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

two people sitting at a table in a libraryRegistration is now open for “Leading a Strategic Assessment Program in a Research Library: An ARL Seminar,” to be held in Washington, DC, October 22–23, 2015. This two-day, in-person event is designed for individuals who are responsible for designing and leading the library’s assessment program and who seek to develop a strategic agenda for assessment. The seminar will be supplemented with pre- and post-workshop webcasts (dates TBD). Independent learning activities before and after the event are an essential component of a successful seminar experience.

This multimodal workshop experience will introduce participants to the practice-based framework of organizational performance assessment in research 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 seminar participants to take strategic approaches to specific assessment assignments in their libraries. 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, October 22–Friday, October 23, 2015
Time: 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Location: ARL Offices, 21 Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 800, Washington, DC
Fee: $800
Registration: Register online by September 1, 2015


The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 124 research libraries in the US and Canada. ARL’s 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/.

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