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New England Assessment in Action Symposium

The New England Assessment in Action Symposium

September 13, 2016, 9am-3:30pm
Assumption College, Worcester, MA

One of the biggest challenges for academic libraries is how to measure impact and communicate value to campus leadership and accreditors. Assessment in Action: Academic Libraries and Student Success is an initiative undertaken by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) in order to help academic librarians build their skills in carrying out data-driven assessment projects.

Join us for this program to hear from your New England colleagues who participated in AiA, and learn how the academic library community might build on its success at the national and regional level.

Registration for this program is now closed.


Assessment in Action: Academic Libraries and Student Success

Program website from ACRL national office. Includes overview and history of AiA, summaries and reports, extensive resources, and a full list of participating institutions from all 3 pilot years.

ACRL Presents: Documented Library Contributions to Student Learning and Success from the AiA Program

In May 2016, ACRL hosted an online open forum to report on the assessment work of the 120+ institutions to date.. View the recording below. Speakers: Kara Malenfant (ACRL), Karen Brown (Dominican University).
Also avaialble as slides and a published report.

AiA Online Collection

Searchable online collection of AiA team project reports, poster abstracts, and images

College & Research Libraries Special Issue on AiA

The March 2016 issue of College & Research Libraries features articles by 7 AiA project teams.

Putting Assessment into Action book coverPutting Assessment into Action: Selected Projects from the First Cohort of the Assessment in Action Grant

This book, edited by Eric Ackermann for ACRL, is available for lending to member libraries through the MLS Professional Collection. Includes projects from several AiA teams in New England.

ACRL Value of Academic Libraries

AiA is part of ACRL's Value of Academic Libraries initiative, a multiyear, multifaceted project intended to empower academic librarians with data and methods for demonstrating library value relative to institutional goals and objectives. The VAL website includes the official VAL report, white paper, bibliography, blog, and many other resources.


9:00 AM        Registration
                     Continental breakfast
                     Poster set-up for presenters

10:00 AM      Welcoming remarks 

10:15 AM      Keynote address:
                      Irene Herold, 2016-17 ACRL President

11:15 AM      Break

11:30 AM      Panel discussion with AiA participants

12:30 PM      Lunch and Poster sessions

2:00 PM        Break

2:15 PM        Roundtable discussions:
                     Challenges and opportunities in developing
                     and sustaining library research projects

3:15 PM        Closing remarks

Directions and Parking

Assumption College
500 Salisbury St.
Worcester, MA

  • Visitor Information (including directions and campus map)
  • Parking: You will be directed to event parking at the front gate.
  • Program Location: Hagan Campus Center
    Follow signs from parking area.

Further Resources for Assessment Planning