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ARL to Host Events at ALA Annual Conference 2013

chicago-theatre-marqueeimage © John SchniebelARL, LibQUAL+®, and SPARC are offering several events at the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference to be held in Chicago this summer. Highlights include: 

ARL/LibQUAL+ Booth
Friday, June 28, 5:30 p.m.–Monday, July 01, 2:00 p.m.
(during exhibit hours)
McCormick Place Convention Center, Booth 528

 
 

ARL-ASSESS Google Group Invites Participation

arl-assess-screenshotAll staff working in ARL member libraries are encouraged to join the ARL-ASSESS Google Group. Library assessment—planning and implementing decisions based on good data—permeates the whole organization, and the biennial Library Assessment Conference attracts a diverse group of participants from across organizational structures. Even if you cannot attend the Library Assessment Conference, consider participating in the ARL-ASSESS discussions. The research library community can benefit from having all library staff members share their expertise and experience through this forum.

 
 

ARL Membership Meeting Spring 2013 Slides Available Online

dogwood blossomsDogwood, image © tanakawhoSpeakers’ slides from the ARL Membership Meeting held May 1–3 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, are now on the ARL website. Available slides include:

 
 

LibQUAL+® Seeks Applicants for In-Kind Grant Program 2014

libqual-logoLibQUAL+ will award up to three institutions in-kind grants to participate in the 2014 LibQUAL+ survey, with a goal of offering one grant for every 50 libraries registered. This will be the ninth year LibQUAL+ has sponsored an in-kind grant program. There are two application deadlines for the 2014 grant program: June 14, 2013, and December 13, 2013. (The early deadline allows the LibQUAL+ team to plan for translations in new languages with an adequate planning cycle.)

 
 

SPEC Kit 318: Impact Measures in Research Libraries (September 2010)

SPEC Kit 318 explores the tools and methods libraries use to gauge the difference they make for their user community, the topics assessment practitioners probe and the results they obtain, the effects of impact assessment, and whether institutions that publicize positive impact evidence see a difference in the level of financial or political support from their parent institutions. It includes documentation from respondents in the form of impact assessment goals, user surveys, and calculations of library value.

This publication is available for purchase in both online and print versions. Download the spec-kit-purchase-options-2013.pdf  for complete pricing and purchase options information.

Link to the online SPEC Kit 318 on the ARL Digital Publications website.

 
 

LibValue Webcast on Comprehensive Approaches to Defining Library Value: Video Online

libvalue-webcast-slideThe video of the webcast "LibValue: Comprehensive Approaches to Defining Library Value" presented on May 9, 2013, is now available on ARL's YouTube channel. This webcast provides an overview of methods used to estimate value in academic libraries and describes a study that calculated return on investment at the Syracuse University Library in 2010–2011. The presenter is Bruce Kingma, professor in the School of Information Sciences and Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University. Webcast slides (PDF) are also availble for download. 

 
 

Library Assessment Forum to Explore Value of E-Books in Academic Libraries

mrs-duffee-reading-her-kindle“Mrs. Duffee Reading Her Kindle,” © Mike LichtARL will host a Library Assessment Forum at the upcoming American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Chicago, featuring research on the value of e-books in academic libraries conducted at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) as part of the LibValue project. The forum will be held on Friday, June 28, 2013, from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. in the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place (Adler 24A-C). The forum is open to all who are interested and no registration is necessary to attend.

 
 

LibQUAL+® to Offer Workshop at Northumbria Conference on Performance Measurement

York UK landscape York, UK, © Mark Davis ARL is sponsoring a LibQUAL+ Exchange of Experience workshop on Monday, July 22, 2013, in conjunction with the 10th Northumbria International Conference on Performance Measurement in Libraries and Information Services, to be held in York, UK. The half-day event will feature opportunities for LibQUAL+ participants and other interested parties to share experiences and discuss strategic uses of assessment results. The program will also include an update on the first UK implementation of the ClimateQUAL survey.

 
 

Balanced Scorecard Initiative: ARL Issues Call for Participation

balanced-scorecard-woman-books-apple-crop-140x105ARL has issued a call for participation in the third Balanced Scorecard (BSC) Initiative cohort. The year-long initiative will engage a small number of research libraries in a systematic way to consider the benefits of applying a locally developed library scorecard. Libraries with a keen interest in continuous improvement and strategic assessment are invited to apply.

 
 

Service Quality Evaluation Academy Class of 2013 Selected

french-quarter-window-david-ohmer-140x105image © David Paul OhmerARL and the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) are pleased to announce the participants in the 2013 Service Quality Evaluation Academy, to be held March 11–15 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The academy is an intensive five-day program cosponsored by ARL and CARL that focuses on introductory qualitative and quantitative methods for collecting and analyzing library service quality data. It is designed for librarians across library types and organizational structures who have a strong commitment to service quality assessment efforts. A talented group of colleagues are in the 2013 class:

 
 
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