Library Assessment in Higher Education, 2nd Edition

  • Joseph R. Matthews
  • Published By: Libraries Unlimited
  • ISBN-10: 1610698185
  • ISBN-13: 9781610698184
  • DDC: 027.7
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - 12th Grade
  • 180 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2015 | Published/Released March 2015
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2015

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Academic libraries are increasingly being asked to demonstrate their value as one of many units on campus, but determining the outcomes of an academic library within the context of its collegiate setting is challenging. This book explains and clarifies the practice of assessment in academic institutions, enabling library managers to better understand and explain the impact of the library on student learning outcomes, teaching effectiveness, and research productivity. Providing essential information for all college and university librarians, this volume discusses and summarizes the outcomes of research that has been conducted to investigate assessment within the context of higher education. This updated second edition incorporates additional research, examines new trends, and covers groundbreaking advances in digital assessment tools as well as the changes in the amount and forms of data utilized in the assessment process. The chapters address assessment from a campus setting and present data that demonstrate the value of the library within that setting in terms of learning, research, and overall impact. In sum, the book presents librarians with up-to-date, practical guidelines for planning and conducting assessment.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
1: Introduction.
2: Mission of the College or University.
3: Model of the Student Educational Process.
4: Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes.
5: Assessment of the Library’s Contribution to Student Learning Outcomes.
6: Institutional Assessment of Teaching Effectiveness.
7: Assessment of the Library’s Impact on Teaching Effectiveness.
8: Institutional Assessment of the Research Environment.
9: Assessment of the Library’s Impact on the Research Environment.
10: The Library’s Impact in Other Areas.
11: Planning Assessment.
12: Implementing Assessment.
Appendix: Outcomes Questions for Practitioners.
About the Author.