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If you only use one resource from this guide, make it this one!
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Assessment in Action: Academic Libraries and Student Success
Program website from ACRL national office. Includes overview and history of AiA, summaries and reports, and a database of dozens of academic library assessment projects with methodology and findings.
See also: New England Assessment in Action Symposium
Resources from this fall 2016 event featuring AiA participants from NE libraries.
A free toolkit from the Public Library Association. This robust resource includes patron surveys you can administer online or in print, a data dashboard and analytics, and lots of information about outcomes assessment. (If you are not from a public library, you can sign up to view the informational materials, but you will not be able to deploy the surveys.)
A Planning Guide for Empowering Learners
Based on the School Library Program Assessment Rubric, this tool from AASL is an online program assessment and planning module for school libraries. (As of April 2017, cost is $50, with member and district-wide discounts available.)
More Library Assessment Topics, Trends, and Tools:
Data Dashboards, Data Visualization, and Infographics
School Library Infographics by Find out how you can increase the impact of your school library instruction, promotion, and organization with the utilization of infographics created with do-it-yourself tips found within this guidebook. * Includes more than 30 original visuals available for reproduction * Provides tips for sharing infographics through social media * Demonstrates how to effectively pair infographics and education to maximize your library's impact on students * Shows how graphics can be used to enhance instruction * Features a list of applications and tools for creating your own infographics using basic, easy-to-access, and free software
Call Number: 027.8 CREIGHTON 2015
Publication Date: 2015-05-18
Robust data visualization tool and dashboard. This is the free version. Several fee-based options are available in addition.
Return on Investment
Library Value Calculator
Developed right here in Massachusetts, this tool calculates the financial value of your local public library.
Measuring Your Library's Value by With tax-funded organizations under microscopic scrutiny, library directors need to make a strong public case for the value their library provides. Measuring Your Library's Value, designed to serve large to medium-sized public libraries, gives librarians the tools to conduct a defensible and credible Cost-Benefit Analysis (CBA). Based on research funded by IMLS and PLA, this hands-on reference covers the economic basics with librarian-friendly terms and examples, preparing library leaders to collaborate with economist-consultants. Library directors and trustees will learn how to credibly measure the dollars and cents value your community receives from library services and access proven examples for communicating what different community stakeholders need to hear.
Call Number: PROF 025.1 ELLIOTT
Publication Date: 2006-11-01
"An open-source mobile web-based assessment toolkit for collecting and analyzing observational data about the usage of physical spaces and services. "
Led by Laura Saunders, Assistant Professor at the Simmons School of Library and Information Science, this webinar introduces libraries to the basics of survey research and data analysis.
Sample: Word Cloud Reporting Qualitative Information
The word clouds on this page were developed from participants' comments at the NE Assessment in Action Symposium. Note how some themes are immediately apparent based on word frequency.
SameDiff from Data Basic
Compares two sets of texts and shows terms common to both, as well as terms found only in each individual document. Use to compare qualitative text, such as survey comments.
A free tool for generating word clouds that is easy to use and allows you to customize colors, fonts, and layouts.