The ACRL Value of Academic Libraries Committee is pleased to announce the selection of Sara Lowe, Melanie Sellar, and Brandy Whitlock as curriculum designer/presenters for new learning opportunities on assessing library impact, building on the work of the ACRL program Assessment in Action: Academic Libraries and Student Success (AiA). Sara, Melanie, and Brandy join the team of continuing facilitators from the AiA program, Karen Brown, Eric Resnis, Debra Gilchrist, and Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe, as partners in shaping the curriculum and delivering the new learning opportunities.
Sara Lowe is Educational Development Librarian at Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis; Melanie Sellar is Lecturer at San José State University’s School of Information and Senior Instructional Designer at Loyola Marymount University’s School of Education; and Brandy Whitlock is Professor and Instruction Librarian at Anne Arundel Community College.
“We are thrilled to have Sara, Melanie, and Brandy join the team that is creating new learning opportunities on assessment,” said ACRL Value of Academic Libraries Committee Chair Jaime Hammond, Director of Library Services at Naugatuck Valley Community College. “All three of our new team members have firsthand experience with the AiA program, and we now have an excellent group ready to build new ways to support the community in exploring and communicating library contributions to student learning and success.”
The team is creating two (and possibly more) new learning opportunities on assessing library impact. First, a day-long workshop is being designed to provide professional development support to librarians who wish to know more about creating a plan to assess one particular program or service in their library. The focus is on understanding library contributions to institutional priorities for student learning and success, and any aspect of the library can be the focus of inquiry. Second, the design team is creating a new approach to support library leaders – deans and directors – in communicating about library impact with campus decision makers through a half-day guided discussion format. Future online content will be created to complement these two in-person events and may include stand-alone webinars.
Both of these new in person events will be piloted in conjunction with the ACRL 2017 conference. Stay tuned for more information in spring 2017 about how you can bring these new professional development opportunities to your campus, chapter, or consortia.