Preparing for Accreditation: An Introduction for Librarians

An ACRL e-Learning Online Course
October 20-November 7, 2014

As accreditors increasingly stress integrated planning, outcomes assessment, and data-driven decision making as criteria for accreditation, librarians are asked to demonstrate their contributions to institutional outcomes. This course will assist librarians in preparing for accreditation and will take a “how to do it” approach with an emphasis on compiling evidence, writing persuasive self-study documents, and creating long-term plans as part of and aligned with institutional accreditation efforts.

This course will introduce participants to the concepts of integrated planning, outcomes assessment, evidence, and data-driven decision making and their importance in current accreditation standards. Next, the course will introduce regional accreditation standards and teach participants to analyze standards for the implications for libraries. Finally, the course will present strategies for compiling evidence, writing persuasive self-study documents, and creating long-range plans for outcomes, assessment and integrated planning.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand the concepts of integrated planning, outcomes assessment, evidence and data-driven decision-making and their importance in current accreditation standards.
  • Be able to analyze a set of accreditation standards in order to identify the implications for the library and be familiar with regional accreditation standards, as well as any specialty standards, relevant to their setting.
  • Be able to create a plan to prepare for a future accreditation report or visit.

Presenters: Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Melissa Wong, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Course Requirements: Your participation will require approximately three to five hours per week of primarily asynchronous activities to:

  • Read the online seminar material
  • Post to online discussion boards
  • Synchronous chat sessions (optional)
  • Complete online exercises

The course will include weekly multimedia lessons; structured forum discussions; and weekly chat sessions with the instructors. Participants will create an action plan to prepare for a future accreditation report or visit.

Registration fees:

ACRL member: $135
ALA member: $175
Nonmember: $195
Student: $60

How to register:

  • Scroll down to the month when the course is offered.
  • Select the "Register" link next to the course name.
  • You will need to log in with your ALA ID & password. If you do not have an ALA ID & password, you will be asked to create one in order to register.

Course access instructions will be sent out one business day prior to the start of the course.

Class size is limited to 60 participants. Full refunds will be granted up to one business day prior to the start of the course.

Member rates apply to personal memberships only. Want to join ACRL or ALA? Complete the online membership form, available on the ALA Web site. If you join ALA/ACRL within five days of registering, we will adjust your fee (please fax a copy of your completed registration form to ACRL at 312-280-2520 ).

Questions should be directed to Margot Conahan at mconahan@ala.org.