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

Standards for Libraries in Higher Education

Bring this one-day workshop to your campus, chapter, or consortium! To schedule a workshop, contact Chase Ollis at or (312) 280-2521.

Cover of Standards for Libraries in Higher Education booklet Program Description

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.

Number of presenters: One presenter for up to 40 participants, or two presenters for up to 100 participants.

Who Should Attend

This workshop is intended for all librarians, library staff, and library administrators who need to demonstrate the value of their library by documenting their contributions to overall institutional effectiveness and/or to identify areas for quality improvement. Attendees are not expected to have previous experience applying the Standards. Though the primary audience is librarians, library staff, library administrators and other campus professionals in areas of assessment, institutional planning and improvement, and academic technology may be interested as well.

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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 assessment to engage all librarians and staff members in effective decision-making.

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Sample Schedule

Total Time: 7 hours, 30 minutes

  • 3 Hours: The Standards as a Foundation for Assessment; Moving Assessment from Theory into Practice - A Planning and Assessment Cycle Approach; Developing Outcomes
  • 60 Minutes: Lunch
  • 75 Minutes: Designing Assessments that Demonstrate Mission, Value, and Contribution (Criteria, Actions, Evidence, Analysis, Change)
  • 75 Minutes: Metrics and Benchmarking
  • 60 Minutes: Leadership and Organizational Change; Wrap-up and Reflection


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Andrea Falcone
Andrea Falcone
Debra Gilchrist
Debra Gilchrist
Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe
Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe
Rhonda Huisman
Rhonda Huisman
Sharon Mader
Sharon Mader
Lisa Stillwell
Lisa Stillwell


Don't take our word for it. See what participants are saying!

"This was one of the best workshops I have ever attended. As someone who would describe herself as novice/intermediate in terms of assessment knowledge this was eyeopening and provided me with many ideas that I am implementing now."

"I felt like I received solid, practical information - not just theory."

"I feel much more confident about crafting outcomes!"

“I really liked the presenter's examples and explanations of how to express and reflect outcomes most effectively.”

“I am not in a leadership position, but I will now be able to better support my supervisor with any program assessment she would like to initiate.”

“Very informative workshop and speaker!”

“I have been exposed to the ACRL Standards and the concepts of assessment but mostly in isolation. It was nice to interact and see how others use it in their own institutional contexts.”

Bring this workshop to your campus!

Ready to host this workshop at your institution? Here's what you need to know about hosting an ACRL RoadShow. To schedule a workshop, please contact Chase Ollis at or (312) 280-2521.