We had a fun filled day of assessment activities at the U of Pennsylvania’s Houston Hall on Jan 11. The morning was devoted to the ARL Library Assessment Coordinators meeting — the first meeting of its kind! The meeting was open to all those in ARL libraries who have responsibility for or work on assessment-related activities (not just assessment â€œcoordinatorsâ€) and was part of an ARL effort to support the community of assessment practice. It was designed not only to exchange information about assessment in libraries but to help develop personal connections with counterparts at other institutions.
The program opened with a Welcome by Carton Rogers, the Director of the Library at UPenn who talked about the value of assessment at UPenn — an institution that is leading the way in data driven decision making supported through the work of Joe Zucca over the years.
Participants had the opportunity to receive a hot – of – the – press SPEC Kit on Library Assessment written by Lynda White (U of Virginia) and Stephanie Wright (U of Washington) who presented on their findings.
Discussion followed regarding the 2008 Library Assessment Conference organized to be held at the U of Washington in Seattle on August 2-4, 2008. The Call for Proposals is out and proposals are due January 31. Several half-day workshops have already been confirmed for August 7 (Learning Outcomes, Performance Measures/Balanced Scorecard, Usability, Assessment methods for space planning and evaluation) — other potentials include: Developing and implementing assessment plans, E-metrics/usage statistics, Data presentation/visualization, Qualitative assessment methods, Survey methods and analysis.
Round table discussions took place on Moving Assessment Forward in Our Libraries — the discussion was built around issues submitted by the libraries:
- The dashboard – ongoing measurement/assessment tied to library priorities, services and planning
- Using results/determining outcomes/actions/communicating/marketing results and actions internally/externally
What are the important issues in the areas above?
- What role can ARL play to help research libraries address these issues?
- What should the broader library assessment community do to support assessment?
Summaries of these discussions will be posted as they arrive in the coming days.The afternoon continued with the Library Assessment Forum and wonderful presentations by Joe Zucca (UPenn) and Xin Li (Cornell)!