ACRL to offer workshops on assessment, collaboration in San Antonio

Contact: Margot Sutton Conahan


For Immediate Release

August 30, 2005

ACRL to offer workshops on assessment, collaboration in San Antonio

CHICAGO - The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) will hold three workshops in conjunction with the American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting in San Antonio on January 20, 2006.

"Assessing Information Literacy Learning Outcomes ” (Friday, January 20, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) will demonstrate the fundamentals needed to assess student learning outcomes in information literacy.
Workshop participants will discover how assessment is directed towards various stakeholders, including librarians, faculty, administration, students, and accrediting institutions.
Participants also will have an opportunity to write learning objectives linked to the ACRL
Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education.

"Assessment in Academic Libraries: Using the ACRL Standards for Continuous Evaluation” (Friday, January 20, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) introduces the ACRL
Standards for Libraries in Higher Education (2004) as a framework for assessing academic libraries.
Participants will learn how to use commonly collected information: statistics for internal and peer comparison of inputs and outputs, as well as user satisfaction and service quality data for evaluating the academic library.
Attendees will discover how to incorporate performance indicators and outcomes assessment measures for assessing the impact of librarians and libraries on student learning.

"Thinking Outside the Library: Building Collaborative Partnerships with Student Services" (Friday, January 20, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) will provide an introduction to the literature of student services in higher education, with an emphasis on the emergence over the past decade of the model of the student affairs educator. Attendees will learn about model programs from across the country aimed at developing substantive and sustainable partnerships between academic librarians and student affairs personnel in support of student learning. Participants will examine concrete examples as well as a broad view of the issues and possibilities for collaboration across the units.

Complete details about these ACRL professional development workshops are available online at .
Early-bird registration will open on September 1, 2005, and registration materials will be available online at .
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ACRL is a division of the American Library Association (ALA), representing more than 13,000 academic and research librarians and interested individuals. ACRL is the only individual membership organization in North America that develops programs, products and services to meet the unique needs of academic and research librarians. Its initiatives enable the higher education community to understand the role that academic libraries play in the teaching, learning and research environments.