The Association of Research Libraries and the Library Assessment Conference planning committee awarded 10 outstanding individuals travel awards to attend the 2016 conference in Arlington, Virginia, October 31–November 2. As part of the award, recipients were asked to share a brief overview of their experiences at the conference. These statements are now available on the Library Assessment blog:
“Finding My Focus” by Kawanna M. Bright, University of Denver
“Reflections on the Library Assessment Conference” by Enrique Caboverde III, Florida International University
“Reflections on My First Library Assessment Conference” by Richard M. Cho, California State University, Fullerton
“Reflections on the Library Assessment Conference” by Hoan-Vu Do, San Diego Public Library
“Reflections on the Library Assessment Conference” by Linda Aurora Garcia, Washington State University Vancouver
“Reflections on the Library Assessment Conference” by Jennifer H. Gibson, St. Louis County Library
“Library Assessment Conference Report” by Vanissa Gosserand, Southern University and A&M College
“Reflections on the Library Assessment Conference” by Don P. Jason III, University of Cincinnati
“Reflections upon Attending the Library Assessment Conference” by Genny Jon, York University
“Takeaways from the Library Assessment Conference” by Sofia Leung, MIT
The Library Assessment Conference Travel Awards are offered to students and early-career professionals from historically underrepresented racial and ethnic groups who have demonstrated a strong interest in assessment and have the potential to contribute to the profession by deploying and developing innovative assessment and evaluation methods and strategies. The awardees were selected by a committee composed of members of the ARL Diversity and Inclusion Committee, the ARL Assessment Committee, and the Library Assessment Conference Steering Committee.
The Association of Research Libraries and the University of Washington Libraries, the conference co-sponsors, welcomed more than 600 attendees to the 2016 conference. The conference goal 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.
About the Association of Research Libraries
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 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 http://www.lib.washington.edu/.