On-Demand Webinar: Small Library Assessment Hills You Can Climb

Description: We will briefly describe the landscape of library assessment, beginning with why we do assessment, then quickly cover different methods for assessment. Presenters will share achievable library projects used in their own libraries, including examples of some quick accomplishments. The projects reflect assessing cross-departmental foundation courses, benchmarking your institution’s data with peer data and presenting that in a dashboard, handling non-generalizable data, working with advisory boards or focus groups and gathering student feedback. All of the projects might be accomplished relatively quickly in a new assessment librarian’s first year or that could fit in with other responsibilities that those interested in assessment have. While the examples are from academic libraries, other libraries could adapt the projects for their own organization.

Learning Outcomes: 

By the end of the presentation, attendees will be able to:

  • Describe the purpose of assessment in academic libraries.
  • Describe several small assessment projects that could be accomplished relatively quickly

    Who Should Attend: New Assessment Librarians and librarians with assessment in their job responsibilities


    Anita Hall: is the Assessment & Analytics Librarian at the University of Louisville Libraries. Prior to UofL she worked in a variety of academic libraries large and small, with a focus on assessment as the throughline.

    Anita Hill, anita.hall@louisville.edu

    Julene Jones: is the Director of Library Assessment and the Organizational Effectiveness Librarian at the University of Kentucky. Prior to this she was the Head of Database Integrity at University of Kentucky Libraries where she was responsible for running reports, maintaining the consistency of the catalog, and authority control.

    Julene Jones, julene.jones@uky.edu

    Lee Ann Lannom is the Assessment Librarian at the Vanderbilt University Libraries. Prior to becoming the assessment librarian, she was a subject librarian at the Peabody Library at Vanderbilt, working with the departments of Teaching & Learning and Special Education.

    Lee Ann Lannom, lee.ann.lannom@vanderbilt.edu

    Tech Requirements

    Core Webinars are held in Zoom. Speakers or a headset for listening to the presentation are required. Closed captioning is available in the Zoom platform.