Sunday, I presented a workshop at the Library Assessment Conference called, “Library Value: Conceptualizing, Capturing, & Communicating Impact.” Through a combination of mini-lectures, discussions, and hands-on activities, we engaged these four questions:

  1. What is academic library value, when viewed through an insitutional value lens?
  2. What library services, expertise, and resources have insitutitonal value on your campus?
  3. How can you capture evidence of that value?
  4. What can you do with evidence of value once you have it?

In order to engage the first question, workshop attendees participated in an activity identifying the “focus areas” of their institution, so that they could consider which library services, expertise, and resources align with those institutional focus areas. This activity was drawn from my new workbook, Academic Library Value: The Impact Starter Kit.

Based on workshop attendees’ feedback, I thought I’d share this activity with all of you. You can find it online at http://meganoakleaf.info/publications.html. I hope you find it useful in engaging in your own reflections and discussions as your pursue your library value efforts!

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