One of the ongoing objectives of the VAL Committee is to “leverage existing research to articulate and promote the value of academic and research libraries.”  The Assessment in Action program provides opportunities for librarian-led teams to investigate and report on research they conducted on their campus.  These projects will not only contribute to the body of research, but also provide examples for other libraries who may wish to conduct similar studies.

On Friday afternoon and Saturday morning, the first cohort of 75 11054451404_c313a4f6fd_mteams shared their project posters and provided examples of research conducted over the past year as part of their participation in  ACRL’s program “Assessment in Action: Academic Libraries and Student Success” (AiA).   The poster sessions were well attended and the quality of posters was excellent.  There is a wide range of projects conducted by librarian-led teams at their community colleges, colleges and universities and their projects examined the impact of the library (instruction, reference, collections, space, and more) on student learning/success.

 If you were not able to attend the poster sessions, you can read about their projects from the abstracts in the poster guide (pdf). Additionally, teams are submitting online final project reports, which will be analyzed and synthesized in a report released by ACRL later this year. The individual reports (including poster images) will also be available in a searchable online collection.

ACRL is undertaking 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, is made possible by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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Assessment in Action LogoComing to the ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas? Be sure to see assessment project posters presented by the first 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 75 teams will present posters during each time slot:

Assessment in Action: Year One Project Posters, Session I
Friday, June 27, 2014, 2-4pm
BALLY-Gold Room

Assessment in Action: Year One Project Posters, Session II
Saturday, June 28, 2014, 8:30-10:30am
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Learn more about these assessment projects from the abstracts in the poster guide (pdf). Additionally, teams are submitting online final project reports, which will be analyzed and synthesized in a report released by ACRL later this year. The individual reports (including poster images) will also be available in a searchable online collection.

ACRL is undertaking 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, is made possible by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

 

If you are planning on attending ALA in Las Vegas, the following sessions may be of interest to those of you following the VAL committee.

Assessment Project Posters will be available for viewing on two days:

  • Friday, June 27, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Bally’s Gold
  • Saturday, June 28, 8:30-10:30 a.m. Bally’s Skyview 6

Presented by the first participants in ACRL’s “Assessment in Action: Academic Libraries and Student Success” program, made possible by IMLS. Librarian-led teams carried out assessment projects at their colleges and universities examining the impact of the library (instruction, reference, collections, space, and more) on student learning/success. In each session, part of the teams will present posters.  Poster abstracts will be uploaded before ALA and we will provide the URL in this blog when the posters are available. Additionally, teams will be submitting online final project reports, which will be analyzed and synthesized in a report released by ACRL later this summer. The individual reports will be available in a searchable online collection.

Update Session on Value of Academic Libraries Committee work

  • Sunday, June 29, 1:00 – 2:30  Convention Center N255

In this session we will provide updates on actions taken by the Value committee during the past year, including information on the 2nd cohort for the Assessment in Action program, questions from the audience and answers from the committee regarding the AiA program, and an introduction to a publicity campaign we will kick off at ALA.  We will share marketing posters that can be used and branded by academic libraries.  This project is an effort to provide publicity materials so that you can promote how your library adds value on your campus.  Each poster cites a research study that supports statements demonstrating how we contribute to student success.

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