ALA Annual in Orlando was another great opportunity for members of the Value of Academic Libraries Committee (VAL), Assessment in Action (AiA) alums as well as facilitators, and many others to discuss the work we’ve been doing and collaborate on ways we can continue to move forward. Established in 2010, VAL is a multifaceted project intended to empower academic librarians with data and methods for demonstrating library value relative to institutional goals and objectives.

One of the key VAL initiatives over the last few years has been AiA. In 2012 ACRL was awarded a National Leadership Demonstration Grant of $249,330 by the Institute of Museum and Library Services for the program. The grant supported the design, implementation and evaluation of a program to strengthen the competencies of librarians in campus leadership and data-informed advocacy.

A few photos from the Assessment in Action Project Posters sessions Friday June 24th & Saturday June 25th.

AiA Poster Session - Photo courtesy of Karen Brown

AiA Poster Session – Photo courtesy of Karen Brown

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AiA Poster photo courtesy of Hope Houston

AiA Poster photo courtesy of Hope Houston

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AiA Poster Session - Photo courtesy of Elise Ferer

AiA Poster Session – Photo courtesy of Elise Ferer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AiA was developed in partnership with the Association for Institutional Research and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities and remains a cornerstone of ACRL’s Value of Academic Libraries initiative.  If you’re interested in learning more about any of the AiA projects check out our searchable AiA project site.

On Friday June 24th VAL AiA alums, facilitators and Committee members held our first “Assessment in Action Alumni Community of Practice” unconference where we discussed what we have learned over the last three years years and how we can build on AiA moving forward.

“Assessment in Action Alumni Community of Practice” Unconference - Photo via Shawn P. Calhoun

“Assessment in Action Alumni Community of Practice” Unconference – Photo via Shawn P. Calhoun

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Saturday June 25th Debbie L. Malone and Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe presented highlights of recent VAL work and the initiatives the committee has planed for the future (powerpoint VAL Update session for ALA Annual 2016).

Deb Malone - “Update on the Value of Academic Libraries” Photo via Shawn P. Calhoun

Deb Malone – “Update on the Value of Academic Libraries” Photo via Shawn P. Calhoun

Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe - “Update on the Value of Academic Libraries” Photo via Shawn P. Calhoun

Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe – “Update on the Value of Academic Libraries” Photo via Shawn P. Calhoun

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you have any questions about VAL/AiA contact one of the 2016 incoming VAL committee co-chairs Jaime Corris Hammond or Alan Carbery and please check out the VAL website for more!

“Assessment in Action” Project Posters at ALA Annual Conference

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Jun 142016
 

Assessment in Action LogoComing to the ALA Annual Conference in Orlando? Be sure to see assessment project posters presented by the second year participants in ACRL’s program “Assessment in Action: Academic Libraries and Student Success”(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. Part of the 48 teams will present posters during each time slot:

Assessment in Action: Third Year Project Posters, Session I
Friday, June 24, 2016, 2-4:00pm
Hyatt Regency Orlando, Regency Ballroom Q

Assessment in Action: Third Year Project Posters, Session II
Saturday, June 25th, 2016, 8:30-10:30am
Hilton Orlando, Florida Ballroom 1-3

Learn more about these assessment projects from the abstracts in the poster guide (pdf). Additionally, teams are submitting online posters and final project reports, which will be analyzed and synthesized in a report released by ACRL later this year. The individual reports and poster images will be available later this summer in a searchable online collection.

ACRL has undertaken 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, was made possible by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

ACRL Report Shows Compelling Evidence of Library Contributions to Student Learning and Success

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Apr 262016
 

Documented Library Contributions to Student Learning and Success: Building Evidence with Team-Based Assessment in Action Campus ProjectsA new report issued by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), “Documented Library Contributions to Student Learning and Success: Building Evidence with Team-Based Assessment in Action Campus Projects,” shows compelling evidence for library contributions to student learning and success. The report focuses on dozens of projects conducted as part of the program Assessment in Action: Academic Libraries and Student Success (AiA) by teams that participated in the second year of the program, from April 2014 to June 2015. Synthesizing more than 60 individual project reports (fully searchable online) and using past findings from projects completed during the first year of the AiA program as context, the report identifies strong evidence of the positive contributions of academic libraries to student learning and success in four key areas:

  1. Students benefit from library instruction in their initial coursework. Information literacy initiatives for freshmen and new students underscore that students receiving this instruction perform better in their courses than students who do not.
  2. Library use increases student success. Students who use the library in some way (e.g., circulation, library instruction session attendance, online databases access, study room use, interlibrary loan) achieve higher levels of academic success (e.g., GPA, course grades, retention) than students who did not use the library.
  3. Collaborative academic programs and services involving the library enhance student learning. Academic library partnerships with other campus units, such as the writing center, academic enrichment, and speech lab, yield positive benefits for students (e.g., higher grades, academic confidence, and retention).
  4. Information literacy instruction strengthens general education outcomes. Libraries improve their institution’s general education outcomes and demonstrate that information literacy contributes to inquiry-based and problem-solving learning, including critical thinking, ethical reasoning, global understanding, and civic engagement.

The three-year AiA program is helping over 200 postsecondary institutions of all types create partnerships at their institution to promote library leadership and engagement in campus-wide assessment. Each participating institution establishes a team with a lead librarian and at least two colleagues from other campus units. Team members frequently include teaching faculty and administrators from such departments as the assessment office, institutional research, the writing center, academic technology, and student affairs. Over a 14-month period, the librarians lead their campus teams in the development and implementation of a project that aims to contribute to assessment activities at their institution.

“The findings about library impact in each of the four areas described above are particularly strong because they consistently point to the library as a positive influencing factor on students’ academic success,” said  Karen Brown, who prepared the report and is a professor at Dominican University Graduate School of Library and Information Science. “This holds true across different types of institutional settings and with variation in how each particular program or service is designed.”

In addition, there is building evidence of positive library impact in five areas, although they have not been studied as extensively or findings may not be as consistently strong:

  • Student retention improves with library instructional services.
  • Library research consultation services boost student learning.
  • Library instruction adds value to a student’s long-term academic experience.
  • The library promotes academic rapport and student engagement.
  • Use of library space relates positively to student learning and success.

In addition to findings about library impact, participant reflections reveal that a collaborative team-based approach on campus is an essential element of conducting an assessment project and planning for subsequent action. Kara Malenfant, contributor to the report and a senior staff member at ACRL, noted, “The benefits of having diverse team members working together are clear. They achieve common understanding about definitions and attributes of academic success, produce meaningful measures of student learning, align collaborative assessment activities with institutional priorities, create a unified campus message about student learning and success, and focus on transformative and sustainable change.”

Read more in the full report “Documented Library Contributions to Student Learning and Success: Building Evidence with Team-Based Assessment in Action Campus Projects.” The executive summary is available as a separate document, formatted to share broadly with campus stakeholders.

Join a free ACRL Presents live webcast to hear more from the report authors on Monday, May 9, from 1:00 — 2:00 p.m. Central time (11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Pacific | 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Mountain | 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Central | 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Eastern.  Convert additional time zones online.) Submit your free registration online by Friday May 6, 2016. Login details will be sent via email the afternoon of May 6. The webcast will be recorded and made available shortly after the live event.

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