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

Standards for Libraries in Higher Education

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 a.m. The Standards as a Foundation for Assessment

Moving Assessment from Theory into Practice - A Planning and Assessment Cycle Approach

What is Evidence?


1:00-2:00 p.m. Designing Assessments that Demonstrate Mission, Value, and Contribution
2:00-3:30 p.m. Metrics and Benchmarking
3:30-4:30 p.m. 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, Library Director, Marian University
  • Sharon Mader, Dean Emeritus of Library Services, University of New Orleans
  • Lisa Stillwell, Information Literacy Librarian, Franklin & Marshall College

Host Deliverables/Responsibilities

  • Reservation of meeting space and audio-visual equipment, and printing of workshop handouts and materials, per the requirements provided by ACRL.
  • On-site instructional technology and AV support as needed.
  • Reservation of lodging and ensure presenter(s) are given clear understanding of satisfactory ground transportation options.
  • Communicate regularly with presenter(s) regarding program and logistics.
  • Catering for workshop participants and presenters, including refreshment breaks and/or meal services (e.g., breakfast, lunch) as appropriate.
  • Volunteer staff as needed (e.g., general oversight, check-in assistants).
  • Management of registration process, if any.
  • Compilation of attendee roster with complete contact information and registration list.
  • Participant and presenter name badges.

ACRL Deliverables/Responsibilities

  • One full-day workshop at the Host’s site.
  • Expert presenter(s) to teach the workshop. ACRL will cover the expenses for presenter honorarium; presenter travel expenses will be invoiced to the hosts. 
  • Delivery of workshop handouts prior to workshop date.
  • Evaluation design and compilation for overall workshop. ACRL will provide a final evaluation summary report.

How to bring the workshop to your campus or region

Please contact ACRL Program Coordinator Chase Ollis at collis(a) or 800/545-2433 ext. 2521, to discuss dates and locations, pricing, and for complete workshop details. Hosts may choose to recover their costs through registration fees.