Assessment in Action

WNY/O ACRL Fall Conference, 2015

Friday, October 30, 2015 – 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
RIT Inn & Conference Center
5257 W. Henrietta Rd
Henrietta, NY 14467
Phone: 585-359-1800

Our speakers for the day:

Gabriela Castro Gessner, Research and Assessment Analyst, Cornell University Library
Zsuzsa Koltay, Special Projects Librarian, Cornell University
Bonnie J.M. Swoger, Science Librarian, Head of Reference and Access Services, Milne Library at SUNY Geneseo
Corey Ha, Head of ITS, Milne Library at SUNY Geneseo

The conference program will follow shortly. More information can be found here:

Registration is open until October 16. Register online at

Any questions or comments can be directed to:
Jonathan Coe
Programs Chair, WNY/O ACRL
Niagara University Library,
Niagara University, NY 14109
(716) 286-8005

Assessment in Focus: Conducting Effective Interviews & Focus Groups

METRO & ACRL/NY present:

Assessment in Focus: Conducting Effective Interviews & Focus Groups

Speakers: Mariana Regalado, Maura Smale, & Frans Albarillo
Mariana Regalado is associate professor and head of reference at the Brooklyn College Library. As such, she assists students to become smart, curious, and confident information seekers. Her areas of interest include information literacy, student research habits, research skills, European anthropology, and carnival. Her academic background includes both an MA …
Full Description
This workshop will introduce participants to the basics of interviews and focus groups, two qualitative research methods that can be used to assess and explore patron experiences with library facilities, services, and programs. The process, benefits, and challenges of interviews and focus groups, including practicalities such as required equipment and costs, will be reviewed along with qualitative research generally and its relationship to quantitative research. Sample results will be shared that illustrate the rich detail into library user behavior that qualitative research can offer, and attendees will have the opportunity to conduct and participate in sample interviews and small focus groups during the workshop.

Note that a workshop on synthesizing and analyzing interview and focus group data will be held on April 23 from 1-4pm. An email announcement will go out when registration for that follow-up session opens.

Prerequisite knowledge/experience: This workshop requires no prior knowledge or experience, and is ideal for anyone interested in learning how to use interviews and focus groups to learn more about the experiences of patrons in libraries.

By the end of this program, participants will:
· Understand the differences between qualitative and quantitative research methods and results
· Be familiar with the benefits and challenges of interviews and focus groups in order to determine their potential usefulness for library assessment
· Learn more about the range of textual, audio, and visual data that can be collected via interviews and focus groups
· Gain experience collecting data by conducting a sample interview or focus group
Tuesday, March 3, 2015
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

METRO Training Center
57 East 11th Street, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10003
This event is co-sponsored by METRO and the Association of College and Research Libraries, Greater New York Metropolitan Area Chapter.
For more information and to register
To become a member of ACRL/NY:

Assessment in Focus: Designing and Implementing an Effective User Feedback Survey

METRO & ACRL/NY Present: Assessment in Focus: Designing and Implementing an Effective User Feedback Survey

Thursday, November 6, 2014 – 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM at METRO

Speaker Nisa Bakkalbasi

Nisa Bakkalbasi is the Assessment Coordinator at Columbia University Libraries. Prior to joining Columbia University, Nisa was the Director of Planning and Assessment at James Madison University, and held a series of positions at Yale University Libraries. She has also taught courses at the Information and Library Science Department at …

Full Description

This half-day workshop will cover the basic elements of survey design, with a focus on survey item development. In the first part of the workshop, we will review elements of survey process and introduce different types of survey questions, followed by a class activity to evaluate sample survey items. The second part of the workshop includes a discussion of a simple response process model and measurement errors in survey questions, including validity, variance, and bias. The relationship between objectives and measures, and overall survey design will be discussed. The workshop will end with an activity where participants will apply what they learned by developing survey items.

