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Friday, January 25, 2013
1:30–3:00 p.m.
ARL Library Assessment Forum
Sheraton Seattle, Ravenna Room
Seattle, Washington
No registration necessary

In a panel presentation on the Lib-Value project, Steven Smith, Regina Mays, and Teresa Walker from the University of Tennessee will discuss their efforts to demonstrate the value of the library. Steve Smith will discuss how the value and return of investment studies are used from the perspective of the dean--how he has used them to support the library; how it meets the needs of an outcome-based budgeting model; and how his campus leadership has responded. Regina Mays will discuss a similar perspective from an assessment librarian's point of view. Teresa Walker will demonstrate how Lib-Value has been used to assess student success in relation to the use of the learning commons environment.

The Lib-Value IMLS-funded work was also recently featured at the December CNI Membership Meeting in a presentation on how the library contributes to student success (PPTX) by Rachel Fleming-Mays, Teresa Walker, and Martha Kyrillidou. In the CNI session, Mary Ellen Davis and Kara Malenfant from ACRL presented plans for training 300 libraries over the coming three years with grant funds secured through IMLS.

The Library Assessment Forum will conclude with an overview of the recent Library Assessment Conference held in Charlottesville, Virginia, and a discussion of plans for the next Library Assessment Conference, scheduled to take place in August 2014 in Seattle.

Friday, June 22, 2012
1:30–3:00 p.m.
ARL Library Assessment Forum
Hilton Anaheim, Carmel Room
Anaheim, California

Carol Tenopir and Bruce Kingma will review the LIBvalue grant work and the Library Assessment Conference planning committee co-chairs—Steve Hiller, Martha Kyrillidou, and Jim Self—will provide an update on the conference plans.

Friday, January 20, 2012
1:30–3:00 p.m.
ARL Library Assessment Forum
Fairmont Hotel, Continental Room
Dallas, Texas

Please come and discover the measures that describe library value! Join to learn about the latest developments coming out of the Lib-Value project, an IMLS-funded grant that aims to empower the demonstration of value in our academic libraries. Dr. Carol Tenopir, Dr. Bruce Kingma and Ken Wise will present on the status of the project and invite input from attendees.

We also have news to share regarding the upcoming Library Assessment Conference to be held in Charlottesville, VA on Oct 29-31, 2012. Conference Co-Chairs Martha Kyrillidou, Steve Hiller, and Jim Self will provide an update and outline upcoming important dates. A call for proposals (papers and posters) will be made soon.

We hope to see you Friday afternoon in Dallas for a cup of coffee (or tea), good discussion, and good company!

Friday, June 24, 2011
12:30–2:00 p.m.
ARL Library Assessment Forum
Loews Hotel, Terrebonne room
New Orleans, Louisiana

As part of the Library Assessment Forum, Bruce Kingma (Syracuse U), Don King (U of Tennessee and Bryant U), and Ken Wise (U of Tennessee) provided the latest findings from the research that is underway under the LibValue grant. The session also featured a presentation by Joyce Chapman (North Carolina State U) on NCSU's open-source tablet application for staff to use in assessing how patrons are using library services and spaces; the open-source release is coming up this summer! Last but not least, an update on the latest planning activities for the Library Assessment Conference in Charlottesville (October 29-31, 2012) was provided.

Friday, January 7, 2011
1:30–3:00 p.m.
ARL Library Assessment Forum
San Diego Convention Center
San Diego, California

The forum started with an update by Steve Hiller (U of Washington), Martha Kyrillidou (ARL), and Jim Self (U of Virginia)--Library Assessment Conference Co-Chairs--on the wildly successful conference held in Baltimore last fall. The latest information in relation to the LibValue grant activities was presented by Carol Tenopir (Co-Pi, U of Tennessee), Megan Oakleaf (Syracuse U), and Rachel Fleming-May (U of Tennessee). Follow the links for copies of the presentations.

