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
BALLY-Skyview 6

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.

 

The United States Department of Education’s Office of Postsecondary Education recently announced a new Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) competition First in the World (FITW). The program will provide multi-year grants to institutions of higher education to spur the development of innovations that improve educational outcomes, make college more affordable for students and families, and develop an evidence base of effective practices. The grant announcement explains that innovations can take many forms, such as those that improve teaching and learning by redesigning courses and student supports or by leveraging technological developments.

The FITW competition aims to increase postsecondary access, affordability and completion for underrepresented, underprepared or low-income students at institutions across the country. Applications are due June 30, and FIPSE is holding pre-application webinars May 28 and June 4 from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. EDT. See the First in the World website and the official Federal Register Notice for more details.

While ACRL is not eligible to apply, academic librarians could work with their own institutions and consortia to seek FITW funding. With $75 million dollars available, this could be a powerful mechanism for you to implement innovative strategies and effective practices which improve student outcomes. Use FITW as a catalyst to transform student learning, pedagogy, and instructional practices through creative and innovative collaborations on your campus. Leverage this as an opportunity to demonstrate alignment with and impact on institutional outcomes.

Think of ACRL when you develop your proposal. We can serve as a contractor to support your project in the following ways:

You may think of other ways ACRL could support you through our existing programs and services. Or perhaps you would benefit from having ACRL involved in a new way, as a full partner to offer more substantial support. To pursue any of these options as you develop your FITW proposals, be in touch with Kara Malenfant, ACRL’s senior strategist for special initiatives at kmalenfant@ala.org or 800-545-2433 ext 2510.

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