NY 3Rs Association Library Assessment in Action to Launch April 30
Does the phrase “library assessment” send you into a slight (or not so slight) panic? You know that it is crucial in determining how well your library or library system is meeting its mission, goals, and objectives—and in designing effective programs and services.
A library’s “return on investment” can influence a library’s funding. Academic and school libraries want to know if their investment in programs and services is making a positive difference in student outcomes and meeting researchers’ needs. In the healthcare area, recent research links hospital and health sciences libraries to improved patient outcomes.
Library assessment is not new and most libraries have existing data available to help them. How do you use this data in your decision-making? What data already exists in your library that you can draw from? How do you present this data in a meaningful way to your stakeholders?
Part of the I2NY assessment initiative, the series will feature leading experts on library assessment. It will include general information and “the nuts and bolts of assessment” including survey design, focus groups, data-driven decision making, data visualization, and communicating outcomes. The webinars will run from one to 1.5 hours in length. There will be a “digging deeper” component enabling participants to continue the discussion and learn from each other.
The learning outcomes for the webinar series include:
Obtain an overview of current library assessment practices in different types of libraries.
Acquire practical experience in the development of assessment activities and materials though the webinar and the “digging deeper” component.
Develop an assessment skill set.
Identify opportunities for collaboration and continuing professional development.
Participants will register for the individual webinars individually.
First in the Series: Library Assessment: Why Assessment: An Introduction and How to be Successful
Date: April 30, 2015, 12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. EST
Presenter: Denise Davis, Deputy Library Director of Sacramento Public Library, with responsibilities for Collection Services, Facilities, Finance, Information Technology, Communications and the Virtual Branch.
Target Audience: Librarians and others responsible for assessment.
Registration: Visit https://scrlc.org/events/view/5585 to register and view the webinar’s goals. This is a free program due to sponsorship by the NY 3Rs, but you will need to register to get the link.
NEXT UP: MAY 15—SAVE THE DATE!
Zsuzsa Koltay, Director of Assessment and Communication at Cornell University, will present Communicating the Library’s Value. Registration is opening soon!
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