Assessment in Action: Demonstrating and Communicating Library Contributions to Student Learning and Success

ACRL Preconference @ ALA Annual Conference
Friday, June 22, 2018
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
New Orleans, Louisiana

Higher education institutions of all types are facing intensified attention to assessment and accountability issues. Academic libraries are increasingly connecting with colleagues and campus stakeholders to design and implement assessment that documents their contributions to institutional priorities. In this day-long preconference on strategic and sustainable assessment, participants will identify institutional priorities and campus partners, design an assessment project grounded in action research, and prepare a plan for communicating the project results. This preconference is based on the highly successful ACRL Assessment in Action program curriculum.

Learning Outcomes

Preconference participants will be able to...

  • Apply action research as a means to designing robust assessment plans, practices, and processes.
  • Implement assessment practices that document the impact of libraries on student learning, academic programs and activities, and institutional initiatives.
  • Collaborate with key campus partners to plan and conduct assessment that aligns library outcomes with institutional initiatives, priorities, and assessment activities.
  • Use the results of assessment and action research to foster support for library contributions to student learning and success.

Who Should Attend

This preconference is intended for all librarians, library staff, and library administrators who seek to design and implement an assessment project that investigates the impact of the library on student learning and success. The preconference is particularly relevant for those who are interested in working with campus partners and aligning assessment with institutional priorities. Attendees are not expected to have previous experience with assessment.


Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe

Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe is Professor/Coordinator for Information Literacy Services and Instruction in the University Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as well as an affiliate faculty member in the university’s library school. Lisa was the 2010-2011 President of ACRL. Along with Debra Gilchrist, Lisa was the lead designer for ACRL’s training program for the Standards for Libraries in Higher Education and the IMLS-funded Assessment in Action project. For more information about Lisa, see


How to register

Access the ALA Annual Conference registration materials to submit your registration. The preconference code is ACR1.

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Registration fees

ACRL member - $225
ALA member - $255
Nonmember - $295

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