought their feedback on our basic outlines. The liaisons were immensely helpful in explaining what worked for them and what did not, and they provided additional resources that we had not considered. Juliann Couture, Interdisciplinary Social Science Librarian at the University of Colorado and liaison to the American Anthropological Association, provided most of the content on data management.

Our discussions with the liaisons led us to a new understanding of the challenges our liaisons face in working with this diverse group of external organizations as well as the successes they have had in promoting library value within their target groups. In an effort to publicize this work to the larger ACRL community, we began asking specific liaisons to write VAL blog posts about their efforts. We hope you have enjoyed reading these posts by Juilann Couture, University of Colorado, Boulder, on her work with the American Anthropological association, Danuta Nitecki, Drexel University, on her work with the Society for College and University Planning, Allison Ricker, Oberlin College,  on her work with the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and Mandy Swygart-Hobaugh, Georgia State University, on her work with American Sociological Association.

The liaison talking points document now includes sections on basic resources, scholarly publishing and open access, data management and curation, information literacy, which includes a sample letter introducing the new Information Literacy Framework to liaison target groups, library space planning and design, and altmetrics.  The document is available in ALA Connect at http://connect.ala.org/node/152263

We encourage comments and suggestions from ACRL Liaisons and the entire ACRL community. Please send comments to either Debbie Malone at Debbie.malone@desales.edu or Terry Taylor at TTAYLOR@depaul.edu.

 

The ACRL Value of Academic Libraries committee is pleased to make available customizable posters that cite research on the value of using academic libraries:

VAL poster template (Customizable PPT template)

The PowerPoint file above can be downloaded and modified to include your library’s name and logo. The slides are set at 24″ x 36″ for large-format printing, but can be modified.

The posters cite studies from Portal: Libraries and the Academy and Evidence Based Library and Information Practice that indicate students who make use of library resources have higher retention rates and GPA.

If you would like to use the posters without customization, we also have a PDF version available:

VAL poster (Downloadable PDF)

If you use the posters in your library or on your campus, please share pictures! You can find ACRL on Twitter @ALA_ACRL.

 

The first participants in ACRL’s Assessment in Action program presented results from their projects at poster sessions at ALA Annual in Las Vegas, and their results are also being disseminated in library publications and conference presentations. We’ re thrilled to see more value-related research making its way into the world, and will be featuring synopses of projects and a brief Q&A with team leaders here at the Value blog over the next year. A little later in 2014, you’ll also be able to read a full descriptive report for this and other AiA projects, along with a synthesis of all the first year AiA projects. Stay tuned for an announcement on the VAL blog.

The Impact of Library Games on the Information Confidence of UNIV100 Freshmen, Radford University

Questions for the Project: After ten years of use in the UNIV100 Freshman Orientation course, does the library game positively impact a student’s information confidence? If so, is the Library Challenge Game or the Mobile Scavenger Hunt the most effective? Information confidence is the ability to overcome one’s reluctance to use library services and resources, known to affect a student’s academic success.

Eric Ackermann, Head of Reference Services and Library Assessment at McConnell Library, Radford University

Eric Ackermann, Head of Reference Services and Library Assessment at McConnell Library, Radford University

Q&A with Eric Ackermann, Head of Reference Services & Library Assessment

Q: What was your greatest challenge during the course of your Assessment in Action project?

A: Finding the appropriate match between what we wanted to know and what was practical or feasible to know. In other words, adjusting the ambitions or expectations for what one will learn from an assessment project to what one has the ability or resources to actually learn from it.

Q: What is your #1 recommendation for other librarians who want to conduct an assessment project on student learning and success?

A: Develop and maintain a good working relationship with your institutional research unit (or academic assessment unit if a separate entity). It will repay your efforts handsomely in many ways. For example, terms of valuable statistical advice and developing your quantitative expertise, access to student data within acceptable legal practices, and building a positive reputation for the library as an active participant in what is important on your campus.

Q:  What is the #1 thing you gained through your participation in Assessment in Action?

A: An enhanced appreciation of the importance of the ability to communication your findings to a disparate group of potential stakeholders in a way that is both understandable and useful to each of them.

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