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Leading a Strategic Assessment Program in a Research Library: An ARL Seminar for Recently Appointed Assessment Professionals

Thursday, November 6, 2014 @ 9:00 amFriday, November 7, 2014 @ 5:00 pm

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.

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 Palomar Hotel in Washington, DC, on November 6–7, 2014. There will be a pre-seminar and post-seminar webcast (dates TBD).This multimodal workshop experience will introduce participants to the practice-based framework of organizational performance assessment in libraries. As an orientation to the roles and responsibilities of assessment librarians/coordinators, coverage will include the context and rationale for library assessment and an overview of methodologies, tools, and techniques for library-wide assessment approaches. (The training will not provide in-depth instruction in a single tool, nor will it focus on a single functional or service area of the library.) The seminar will concentrate on making library assessment strategic, diverse, and effective in demonstrating library impact and value, and on the importance of aligning with the university mission and initiatives.

A number of leading research library assessment professionals will help prepare coordinators to take strategic approaches to specific assessment assignments. Martha Kyrillidou of ARL and Steve Hiller of the University of Washington Libraries will serve as the seminar’s core faculty.

The intended learning outcomes include:

  • Understanding the scope of library assessment in academic and research libraries
  • Becoming familiar with the rationale for library assessment activities
  • Increasing knowledge of a variety of library assessment methodologies, tools, and techniques
  • Considering effective uses of metrics and data for planning, decision making, and policy setting
  • Being prepared to think through approaches to institution-specific library assessment
  • Developing and acting on a personal plan for defining your individual role and responsibilities and maximizing your effectiveness and value to the organization

Event Details

Dates: Thursday, November 6–Friday November 7, 2014

Time: 9:00a a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Location: Palomar Hotel, 2121 P Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036

Fee: $800


Register online, few spaces remain.


The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 125 research libraries in the US and Canada. Its mission is to influence the changing environment of scholarly communication and the public policies that affect research libraries and the diverse communities they serve. ARL pursues this mission by advancing the goals of its member research libraries, providing leadership in public and information policy to the scholarly and higher education communities, fostering the exchange of ideas and expertise, facilitating the emergence of new roles for research libraries, and shaping a future environment that leverages its interests with those of allied organizations. ARL is on the web at http://www.arl.org/.


Thursday, November 6, 2014 @ 9:00 am
Friday, November 7, 2014 @ 5:00 pm


Hotel Palomar DC
2121 P Street NW
Washington, DC 20037