Author Archive | jennifer rutner

ACRL Assessment Discussion Group @ ALA

For the first meeting of the ACRL Assessment Discussion Group, we will have two main topics for discussion: Joan Lippincott of the Coalition for Networked Information will introduce the topic of qualitative methods in library assessment for discussion. There will be targeted questions for you to discuss. Sarah Passoneau, Assistant to the Dean and Assessment […]

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Announcement: First ACRL Assessment Discussion Group meeting at ALA!

The ACRL Assessment Committee is pleased to announce the establishment of the ACRL Assessment Discussion Group! This group will “provide a forum for assessment librarians–and those with responsibility for, and interest in, library assessment–to discuss methods, training, results, impact, institutional needs and challenges, and seek solutions to common problems faced by the library assessment community.” […]

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Quantitative Data Analysis for Support of Special Collections

Hello, We are wondering if anyone is aware of special collections departments that have conducted quantitative data analysis projects to aid in data-driven management. For example, the analysis of statistics related to reading room visits, collection circulation, visitor demographics, web stats, or processing metrics to inform decisions about opening hours, outreach, staffing models, workflow adjustments, […]

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Proposing an ACRL Assessment Section

If you’re interested in joining an informal discussion about proposing an ACRL Assessment Section, please stop by while you’re in Dallas. Or, if you can’t make it but are interested in contributing, email me. Saturday, January 21, 2012 12:00pm – 12:45pm ACRL Assessment Section proposal discussion (Unofficial meeting) Sheraton Dallas Hotel Lobby

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ACRL Assessment Committee

ACRL has recently proposed a new committee structure as part of a broader initiative to support the ACRL Strategic Plan for Excellence. Part of this restructuring includes the disbanding of the ACRL Assessment Committee. From the Proposed Committee Structure Chart (pdf): Current name: Assessment Committee Current Charge: The Assessment Committee is responsible for encouraging the […]

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Columbia University Libraries Assessment Forums

The Columbia University Libraries recently opened the Assessment Forums speakers series to the public. You can now access presentations and podcasts of the Forums online. Columbia University Libraries Assessment Forums are an opportunity for staff at the Libraries and our colleagues in the community to learn about successful assessment projects at nearby college and university […]

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Writing Good Questions

In October, I was lucky enough to attend the very first “Undergraduate Research Practices Workshop” hosted by CLIR and run by Nancy Fried Foster from the University of Rochester. One of our topics was “Asking Good Questions,” and during the discussion I offered up the process we use here at Columbia. I hope some of […]

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Assessment @ ACRL

There are a number of assessment presentations, panels, and workshops being featured at ACRL Conference 2009 in March. Take a look at the conference program, and search for “assessment” to find a session. Many ACRL conference sessions will also be available for “virtual” attendance. Ask ACRL for more information. Find an ACRL assessment session: http://www.eshow2000.com/acrl/2009/conference_program.cfm

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Two LibQual+ Questions

Last night I was speaking to a group of library school students about assessment, and realized that I’m not sure how demographics are collected when public libraries participate in LibQual+. What demographic categories are included, rather than faculty, undergraduate, etc.? Does anyone have some insight into this matter? Additionally, we’re considering sending the survey to […]

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Columbia University Libraries Poster Session at LAC 2008

In an effort to be a little “green” at this conference, Columbia is posting a link to its poster session, “Building an Assessment Program at Columbia University Libraries: Year One,” rather than producing handouts. This poster session highlights early successes of the assessment program, describes the process of researching and writing an assessment plan, illustrates […]

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