The team from OCLC Research which is developing a new action-oriented agenda on library contributions to student learning and success has released a second draft (PDF). Team members seek your input and reactions via the feedback form by February 17, 2017.
Learn about the team’s continued progress and next steps during ACRL’s Update on the Value of Academic Libraries Initiative at ALA Midwinter meeting on Sunday, January 22, 2017, 1:00 PM – 2:30 pm. In this session, join ACRL’s Value of Academic Libraries committee chair to hear the context for this work along with OCLC Research’s project director and project team members. Ask questions and give your feedback on the second draft.
Find out more about the scope of the agenda and background on the project website or by watching the recording of a November ACRL online forum.
Many interested conference attendees braved the snow on Sunday, January 31st and came to hear an update on the Value of Academic Libraries Initiative. Slides from the presentation are linked below. Highlights included:
If you are using posters, fliers, or other means to publicize the value of academic libraries, please let us know!
You may download slides from the presentation here.
An update on the work of the Value of Academic Libraries committee was presented at a Sunday afternoon forum at ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas. Lynn Silipigni Connaway and Melissa Bowles-Terry, incoming chair and vice-chair of the committee, shared information regarding the committee’s work and led a discussion about the Assessment in Action program. Highlights from the presentation included:
1. A Task Force on Standards for Proficiencies for Assessment Librarians and Coordinators has been formed with the charge:
To develop a list of proficiencies required of assessment librarians and other librarians who contribute to assessment programs at their institutions, focusing on broad areas of proficiency rather than a comprehensive list of skills; consider similar documents such as ACRL’s “Standards for Proficiencies for Instruction Librarians and Coordinators” and RUSA’s “Professional Competencies for Reference and User Services Librarians;” outline an approach to assist individuals and organizations in selecting the proficiencies most appropriate for their environment; and follow the standards development requirements in the ACRL Guide to Policies and Procedures.
2. We are preparing a poster campaign with posters that can be customized by any institution. Posters provide examples of the research that demonstrates library value, citing studies from the literature in higher education.
3. The first cohort of Assessment in Action participants presented posters at ALA Annual, and this fall ACRL will release their project descriptions as well as a paper synthesizing results of the first year of the program. The second cohort has begun its work, and those interested in participating in the third year of Assessment in Action should look for applications available in January 2015.
Thanks to those who attended the session, and especially to those who shared their experiences with Assessment in Action. If you missed the session, please see the slides below!
ACRL VAL Update, 2014 Annual, LasVegas