As it seemed to be with all assessment events at the recent ALA conference, the ARL Library Assessment Forum played to a room bursting at the seams. The opening three presenters provided the latest findings from the research that is underway under the Lib-Value grant. Don King (Bryant U and U of Tennessee) kicked things off by presenting economics-related material on behalf of Bruce Kingma (Syracuse U), who was delayed by air travel, before moving on to his own discussion of comprehensive assessment of all academic library services. Ken Wise (U of Tennessee) also provided some of the latest findings from the research that is underway under the Lib-Value grant, and featured some beautiful images from the University of Tennessee’s Great Smoky Mountains Regional Collections.
Joyce Chapman (North Carolina State U) presented an excellent visual representation of NCSU’s open-source tablet application for staff to use in assessing how patrons are using library services and spaces.
Jim Self (U Virginia) closed the session with material prepared by himself and Steve Hiller (U Washington) on the latest planning activities for the 2012 Library Assessment Conference in Charlottesville (October 29-31, 2012).
Thank you to all the presenters and members of the assessment community who joined us!