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Thursday, November 3 • 3:35pm - 4:15pm
Stay Calm and Cover Your ASSessment: Creating a Culture of Assessment on a Shoestring

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One of the academic initiatives of our time is student success; therefore, a library mission that contributes to the academic success of students is a necessity. While academic libraries routinely engage in assessment for a variety of reasons such as improving processes, responding to customer needs, and reporting accreditation requirements, many academic libraries are being required to prove the value of the library to the institution by contributing to the academic success of its students.
Assessment is no longer a choice for libraries, it has become an expectation. Although most libraries are already doing some assessment, there is little effort to build a culture of assessment where staff understand and fully engage in the process. In many organizations, assessment is often initiated and driven by library administration. Despite good intentions, many initiatives ultimately fail due to lack of staff buy-in.
How can assessment become a library-wide initiative in which everyone participates with shared, common goals? What strategies can be used to promote a culture of assessment?
By the end of this session attendees will be able to formulate ideas of how to develop a library-wide culture of assessment and create a toolkit that supports the development of essential skill sets required to support this initiative. Poll Everywhere, Q & A, and discussion will engage attendees.

Speakers
avatar for Audrey Powers

Audrey Powers

Associate Librarian, College of the Arts, University of South Florida
I am an Associate Librarian at the University of South Florida. Currently, I work with students and faculty in The College of The Arts, but in my former life I was a Science librarian. These very different roles have provided me with the unique opportunity to work with researchers, faculty and students who are intriguing and dedicated to the disciplines they are engaged in. | | As a Charleston Conference Director I collaborate with other... Read More →
avatar for Susan Silver

Susan Silver

Associate Librarian, Social Sciences Librarian, University of South Florida
I am the social sciences librarian at the University of South Florida Tampa Library. I teaches information literacy skills to undergraduate and graduate students and develop and maintain collections for several areas within the social sciences. My research focuses primarily on the impact of technology on academic libraries, specifically the intersection of information literacy and computer-aided library instruction. Other research interests are... Read More →
avatar for Matt Torrence

Matt Torrence

Associate Librarian, STEM Librarian, University of South Florida
I currently serve as the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics) Librarian at the University of South Florida, Tampa Library. Along with the rest of the library professionals and subject specialists, I provide information expertise to students and faculty, with a special focus on the research needs of the clients and colleagues from topics related to business and technology. I work extensively in evaluating the resource... Read More →


Thursday November 3, 2016 3:35pm - 4:15pm
Colonial Ballroom, Embassy Suites 337 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29403