Your Guide to Assessment at ACRL 2015

Take a guess–how many assessment-related sessions are offered at ACRL 2015?  If you are reading this message and going to ACRL, then chances are you are hoping to attend some of them.  To make it a little easier, I have created a Guide to Assessment at ACRL 2015.  Take a look at the offerings, and plan your schedule accordingly.  Happy conferencing.

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Synthesis of “Assessment in Action” Team Projects

AiAbook jacketACRL has released a new report “Academic Library Contributions to Student Success: Documented Practices from the Field” which synthesizes results from over 70 higher education institutions from across North America which recently completed team-based assessment projects. These projects, from the first year of Assessment in Action: Academic Libraries and Student Success (AiA), resulted in promising and effective approaches to demonstrating the library’s value to students’ academic success.

Interested in participating in the next round of Assessment in Action? ACRL is seeking applications from all types of higher education institutions for 125 additional teams. Apply by March 4, 2015, to participate in the third year of the program, April 2015-June 2016.

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Article by OLA LART founder

Oregon LART misses Rick Stoddart!

Check out his most recent article,

The Possibilities are Assessable: Using an Evidence Based Framework to Identify Assessment Opportunities in Library Technology Departments” published in Evidence Based Library and Information Practice.

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Webinar upcoming: Data for Return On Investment (ROI) and Benchmarking Ebook Collections

Upcoming webinar: Data for ROI and Benchmarking Ebook Collections.

From the webinar description:

“Data is being used to make quick ebooks acquisitions decision changes at a single library and being used in scale to better understand ebook usage globally.

“Ying Zhang will present on a study undertaken at the University of Central Florida to determine the best ROI for their library ebook acquisitions models. Michael Levine-Clark will discuss a large-scale study showing trends across over 10,000 libraries and hundreds of thousands of ebooks. A study of this scale allows us to show broad patterns of usage and establish benchmarks that should prove useful for libraries and consortia for local planning.”


Michael Levine-Clark – Associate Dean for Scholarly Communication and Collections Services at University of Denver

Ying Zhang – Acquisitions Librarian, University of Central Florida

Moderator: Bonnie Tijerina – Fellow, Data & Society Research Institute

Presented by: Library Journal and ER&L

Event Date & Time: Wednesday, December 17th, 2014, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET / 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PT

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Free Webinar: Formative Assessment Strategies for Library Instruction

Do you struggle to determine if your students are comprehending anything in
your classes? Are you looking for ways to reinvigorate your teaching and engage
students? If so, attend this free webinar next Thursday, December 11 at 1 PM EST.
Join host Melissa Mallon, Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Library Instruction at Wichita State University Libraries, for a presentation on the importance of assessing students during instruction. She will share ideas for easy-to-use tech tools that will engage
students and provide you with immediate feedback on learning. Register at

Image by Mark Brannan, used with creative commons license via Flickr.

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The Value of Libraries in Ferguson

How do we measure the value of public libraries?  In Ferguson, Missouri, over recent weeks and months, the tiny public library has been a place of refuge and hope.  Many of us, especially in library-land, have been following this amazing story of a library determined to stay open, even during protests.  And now something amazing has started to happen.  People have started donating money to help support Ferguson Municipal Public Library. These donations will be used to:

  • purchase healing book kits for kids.
  • implement programs focused on the community
  • make structural improvements to the building
  • hire a full-time children’s or programs librarian

Library volunteer Jeanne Million talks with Ferguson resident Phillip Sampson at the Ferguson Public Library. Photo by Elise Hu/NPR

Did you see NPR’s All Things Considered story about this over the weekend?  What if, out of this crisis, we could help Ferguson build a beautiful new library with a full time children’s librarian, young adult librarian, and adult program librarian?  Something to think about.  And when you are ready, use this link to donate.

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Needs Assessment of Oregon Public Libraries


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Oregon Community Foundation is soliciting proposals for a statewide needs and opportunities assessment of Oregon’s public libraries. The purpose of the research project is to answer the following questions:

  1. What are the roles that Oregon’s libraries currently play in their communities (education and  literacy, civic and community engagement; economic and workforce development)?
  2. How can Oregon’s libraries contribute to creating resilient communities?
  3. What role do libraries play in Oregon’s early childhood system (early childhood education, early childhood health and well-being, parental education, etc.)?
  4. What promising practices, programs and strategies are Oregon’s libraries using to fulfill these  roles?How can these practices be encouraged?
  5. What are the challenges to fulfilling the roles Oregon’s libraries should play in their  communities?
  6. What are promising practices, programs, and strategies being implemented outside of Oregon?Could these approaches work for Oregon libraries?
  7. How can we best measure the impacts and success of different programs?

The research will begin in January 2015 and will be complete by July. The Oregon Community Foundation hopes that this research will identify clear needs and promising practices that can be replicated across Oregon communities. Once the research is complete, it may lead will help inform OCF and its various donors on potential for grants to  Oregon’s libraries. may request that OCF develop and manage a discrete grant-making opportunity to which they will contribute approximately $200,000 each year for 5 years.

Please contact  ( at OCF for more information.

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