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Library Assessment Conference Call for Proposals to Open December 4, 2019

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The Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the University of Washington Libraries, and the Conference Steering Committee invite paper, poster, and workshop proposals for the 2020 Library Assessment Conference: Building Effective, Sustainable, Practical Assessment beginning December 4, 2019. Proposals will be due by February 28, 2020. This eighth biennial conference will be held October 26–28, 2020, in Rosemont, Illinois (near Chicago O’Hare International Airport).

Proposal Topics

Proposals that cover any aspect of library assessment in any type of library are invited, including but not limited to these topics:

  • Collaborative assessments (including consortial, ARL, ACRL, PLA, Libraries without Borders, etc.)
  • Data management and visualization
  • Digital libraries and repositories
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Measurement and measures/indicators
  • Methods and tools
  • Organizational and institutional assessments (including accreditation)
  • Organizational issues and approaches
  • Services, collections (including specialized collections), and programs
  • Space and facilities planning and use
  • Teaching and learning, learning analytics
  • Usability/user experience
  • Value and impact

Presentation Formats

Descriptions of the paper, poster, and workshop formats will be provided in the call for proposals and are on the conference website. Proposals will be required to include a title, author names and short biographies, format, abstract (maximum 750 words), and keywords describing the proposal.

Accepted paper presenters will be asked to submit a formal written paper to be included in the conference proceedings. Accepted poster presenters will be asked to submit a digital copy of their poster to be included on the conference website.

Those submitting proposals will be notified of their status in April 2020.

More Information

For additional information, visit the Library Assessment Conference website or email LAConf@arl.org.


About the Association of Research Libraries

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 124 research libraries in Canada and the US whose mission is to advance research, learning, and scholarly communication. The Association fosters the open exchange of ideas and expertise, promotes equity and diversity, and pursues advocacy and public policy efforts that reflect the values of the library, scholarly, and higher education communities. ARL forges partnerships and catalyzes the collective efforts of research libraries to enable knowledge creation and to achieve enduring and barrier-free access to information. ARL is on the web at ARL.org.

About the University of Washington Libraries

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 www.lib.washington.edu.