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

ACRL Preconference @ ALA Annual Conference
Chicago, Illinois
Friday, June 28, 2013
8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

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 Objectives

  • 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.


Rhonda Huisman, Assistant Librarian, University Library, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis; Lisa Stillwell, Information Literacy Librarian, Franklin & Marshall College


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ACRL member - $235
ALA member - $285
Nonmember - $305
Retired - $105
Student - $105

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