ARL, the University of Washington Libraries, and the conference planning committee are still accepting proposals through next Friday, January 17, 2014 (now extended to Tuesday, January 21, 2014), for the Library Assessment Conference: Building Effective, Sustainable, Practical Assessment, to be held in Seattle, Washington, August 4–6, 2014.
The goal of the biennial Library Assessment Conference is 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. The conference provides a mix of invited speakers, contributed papers, posters, pre- and post-conference workshops, and—new this year—lightning talks and panels that stimulate discussion and provide workable ideas for effective, practical, and sustainable library assessment. The 2014 conference builds on the success of the first four conferences held in Charlottesville (2006, 2012), Seattle (2008), and Baltimore (2010).
Proposals are invited as (a) papers, (b) posters, (c) panels, and (d) lightning talks (short papers) that cover any aspect of library assessment. The conference planning committee especially encourages proposals in the following areas:
- Collaborative assessment
- Digital libraries
- Information resources, collections, and e-metrics
- Learning outcomes
- Management information
- Methods and tools
- Organizational issues
- Performance measurement and measures
- Return on investment (ROI)
- Space planning and use
- Special collections
- User needs
- Value and impact
Full details on submitting a proposal are available on the Library Assessment Conference website.
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/.