Standards for Libraries in Higher Education Training Workshops

Bring the one-day workshop, “Planning, Assessing, and Communicating Library Impact: Putting the Standards for Libraries in Higher Education into Action,” to your campus, chapter, or consortia.  The workshop is led by one or two expert presenters at locations across the country upon request. 


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

Sample Schedule

8:30-11:30      The Standards as a Foundation for Assessment
                          Moving Assessment from Theory into Practice –A Planning and Assessment Cycle Approach
                          What is Evidence?
11:30-1:00       Lunch
1:00-2:00         Designing Assessments that Demonstrate Mission, Value, and Contribution
2:00-3:30         Metrics and Benchmarking
3:30-4:30         Leadership and Organizational Change


Expert presenters include:

  • Andrea Falcone, Head of Education and Outreach Services, University of Colorado Denver
  • Debra Gilchrist, Vice President for Learning and Student Success, Pierce College
  • Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe, Professor and Coordinator for Information Literacy, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Rhonda Huisman, Associate Dean, Wichita State University Libraries
  • Sharon Mader, Dean of Library Services, University of New Orleans
  • Kara Malenfant, Senior Strategist for Special Initiatives, ACRL
  • Lisa Stillwell, Information Literacy Librarian, Franklin & Marshall College

How to bring the workshop to your campus or region

Please contact Margot Conahan, Manager of Professional Development, at; 312-280-2522, to discuss dates and locations, pricing, and for complete workshop details.  Hosts may choose to recover their costs through registration fees.