Planning, Assessing, and Communicating Library Impact: Putting the Standards for Libraries in Higher Education into Action

Date(s) - 08/23/2018
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

TBLC Training Facility

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Libraries in higher education are increasingly required to demonstrate their value and document their contributions to overall institutional effectiveness. The Standards for Libraries in Higher Education is a framework for library planning and assessment that can be used for a variety of circumstances including annual planning, program review, and accreditation self-study. Through presentation, discussion, and group activities, learn how to use the Standards to communicate your library’s impact.

Learning Outcomes

Workshop participants will be able to:

    • Establish the library and institutional contexts to effectively engage in planning, self-study, accreditation, or program review processes.
    • Use the ACRL Standards for Libraries in Higher Education and other foundational documents as a framework to develop benchmarks, evaluate quality and performance, and demonstrate value to the institutional mission.
    • Evaluate various metrics and assessment tools to select the best approach for a given situation.
    • Examine the role of leadership in building a culture of evidence to engage all librarians and staff members in effective decision-making

Biography ~ Rhonda Huisman
MAE, MISLT is Dean of University Library at St. Cloud State University, where she directs library strategic planning, instruction, collections, and space as well as staffing, professional development, and outreach. Rhonda has researched faculty-librarian collaborations, information literacy, and the first-year experience, but her primary focus has been on collaborating with K-12 librarians, community colleges, and four-year institutions to research college-readiness initiatives. She attended the Harvard Leadership Institute, and is an alumna of the Immersion Assessment track and current Immersion faculty member. Recent publications and presentations at ALA, ACRL, LOEX, and the IUPUI Assessment Institute covered high-impact education practices, faculty-centered workshops, and communities of practice, and regularly teaches first-year seminars and education courses. She is an active member of local and state committees, ACRL committees, and served as Chair of the Student Learning and Information Literacy Committee in 2016-17. Learn more about Rhonda in her ACRL Member of the Week profile on ACRL Insider.


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