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 teams 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.