We will be headed to cool Indianapolis later this week for ACRL 2013 annual conference. Our slot is:
Do or Do Not...There is No Try: The Quest for Library Value
Saturday 4/13, 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Venue: JW, Room: Grand Ballroom 7-8
Librarians today can establish academic library value by linking library services and resources to the missions, goals, and needs of their institutions. Statistical correlations between student library interactions and established learning and retention measures offer one path to demonstrable library value. This panel reveals research results from three libraries that successfully followed this path, shares best practices for "doing" value research, and embraces the quest to both prove and improve the value of academic libraries.
Explain the concept of correlation and the role of correlation in establishing and communicating the value of academic libraries.
State several correlations between student interactions with the library and learning, retention, and achievement measures.
Form a plan for the investigation of correlations between library interactions and success measures at their own institutions.
Session Hashtag: #acrlcorrelation
In addition to Shane, Jan and Kate, we will be presenting with:
Graham Stone, Information Resources Manager, University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield
David Pattern, Library Systems Manager, University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield
Melissa Bowles-Terry, Instruction and Assessment Librarian, University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY
Megan Oakleaf, Associate Professor, Syracuse University
It will be interesting to hear more what other institutions are doing from the horse's mouth as it were (beyond reading what they are writing), what challenges they are facing and what our colleagues think of all this.
We will add a link to a presentation once it is finished (hopefully later today).