ALA Committees Involved in Assessment
Our working definition of assessment: based on the description of the charge in the ALA Handbook of Organization, "assessment committees" include any committee that deals with quantitative, evaluative, and comparative measurement of libraries.
If our definition is broadly applied, additional committees could also be considered as "assessment" committees. For example, many divisions and sections have their own committees for statistics, and several also deal with evaluation in some form. However, both of these generally relate to a particular service or function being provided.
ACRL (Association of College and Research Libraries)
Standards and Accreditation Committee – "direct the development of standards and guidelines... establish and maintain appropriate liaisons with accrediting agencies and other organizations that monitor and evaluate the performance of academic libraries"
Education and Behavioral Sciences Section (EBSS)
Communication Studies Committee – "activities include... evaluation and discussion of resources and services"
RUSA (Reference and User Services Association)
Collection Development and Evaluation Section (CODES)
Collection Development Policies and Assessment Committee – "identifies, develops, evaluates, and disseminates information and resources relevant for... assessment techniques "
LAMA (Library Administration and Management Association)
Buildings and Equipment Section (BES)
Functional Space Requirements – "assess the current status of national space allocation standards and guidelines; to develop new standards for physical space requirements for libraries in conjunction with other ALA units and external organizations such as AIA, ANSI, ASTM, and NISO"
Systems and Services Section (SASS)
Management Practices Committee - "collect, organize, and disseminate information on management practices for all types of libraries in the area of systems and services. The focus of work will be on the management of technology related to these two areas – on applications rather than theory. Activities will include but not be limited to the encouragement of research, the development of standards, and the general study of issues in this area."
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Last updated: January 25, 2018