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Travel Awards for Underrepresented Professionals Available for Library Assessment Conference 2014—Deadline May 30

u-washington-suzzallo-libraryUW Suzzallo Library, image © Chris Dubé

ARL is offering travel awards of up to $2,000 each for five individuals from historically underrepresented racial and ethnic groups to attend the 2014 Library Assessment Conference: Building Effective, Sustainable, Practical Assessment, to be held August 4–6 on the University of Washington (UW) campus in Seattle. ARL hopes to encourage a diverse group of emerging professionals to engage with this growing field and hopes to expose these new professionals to the rich perspectives of practitioners regarding organizational assessment needs, research, and evaluation.

 
 

Library Assessment Conference 2014 Registration Now Open—Deadline July 6

u-washington-suzzallo-libraryUW Suzzallo Library, image © Chris DubéRegistration is now open for the 2014 Library Assessment Conference: Building Effective, Sustainable, Practical Assessment, to be held August 4–6, in Seattle, Washington. The conference aims to build and develop a vibrant library community through invited speakers, contributed papers, posters, lightning talks, panels, workshops, and networking with those interested in assessment. The fifth Library Assessment Conference is co-sponsored by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the University of Washington (UW) Libraries.

 
 

LibQUAL+® Seeks Applicants for In-Kind Grant Program 2015

libqual-logoLibQUAL+®LibQUAL+ will award up to three institutions in-kind grants to participate in the 2015 LibQUAL+ survey, with a goal of offering one grant for every 50 libraries registered. This will be the 10th year LibQUAL+ has sponsored an in-kind grant program. There are two application deadlines for the 2015 grant program: June 13, 2014, and December 12, 2014. (The early deadline allows the LibQUAL+ team to plan for translations in new languages with an adequate planning cycle.)

 
 

ARL Library Assessment Forum Highlights Value of Library Spaces—Slides Online

u-tennessee-knoxville-info-commonsimage © University of TennesseeOn January 24, 2014, at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia, the ARL Statistics and Assessment program hosted an engaging Library Assessment Forum. Bob Fox, dean of libraries at the University of Louisville and chair of the ARL Statistics and Assessment Committee, discussed issues related to facilities data–collection activities. Teresa Walker, associate professor and head of learning, research, and engagement at the University of Tennessee (UT) Libraries, presented on the information commons assessment conducted at UT through the LibValue grant. Danuta Nitecki, dean of libraries and professor of information science at Drexel University, shared insights about utilizing ROI and observational data.  Steve Hiller, director of assessment and planning at the University of Washington Libraries and co-chair of the Library Assessment Conference 2014, presented the latest updates on the upcoming conference to take place in Seattle, Washington, August 4–6, 2014.

 
 

Library Assessment Conference 2014—Save the Date

u-washington-suzzallo-libraryUniversity of Washington, Suzzallo Library, image © Chris DubéMark your calendars for the upcoming Library Assessment Conference: Building Effective, Sustainable, Practical Assessment, to be held in Seattle, Washington, August 4–6, 2014. Sponsored by ARL and the University of Washington Libraries, the conference aims to build and further a vibrant library assessment community by bringing together interested practitioners and researchers who have responsibility or interest in the broad field of library assessment. A record number—254—of proposals for papers, posters, lightning talks, and panels were submitted this year; the peer-review process is underway and notification will go out by mid-March. Conference registration will open in April.

 
 

Google Analytics Workshop to Be Offered by ARL in October 2014

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The ARL Statistics and Measurement Program is offering a full-day, in-person workshop on Google Analytics, to be held on October 20, 2014, in partnership with LunaMetrics, a Google Analytics Certified Partner. Google Analytics is a tool that can help identify where website visitors are coming from and how they interact with web pages. Libraries can use this knowledge to improve their websites and overall user experience.

 
 

LibQUAL+® Highlights from 2013, Canada Webcast Video Online

libqual-radar-chartLibQUAL+ radar chartDuring 2013, 165 libraries participated in LibQUAL+, and 202,000 respondents submitted valid surveys. Of these surveys, 72% were “LibQUAL+ Lite” questionnaires and 28% were long. Median survey completion times were 5 minutes, 22 seconds for the Lite questionnaire and 9 minutes, 5 seconds for the long version. For an overview of the 2013 survey results, download the two-page 2013 LibQUAL+ survey highlights (PDF). For more detail about the 2013 survey at ARL member libraries, the 2013 ARL LibQUAL+ notebook (PDF) summarizes the results from more than 48,000 faculty and students in 29 ARL libraries.

