ARL has published Research Library Issues (RLI) no. 284, which features an overview of the digital humanities by Don Waters of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. This issue of RLI also includes an article on assessing library space and its connection to student learning, by Joan Lippincott of the Coalition for Networked Information and Kim Duckett of North Carolina State University Libraries.
This webcast, recorded May 9, 2013, provides a broad 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.
The LibValue project (http://libvalue.cci.utk.edu/) is a three-year study funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services to define and measure ways in which libraries create value through teaching and learning, research, and social, professional, and public engagement. LibValue is a collaboration among the University of Tennessee, Knoxville; the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Libraries; and the Association of Research Libraries, with partners at Syracuse University and Bryant University.
ARL is introducing a new educational opportunity for academic and research librarians: “Leading a Strategic Assessment Program in a Research Library: An ARL Seminar for Recently Appointed Assessment Professionals.” This two-day, in-person seminar is designed for librarians and coordinators who are new to the roles and responsibilities of assessment. Assessment professionals from non-ARL libraries are welcome to register. The seminar will be supplemented with pre- and post-workshop webcasts and independent learning activities, plus connection with a network of experienced colleagues who will provide ongoing support. The seminar will be held at the ARL offices in Washington, DC, on March 20–21, 2014. Webcasts will be held in March and May.