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Program - 2013 Annual Conference

Measuring Up: Developing New Metrics for Assessing Library Performance |

Mon, July 1, 10:30 am-11:30 am McCormick Place Convention Center-S103bc

Speakers: Rachel Fleming-May (LibValue Project); Kathy Rosa, Director of the ALA Office of Research and Statistics

The traditional measures of library performance--reference questions answered, size of collections, etc--no longer tell the whole story of how libraries impact users. 

How can academic and public libraries develop new metrics that give a more complete picture of library effectiveness? 

This program, sponsored by the ALA Committee on Research and Statistics, explored this question.  Our speakers will include Rachel Fleming-May from the IMLS-funded Lib-Value (Value, Outcomes, and Return on Investment of Academic Libraries) project; and Kathy Rosa, Director of the ALA Office of Research and Statistics.

Co-sponsored session

Do those Evaluation Statistics mean anything?  Co-sponsoring program with Assn. of Specialized & Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) |

Sun, June 30, 8:30 am-10:00 am MCP-S404a

The quality and rigor of program evaluation in library services lags behind other related fields, including education and social services. The problem is complex as it involves technical, administrative and cultural challenges. In this session, staff from the Institute of Museum and Library Services Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation will discuss strategies for improving the capacity of libraries to use evaluation by creating a network linking those producing evaluation with those who use the information to make better decisions.