Friday, June 25, 2010
1:30–3:00 p.m.
ARL Library Assessment Forum
Hilton Washington
Gunston Room
Washington, DC

This forum focused on how libraries are using data to support budget reallocation and justifications, how data are driving our understanding of trends in funding higher education and libraries, and how we are surviving the tough economic climate. Presentations on “Using Assessment to Pursue Alternative Funding Sources,” by Rachel Besara and Kirsten Kinsley, Florida State University, and a “Budget Overview, University of Virginia Library, June 2010,“ by Jim Self, University of Virginia, are available. Also, a discussion of the Library Assessment Conference in Baltimore to be held in October 2010 took place as part of the forum; see posts about the conference on the blog. Steve Hiller, University of Washington, delivered a related presentation on "How Using ARL Statistics Helped Get Us More Money!" at the Survey Coordinators meeting.

Friday, January 15, 2010
1:30 p.m.–3:00 p.m.
Library Assessment Forum:
Effective, Sustainable, and Practical Assessment
InterContinental Hotel
Griffin/Robinson Room
Boston, Massachusetts

The forum focused on the recent IMLS grant on Return on Investment (ROI) awarded to ARL, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and the University of Tennessee, with a presentation by Carol Tenopir, co-PI, who led a discussion on the research that has taken place to this date and engaged the community to shape the ROI methodologies developed. The forum also included a presentation by Linda Plunket of Boston University (BU) regarding BU's efforts to create a culture of assessment. An update and community discussion about the 2010 Library Assessment Conference to be held on October 25–27 in Baltimore, Maryland, concluded the meeting.

Friday, July 10, 2009
1:30 p.m.–3:00 p.m.
Library Assessment Forum:
Effective, Sustainable, and Practical Assessment
Palmer House Hilton
Wabash Parlor
17 East Monroe Street
Chicago, Illinois

Come help us plan the most important event in library assessment--the 2010 Library Assessment Conference to be held on October 25–27 in Baltimore, Maryland!

Friday, January 23, 2009
1:30 p.m.–3:00 p.m.
Library Assessment Forum:
Effective, Sustainable, and Practical Assessment
The Curtis Hotel
Denver, Colorado

Follow-up meeting from the Library Assessment Conference in Seattle WA.

Budget-Reduction Planning: The University of Miami Experience
Sharyn Ladner

Library Metrics: Users, Use Trends and New Service Models
Steve Hiller

Friday, January 11, 2008
9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. &
1:30 p.m.–3:00 p.m.
ARL Library Assessment Coordinators Meeting &
Library Assessment Forum
University of Pennsylvania
Houston Hall
Hall of Flags Room
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The first ARL Library Assessment Coordinators meeting was hosted by the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia on January 11. The meeting was open to all those in ARL libraries who have responsibility for or work on assessment-related activities (not just assessment “coordinators”) and was part of an ARL effort to support the community of assessment practice. It was designed not only to exchange information about assessment in libraries but also to help develop personal connections with counterparts at other institutions. Transcribed notes from these discussions have been posted on the Library Assessment Blog Further discussion will take place at the 2008 Library Assessment Conference in August.

The afternoon continued with the Library Assessment Forum and wonderful presentations by Joe Zucca (UPenn) [PPT] and Xin Li (Cornell) [PPT]!

Friday, June 22, 2007
1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Marriott at Metro Center
Montreal Room
Washington, DC

We look forward to seeing you at the upcoming Library Assessment Forum.

Friday, January 19, 2007
Seattle, Washington

At a meeting held January 19, 2007, in Seattle, ARL Visiting Program Officers Steve Hiller (Washington) and Jim Self (Virginia) reviewed the September 2006 Library Assessment Conference held in Charlottesville, Virginia. A PowerPoint presentation is available at

The cover story of the December 2006 issue of the OCLC newsletter, NextSpace, highlights The Ultimate Question, a new book by Fred Reichheld, a consultant with Bain & Company. In his book, Reichheld, states that one simple question can determine an organization’s future: Would you recommend us to a friend? In the NextSpace article, Steve Hiller is interviewed and provides readers with a definition of library assessment and a view into the site visits made to 24 ARL libraries during the ARL project on Making Library Assessment Work. The article is available online at