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Library Assessment Conference 2014 Registration Now Open—Deadline July 6

UW Suzzallo Library, image © Chris Dubé

Registration 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.


Main conference fee: $425
Additional workshop fees: $80 for half-day workshops, $130 for full-day workshop

Registration closes July 6, 2014. Register early to secure your space, as registration may close earlier due to high demand. Register online.

Pre-conference workshops will be held on Sunday, August 3, 12:15–4:15 p.m. Post-conference workshops will be held on Thursday, August 7, 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. (half-day) or 8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. (full-day). More information on the workshops is available on the conference website.

Invited Speakers

The 2014 conference will include three keynote speakers:

  • Lorcan Dempsey, OCLC: “Research”
  • David Kay, Sero Consulting: “Activity Data”
  • Margie Jantti, University of Wollongong: “Change in Libraries”

Conference Topics

The conference program will feature presentations in four formats: papers, posters, panels, and lightning talks, and will cover a full range of library assessment topics, including:

  • Collaborative assessment 
  • Information resources, collections, and e-metrics 
  • Learning outcomes 
  • Management information 
  • Methods and tools 
  • Organizational issues and assessment capacity
  • Performance measurement and measures
  • Services
  • Space planning and use
  • Special collections 
  • User needs 
  • Value and impact 

Conference Co-Chairs

  • Steve Hiller, University of Washington, Co-Chair
  • Martha Kyrillidou, Association of Research Libraries, Co-Chair
  • Jim Self, University of Virginia, Ex Officio Co-Chair Emeritus

Planning Committee 2014

  • Nisa Bakkalbasi, Columbia University
  • Jackie Belanger, University of Washington
  • Rachel Besara, Florida State University
  • Bob Fox, University of Louisville, Ex Officio as Chair of the ARL Statistics and Assessment Committee
  • Lisa Hinchliffe, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Lorie Kloda, McGill University
  • Jennifer Nutefall, Santa Clara University
  • Megan Oakleaf, Syracuse University
  • Kathy Perry, Virtual Library of Virginia (VIVA)
  • Stephen Town, University of York, UK, Ex Officio as Liaison to the Northumbria Conference
  • Joe Zucca, University of Pennsylvania

Additional Information

For more details and to register, visit the Library Assessment Conference website.

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 125 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/.

The University of Washington (UW) Libraries, located in Seattle, is the largest library in the Pacific Northwest. The UW Libraries is well-known for its innovative programs and services in assessment, organizational development, user spaces, and institutional collaboration. Its print and digital collections support world-class research and scholarship in such areas as health sciences, environmental sciences, area and language studies, and the Pacific Northwest. UW Libraries is on the web at http://www.lib.washington.edu/.