 
 

Leading a Strategic Assessment Program in a Research Library: ARL to Offer Additional Session in November

two people sitting at a table in a libraryDue to high demand for the spring offering of “Leading a Strategic Assessment Program in a Research Library: An ARL Seminar for Recently Appointed Assessment Professionals,” ARL has opened registration with limited space for a second session to be held this fall. This two-day, in-person seminar is designed for librarians and coordinators who are new to the roles and responsibilities of assessment. The seminar will be supplemented with pre- and post-workshop webcasts (dates TBD) and independent learning activities, plus connection with a network of experienced colleagues who will provide ongoing support. The seminar will be held in Washington, DC, on November 6–7, 2014.

 
 

LibQUAL+® Workshops at ALA Midwinter: Slides Now Online

independence-hall-philadelphiaimage © Wally GobetzOn January 27 at the 2014 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia, the LibQUAL+ team presented several workshops on the foundations of LibQUAL+, survey administration, and interpreting survey results. The team was joined by four guest speakers who presented a wealth of information about implementing the survey and acting on the results at their own libraries. Slides from these presentations are linked below: 

 
 

Edge Initiative for Public Library Technology Assessment Launches

free-to-the-people-on-carnegie-lib-pittsburghimage © JanetandPhilThe Edge Initiative, a new leadership and management tool for libraries that want to improve their public technology services, invites participation by public libraries across the United States. As of January 22, interested public libraries may sign up via the Edge website.

Participating libraries will use Edge to complete an assessment of their public access technology services. Edge provides additional tools and training for libraries to make improvements and better serve their communities.

 
 

Spring into LibQUAL+® with Conference Call Series—Register Now

desert-dandelionsimage © Dawn EndicoARL is offering a series of free Skype calls designed to support LibQUAL+ survey administrators and to help administrators share expertise with one another. Online registration for the “Spring into LibQUAL+” Skype series is now open for five calls to be held from January through March 2014.

The calls will be hosted by Martha Kyrillidou, senior director of ARL statistics and service quality programs, and Amy Yeager, library relations coordinator for statistics and assessment at ARL.

 
 

Library Assessment Conference 2014: Proposals Due January 17

u-washington-suzzallo-libraryUniversity of Washington, Suzzallo Library, image © Chris DubéARL, the University of Washington Libraries, and the conference planning committee are still accepting proposals through next Friday, January 17 (now extended to Tuesday, January 21), for the Library Assessment Conference: Building Effective, Sustainable, Practical Assessment, to be held in Seattle, Washington, August 4–6, 2014.

 
 

Leading a Strategic Assessment Program in a Research Library: ARL to Offer Seminar for New Assessment Professionals

two people sitting at a table in a libraryARL 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.

 
 

Library Assessment Conference 2014: Proposal Submission Deadline Approaching

u-washington-suzzallo-libraryUniversity of Washington, Suzzallo Library, image © Chris DubéARL, the University of Washington Libraries, and the conference planning committee are accepting proposals through Tuesday, January 21, 2014, for the Library Assessment Conference: Building Effective, Sustainable, Practical Assessment, to be held in Seattle, Washington, August 4–6, 2014.

 
 

ARL Releases RLI 284 on Digital Humanities, Library Space Assessment

rli-284-coverARL 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.

 
 

Research Library Issues, no. 284 (2013)

rli-284-coverResearch Library Issues (RLI) no. 284 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.

The complete table of contents with links to the articles follows:

 

 
 

ARL to Host Events at ALA Midwinter Meeting 2014

independence-hall-philadelphia-george-washington-statueimage © Wally GobetzARL, LibQUAL+®, and SPARC are offering several events at the American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting to be held in Philadelphia next month. Highlights include: 

ARL Annual Leadership Symposium (invitation only)
Thursday, January 23, 4:00 p.m.–Sunday, January 26, 3:00 p.m.
Four Seasons Hotel

 
 

ARL Academic Law Library Statistics 2011-2012

ARL Academic Law Library Statistics 2011–2012 presents data that describe collections, expenditures, personnel, and services in 74 law libraries at ARL member institutions in the US and Canada.

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

Link to the online ARL Academic Law Library Statistics 2011–2012 on the ARL Digital Publications website.

 
 

ARL Academic Health Sciences Library Statistics 2011-2012

ARL Academic Health Sciences Library Statistics 2011–2012 presents data that describe collections, expenditures, personnel, and services in 61 medical libraries at ARL member institutions in the US and Canada.

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

Link to the online ARL Academic Health Sciences Library Statistics 2011–2012 on the ARL Digital Publications website.

 
 

ARL Statistics 2011-2012

This edition of the ARL Statistics describes the collections, staffing, expenditures, and service activities for the 125 members of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) in fiscal year 2011–2012.

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

Link to the online ARL Statistics 2011-2012  on the ARL Digital Publications website.
 
