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Martha Kyrillidou
Organizational Performance Assessment


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OPAL represents a progression from a decade’s growth in library assessment and strategic planning initiatives to the development of integrated organizational performance models that can better align and focus strategy, performance, and assessment.

North American universities and their libraries will need to make difficult choices during the next decade.

OPAL’s structured and practical approach to assessment responds to the challenging financial conditions; rapid changes in educational, informational, and technological methods and resources; and the continuous development of new approaches for teaching, learning, research, and clinical care, which all directly impact the library environment.

Stakeholders have also become more insistent on greater accountability in higher education and want evidence of efficiency and effectiveness.

Ultimately, we must be able to report, with quantitative measures and qualitative assessment, that the library makes a critical contribution to the organization’s core mission.