Update on ACRL Value of Academic Libraries Initiative at ALA MW

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Dec 162015

Join ACRL’s Value of Academic Libraries Committee for an update session on the Value of Academic Libraries initiative during the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Boston, Mass., on Sunday, January 10, 2016, 1:00 – 2:30 PM, in the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Room 253 C. Learn about a proposed new objective for ACRL’s strategic plan, the Plan for Excellence, to demonstrate how libraries advance issues of equity, access, institutional diversity, and inclusion.

In this session, four librarians will present examples of library programs that advance these issues and add value by contributing to university or college goals specifically regarding equity, access to college, and inclusion. They are:

  • Juleah Swanson, Head of Acquisitions Services, University of Colorado Boulder Libraries
  • Linda A. Kopecky, Head, Research Services, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Libraries
  • Jaime Hammond, Director, Naugatuck Valley Community College Library
  • Melissa Bowles-Terry, Head of Educational Initiatives, University of Nevada Las Vegas Libraries

We hope this panel will start a conversation among librarians and library staff about this potential new strategic objective related to the Value of Academic Libraries.

Assessment in Action (AiA) – An update from Nastasha E. Johnson at Purdue University Libraries

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Oct 122015
Natasha Johnson, librarian at the Math library. New faculty Purdue Libraries postcard (Mark Simons / Purdue University)

Natasha Johnson, librarian at the Math library. New faculty Purdue Libraries postcard (Mark Simons / Purdue University)

We asked participants in ACRL’s Assessment in Action (AiA) to share a few thoughts on their experience. Here is what Nastasha E. Johnson, Physical and Mathematical Sciences Information Specialist at the
Purdue University Libraries had to say about her project: “Embedded information literacy within an introduction to design process course: successive citation analyses and student reflections as an assessment of learning“:

Abstract: In this study, 160 students’ bibliographic work is analyzed over 3 assignments, and coupled with students’ successive perceptions of their IL skills over the course. Triangulation between themes in students’ IL skill perception, demonstrated citation analysis, and graded performance will be discussed. This project, supported by the Assessment In Action national initiative, was designed to inform the campus community and the larger library community about the impact of embedded library instruction on student performance and students’ IL skills perceived and actual.

1. What was your greatest challenge during the course of your Assessment in Action project? The greatest challenge during this process was managing a large amount of data, while working toward meaning both quantitatively and qualitatively. However, by pursuing both quantitative and qualitative meaning, I believe this project’s findings were strengthened. Our quantitative data obviously looked at students’ academic work performance. By seeking qualitative data, however, we specifically asked students to reflect and evaluate their skills throughout the project, which allowed instructors and librarians to reflect on their own instruction and performance.

2. What is your #1 recommendation for other librarians who want to conduct an assessment project on student learning and success? I recommend using several instructors and several sections of the same course in order to gain a more accurate picture of learning objectives and actual student performance. Also, by working with several instructors, a sense of unity and teamwork forms throughout the project and continues after the course concludes.

3. What is the #1 thing you gained through your participation in Assessment in Action? I felt extremely encouraged as a result of this study, which showed statistical significance in students’ academic growth, development, and competence in their information literacy skills as a result of the librarian cooperation with professors. I also gained the confidence to talk to stakeholders and campus administrators about library assessment and library impacts.

Thank you Nastasha for the great project!


Council of Independent Colleges + ACRL Value Committee

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Aug 272015

This blog post is one in a series of posts discussing the library value work being done by the ACRL Liaisons to non-library higher education organizations. The following post from Lis Cabot who writes about her liaison work with the Council of Independent Colleges.

The Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) is an association of nonprofit independent colleges and universities that works to advance institutional quality and increase awareness of the contributions of small and mid-size private institutions to society.  ACRL has co-sponsored many initiatives with the CIC. The Council was a co-sponsor of ACRL’s IMLS grant in support of the Value of Academic Libraries initiative. CIC also offers scholarships for college library directors to attend the ALA Annual Conference.    As the ACRL Liaison to CIC, I attend an annual Chief Academic Officers Institute where I offer programming that highlights the contributions of academic libraries to institutional effectiveness. Recent institutes have included Chief Student Affairs Officers and Chief Financial Affairs Officers. I shared examples of CIC member libraries collaborative campus projects with the Chief Student Affairs Officers. As a major employer of student workers, academic libraries contribute to student retention and recruitment. Several libraries develop residence hall programming and cultural activities. I find these administrators to be very interested in evolving library services, resources, and physical spaces.

Academic officers tend to be natural supporters of libraries and look to librarians for evidence of our contributions to teaching and learning success, as well as to institutional mission.   They are keenly interested in collaborative initiatives whereby academic libraries partner with other campus units.   Deans and provosts frequently cite budget challenges and applaud our efforts in the areas of resource sharing and consortia initiatives.   CIC goals align nicely with ACRL’s Strategic Goals in the Plan for Excellence. CIC is interested in making the case for independent higher education and fostering institutional effectiveness. Academic libraries work to demonstrate alignment with institutional outcomes.   CIC also focuses on forming collaborations to create and strengthen institutional programs. ACRL and academic libraries seek to leverage partnerships in support of mutual goals. CIC assists institutions in improving their educational offerings, administrative and financial performance, and visibility. This focus aligns nicely with ACRL’s goal of accelerating the transition to a more open system of scholarship and promotion of new structures that reward and value open scholarship.

CIC has also offered an annual workshop on Information Fluency in the Disciplines. Teams of faculty, librarians, and academic administrators from CIC schools are selected to participate in the workshops. During the workshop, the institutional teams focus on the development of local initiatives that introduce and reinforce information fluency skills in academic programs and/or academic disciplines. I facilitate some of the working sessions at the workshop and work with individual teams. I enjoy working with the teams and field inquiries post-workshop from several participants. I highlighted ACRL’s work on revisions to the Information Literacy Standards for Higher Education at the workshops. I also co-presented on institutional approaches to “Developing Information Fluency Across the Four Years”. I highlight the collaborative approach we use at Ithaca College, engaging disciplinary faculty in the identification of core student learning outcomes linked to specific library resources and services. As a result of my participation the workshop, I have been invited to a CIC member campus to present on our approach and to work with a group of faculty and librarians.

I report on my CIC activities to the College Library Section’s Executive Committee at Midwinter and Annual Conferences.   I have also forwarded relevant information to ACRL’s Strategic Goal Committees.

The ACRL-CIC relationship continues to be an opportunity for collaboration and engagement.   Given that CIC member institutions are small to medium-sized colleges and universities, they naturally focus on creating a compelling undergraduate experience. CIC academic officers and faculty continue to welcome and support the contributions of their libraries.



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