Who should attend:
This workshop is designed to be a beginner level course for those who are interested in participating assessment activities in libraries and information centers. No prior knowledge of survey research is required.

By the end of the workshop, participants will:

·         Understand elements of survey process.

·         Understand measurement error in survey questions, including variance and bias.

·         Understand a simple response process model.

·         Write effective survey items, using different types of survey questions.

·         Evaluate survey content.

Visit for more information and registration.

Instructional Design Essentials

Instructional Design Essentials
with Nicole Pagowsky and Erica DeFrain

4-week eCourse
Beginning Monday, September 15

Get a foundation in instructional design. Experts Nicole Pagowsky and Erica DeFrain will help you hone your teaching skills and prepare you for your instructional needs. You will complete an instructional design plan for one of your upcoming workshops, courses, or tutorials, and will receive feedback on it from the instructors and fellow participants.

After participating in this eCourse, you will be able to:

  • Identify major principles of instructional design to apply to your teaching
  • Incorporate appropriate learning theories into your materials
  • Develop an assessment plan appropriate for your objectives
  • Select and effectively integrate appropriately matched technologies and teaching tools

ALCTS Web Course: Fundamentals of Collection Assessment

ALCTS Web Course: Fundamentals of Collection Assessment

Session 4: October 13 – November 21, 2014

This six-week online course introduces the fundamental aspects of
collection assessment in libraries. The course is designed for those who
are responsible for or interested in collection assessment in all types and
sizes of libraries. The course will introduce key concepts in collection
assessment including:

the definition of collection assessment,

techniques and tools,

assessment of print and electronic collections, and

project design and management.

Learning Outcomes:

At the end of this course, you will be able to:

describe the fundamental aspects of collection assessment

understand the various collection assessment methods and tools,
including both qualitative and quantitative analysis

design and implement a collection assessment project

perform a collection assessment of print resources

complete a collection assessment of electronic resources

Who Should Attend:

This is a fundamentals course that will appeal to anyone interested in the
topic with no previous experience.


Cory Tucker is Head of Collection Management at the University of Nevada
Las Vegas Libraries.

Reeta Sinha is the Resource Management Librarian at the Lane Medical
Library, Stanford University. S

Ginger Williams is the acquisitions librarian at Wichita State

Andrea Wirth is an Assistant Professor in the Collection Development
(CD) Unit at Oregon State University Libraries.

Alison M. Armstrong is the Collection Management Librarian at Radford
University in Radford, Virginia.

Miranda Bennett is the Head of Liaison Services for Collections &
Research Support at the University of Houston.

Registration Fees:  $109 ALCTS Member and  $139 Non-member

For additional details, registration links, and contact information see:

For questions about registration, contact ALA Registration by calling
1-800-545-2433 and press 5 or email For all other
questions or comments related to web courses, contact Julie Reese, ALCTS
Events Manager at 1-800-545-2433, ext. 5034 or

Posted on behalf of the ALCTS Continuing Education Committee.

CUNY Library Assessment Conference

Registration is open for this conference! Please visit our website to register

Reinventing Libraries: Reinventing Assessment
Innovative Practices and Ideas that Challenge the Status Quo

The conference will be held on June 6, 2014 at The William and Anita Newman
Conference Center at Baruch College. We invite submission of proposals for
presentations of papers and posters on innovative approaches to academic and
research library assessment, particularly those that challenge established
assessment ideas and practices. The conference will be national in scope and
will address the value of library assessment as a means to improve academic
programs, teaching, learning, and facilitating curricular and research
activities of students and faculty. The goal of the conference is to share
ideas and information on the vital topic of library assessment.
Break-out session topics will include:
• Information literacy assessment, including General Education and
learning outcomes
• Qualitative assessment (for example, ethnographic surveys and other
interpretive approaches that evaluate users’ behavior)
• Collection assessment, particularly digital collections
• Assessment of library design, furnishings and technology
• Evaluation of library services in support of online education
• Value and impact of the library on the greater community