ACRL is seeking applications from all types of higher education institutions for 75 teams to participate in the first cohort of “Assessment in Action: Academic Libraries and Student Success (AiA),” made possible by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and described on the program homepage. Librarians will each lead a campus team in developing and implementing an action learning project which examines the impact of the library on student success and contributes to assessment activities on campus. They will be supported in this work by a professional development program with sequenced learning events and activities at key junctures. The AiA program, part of ACRL’s Value of Academic Libraries initiative, employs a blended learning environment and a peer-to-peer network over the course of the 14-month long program, which runs from April 2013-June 2014.

In order to apply, each prospective institution must identify a team consisting of a librarian and at least two additional team members from other units (e.g., faculty member, student affairs representative, institutional researcher, or academic administrator). The application requires two essays – the first describes the team’s project goals and the second describes the goals of the librarian team leader – and statements of support from the library dean/director and campus chief academic officer.

Read full details about participating in the first cohort and apply online by 5 p.m. Central, Friday, March 8. Learn more about the AiA program at the ALA Midwinter Meeting during the session Update on ACRL’s Value of Academic Libraries Initiative to be held Sunday, January 27, 2013, 1:00pm - 2:30pm.

Questions? Contact ACRL Senior Strategist for Special Initiatives Kara Malenfant.

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