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Assessment: Topics, Trends, and Tools

If you only use one resource from this guide, make it this one!

For Academic Libraries: For Public Libraries: For School Libraries:

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.


Project Outcome

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:


Action Research

Data Dashboards, Data Visualization, and Infographics


Return on Investment





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.

Textual Analysis