 

ARL Annual Salary Survey 2012–2013

This report analyzes salary data for all professional staff working in the 125 ARL member libraries during 2012-2013. Data are reported for 10,072 professional staff in the 115 university libraries and for 3,823 professional staff in the 10 non-university libraries.

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

Link to the online ARL Annual Salary Survey 2012-2013 on the ARL Digital Publications website.

 
 

Library Assessment Conference 2014: Call for Proposals

u-washington-suzzallo-libraryUniversity of Washington, Suzzallo Library, image © Chris DubéARL, the University of Washington Libraries, and the conference planning committee invite proposals for the 2014 Library Assessment Conference: Building Effective, Sustainable, Practical Assessment, to be held in Seattle, Washington, August 4–6, 2014. The deadline for submissions has been extended to January 21, 2014.

 
 

LibQUAL+® to Launch Improvements in 2014—Register Now

map of LibQUAL+ countriesCountries of LibQUAL+ interactive mapARL invites libraries to join the global assessment community of LibQUAL+ by registering for the 2014 LibQUAL+ survey, which will feature several enhancements.

When the LibQUAL+ survey year opens in January, the team will introduce a mobile version of the survey. LibQUAL+ survey respondents will be automatically directed to the appropriate version of the survey based on the width of their browser window, so libraries will not need to distribute multiple survey URLs. The survey platform will also generate QR codes to use in promoting the mobile version.

 
 

Radical Change in Library Assessment Called for by Elliott Shore at Northumbria Conference

Elliott Shore, photo by Jon EricksonElliott Shore, ARL executive director, delivered a clarion call in the opening keynote address at the 10th Northumbria International Conference on Performance Measurement in Libraries and Information Services, held in late July in York, England. Shore’s presentation, titled “The Role of the Library in the Transformative Higher Education Environment: Or Fitting Our Measures to Our Goals,” challenged the library assessment community to radically change the measures it collects and uses. He proposed that libraries shift their assessment focus from description to prediction, from inputs to outputs, from quantity to quality.

 
 

Northumbria Conference Presentations on Library Service Quality Featured on LibQUAL+® Website

image © Mark DavisService quality issues were the focus of a series of papers and workshop activities at the 10th Northumbria International Conference on Performance Measurement in Libraries and Information Services, held July 22–25, 2013, in York, England. Slides from these presentations are now available on the LibQUAL+ website.

 
 

LibQUAL+® Workshop in Atlanta Oct. 22–23: Registration Deadline Extended

image © Rick AustinRegister by October 11 for the ARL workshop, “Using LibQUAL+ Effectively and Strategically,” to be held October 22–23, 2013, in conjunction with the Southeastern Library Assessment Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. This workshop about acting on LibQUAL+ survey results will be led by Martha Kyrillidou, ARL director of statistics and service quality programs; Lisa Hinchliffe, professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; and Raynna Bowlby, ARL consultant.

 
 

LibValue Webcast Series Available on YouTube

LibValue webcast series on YouTubeVideos of six webcasts about assessing library value are available on ARL’s YouTube channel. The webcasts highlight results from the LibValue project, a three-year study funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services to define and measure ways in which academic libraries create value through research; teaching and learning; and social, professional, and public engagement.

 
 

LibQUAL+® 2014 Registration Now Open: Join the Global Assessment Community

Countries of LibQUAL+ interactive mapARL invites libraries to join the global assessment community of LibQUAL+ by registering for the 2014 LibQUAL+ survey.

LibQUAL+ is a suite of services that libraries use to solicit, track, understand, and act upon users’ opinions of service quality. The program’s centerpiece is a rigorously tested web survey paired with training that helps libraries assess and improve library services, change organizational culture, and market the library.

 
 

LibValue Webcast on Digitized Special Collections: Video Online

LibValue: Digitized Special Collections (video on YouTube)The video of the webcast “LibValue: Digitized Special Collections” presented on August 15 is now available on ARL's YouTube channel. This webcast describes how contingent valuation and Google Analytics can be used to measure the value of digitized special collections. The presenters are Ken Wise, associate professor, University of Tennessee Libraries; Gayle Baker, professor and electronic resources coordinator, University of Tennessee Libraries; and Martha Kyrillidou, senior director of statistics and service quality programs, ARL. Webcast slides (PDF) are also available for download. 

 
 

LibValue: Digitized Special Collections webcast

This webcast, recorded August 15, 2013, describes how contingent valuation and Google Analytics can be used to measure the value of digitized special collections. The presenters are Ken Wise, associate professor, University of Tennessee Libraries; Gayle Baker, professor and electronic resources coordinator, University of Tennessee Libraries; and Martha Kyrillidou, senior director of statistics and service quality programs, ARL.

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.

This is the final in a series of six free webcasts on LibValue to be held in 2013.

 
 
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