Planning, Assessing, and Communicating Library Impact: Putting the Standards for Libraries in Higher Education into Action (Off-RoadShow Virtual Workshop)

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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.

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Who Should Participate?

This online workshop is intended for all librarians, library staff, and library administrators who need to demonstrate the value of their library by documenting their contributions to overall institutional effectiveness and/or to identify areas for quality improvement. Attendees are not expected to have previous experience applying the Standards. Though the primary audience is librarians, library staff, library administrators and other campus professionals in areas of assessment, institutional planning and improvement, and academic technology may be interested as well.

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Learning Outcomes

After attending this online 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 assessment to engage all librarians and staff members in effective decision-making.

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This virtual workshop takes place over two 2-hour sessions on different days, and the schedule is flexible as to mornings or afternoons. Below is a breakdown of what is covered in each session:

Session 1 (2 hours)

  • The Standards as a Foundation for Assessment; Moving Assessment from Theory into Practice - A Planning and Assessment Cycle Approach; Developing Outcomes
  • Designing Assessments that Demonstrate Mission, Value, and Contribution (Criteria, Actions, Evidence, Analysis, Change)

Session 2 (2 hours)

  • Metrics and Benchmarking
  • Leadership and Organizational Change; Wrap-up and Reflection


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Andrea Falcone
Andrea Falcone
Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe
Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe
Rhonda Huisman
Rhonda Huisman
Lisa Stillwell
Lisa Stillwell


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Smaller Groups

Cost: $2,500 (as low as $105/person!)
Participants: up to 24
Presenters: 1

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Larger Groups

Cost: $4,500 (as low as $75/person!)
Participants: 25 - 60
Presenters: 2

Organizational members of ACRL receive a 10% discount off the hosting cost. Not sure about your organization's membership status? Contact Margot Conahan at to find out. 

Host Responsibilities

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Technology Requirements

Virtual Meeting Platform License and DJ

Host should have a virtual meeting platform license and provide someone to coordinate technical issues for the live sessions. Note: Presenters have a strong preference for Zoom. Please let ACRL know if your institution uses a different virtual meeting platform.

Host's virtual meeting software must have the following features:

  • Screen sharing capabilities
  • Breakout rooms
  • Chat
  • Polling
  • Ability to mute participants
  • Virtual hand-raise feature
  • Closed captioning

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Other Host Responsibilities

  • Management of registration process, including adding specific qusetions requested by the presenters to the registration form
  • Communicating with presenters and attendees
  • Marketing and publicity of the virtual workshop
  • Limit attendance to participant level set by ACRL
  • Provide attendee roster to presenters and ACRL
  • Ensuring a safe and harassment-free learning environment. We invite and encourage you to use ACRL's Statement of Appropriate Conduct as a model.

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To schedule a virtual workshop, please contact Margot Conahan at