Impact on Student Outcomes & Collecting Better Data (ALA Annual 2017)

Join the ACRL ULS Evidence-Based Practices Discussion Group for an exciting session at the 2017 Annual Conference in Chicago!

We’ll have two presentations with discussion and questions to follow.

  • Demonstrating the Impact of Academic Libraries on Student Outcomes
    Presented by Angie Thorpe, Digital User Experience Librarian, Indiana University Kokomo.
    Angie will discuss how her small academic library assessed the correlation between library use and student outcomes. Topics will include how to apply these research results across the curriculum and how to elevate this dialogue from the individual institution to the broader industry.
  • When the Provost asks, do you have (compelling) answers?
    Presented by Geoffrey Swindells, Lead Librarian, User Experience Group, Northwestern University Libraries.
    Libraries occupy a significant amount of real estate on most university campuses, making them a prime target for repurposing and redevelopment. In this session we’ll discuss the kinds of usage-data and user-stories that libraries can collect to better inform campus administrators about the value of library spaces. We’ll also talk about how the right kind of evidence can make for more productive planning discussions when the loss of library space becomes unavoidable.

When: Sunday, June 25, 2017, 8:30 – 10:00 am
Where: Hilton Chicago (HIL), 720 S. Michigan Ave., International Ballroom North, 2nd floor

Please join us and share your ideas!

For more information please contact Chad Pearson at or Jan Kemp at

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