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Value and Impact Workshop

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Monday, June 28, 2010
9:00 a.m.– 3:00 p.m.
Rhode Island Room
The Mayflower Renaissance
Washington DC

In conjunction with the ALA Annual Conference

Register here by May 28

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Statistics and Assessment Program is offering a full-day workshop on "Value and Impact" with Stephen Town, Director of the University Library & Archives, University of York (UK).

This workshop will explain, illustrate, and engage with potential methods of value and impact measurement, drawing on UK and other international academic library experience.

Workshop participants will develop a broad personal and institutional perspective of this area of library performance measurement, and will be in a position to make choices on approaches relevant to their local context.

The workshop is aimed at academic library directors and senior staff, and staff with either interest in or specific responsibility for assessment or performance measurement.

The day will include consideration of impact measurement in the morning session, drawing on the SCONUL VAMP project and its impact measurement tool, and will allow time for consideration of how this method might be applied in participants' libraries. In the afternoon, the field of value measurement will be reviewed, again allowing time for consideration of how tools and techniques might be applied locally. The workshop style will be a mix of lecture, case studies, discussion, and participant group work to provide experience of use of value and impact tools.


Stephen Town, Director of the University Library & Archives, University of York (UK)

Stephen Town is Director of Information and University Librarian at the University of York, UK, including responsibility for the Libraries, Archives, and Computing Services. Prior to joining York, Stephen worked for Cranfield University, and has also been active in teaching, research, and consultancy within the UK and internationally. Stephen was, until recently, Chair of SCONUL’s Working Group on Performance Improvement and has led projects on benchmarking, information literacy measures, LibQUAL+®, and value and impact measurement for SCONUL. Stephen is a member of international conference and journal editorial boards in the evaluation field, and has presented and written widely on assessment topics.

The workshop is based on Stephen’s experience and research in the field of value and impact measurement, and on a successful program created for a group of Australian university libraries developing an impact and value project. Stephen Town is a member of the 2010 Library Assessment Conference Planning Committee—an event scheduled to take place October 25–27 in Baltimore, Maryland.


The workshop is on Monday, June 28 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm and will meet in the Rhode Island Room in The Mayflower Renaissance in downtown Washington, D.C.


The participation fee is $125 (does not include lunch).


Click here to register. The registration deadline is May 28.

Contact Information

David Green
Library Relations Coordinator
Association of Research Libraries
Statistics and Assessment Program
21 Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 800
Washington DC 20036-1543
202-296-2296 x136

Participant Cancellations

Written requests for cancellation will be honored until (and including) May 28, 2010, with a $50 cancellation fee. After that date, no refund will be given. Registration and payment may be transferred to another individual at your institution. If you wish to cancel or transfer, please send an e-mail with your request to