ARL will host a Library Assessment Forum at the upcoming ALA Midwinter Meeting, featuring LibValue research conducted at the University of Tennessee. The forum will be held on Friday, January 25, 2013, from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. in the Sheraton Seattle’s Ravenna Room. No registration is necessary to attend this event.
In a panel presentation, Steven Smith, Regina Mays, and Teresa Walker from the University of Tennessee will discuss their efforts to demonstrate the value of the library with the LibValue project. Steven Smith, professor and dean of libraries, will discuss how the value and return on investment studies are used from the perspective of a dean: how he has used the studies to support the library, how they meet the needs of an outcome-based budgeting model, and how his campus leadership has responded. Regina Mays, assistant professor and assessment librarian, will discuss her perspective on LibValue from a practitioner/assessment librarian’s point of view. Teresa Walker, associate professor and head of integrated user services, will demonstrate how the LibValue work has been used to assess student success in relation to the use of the learning commons environment.
The Library Assessment Forum will conclude with an overview of the recent Library Assessment Conference held in Charlottesville and a discussion of plans for the 2014 Library Assessment Conference scheduled to take place August 4–6, 2014, in Seattle.