Assessment connects all aspects of librarianship. Ensuring that library resources, services, spaces, and technology are at the forefront of patron needs is the responsibility of all library employees, as is demonstrating library impact to stakeholders. A culture of assessment (CoA) can be the most advantageous atmosphere in which to ensure libraries are efficiently and effectively demonstrating the positive impact their resources, services, spaces, and technology have on the library’s and institution’s goals. Such a culture encourages patron-oriented, supportive, data-driven mindsets from all library faculty and staff who in turn understand the importance and value of both assessing what they do and demonstrating it to the community.
With the importance of assessment clear, academic libraries, in particular, have paid special attention to building cultures of assessment in recent years. Building a CoA amidst existing, silo-ed processes and sub-cultures can be a difficult task. This poster will demonstrate methods of establishing a CoA amidst those processes and sub-cultures through the lens of a new Assessment Librarian at a mid-sized land grant university library. In particular, the poster will describe a toolkit of approaches to building assessment skill capacity and support through the use of logic models, assessment plan templates, assessment forums, and an assessment fund. Librarians can adapt some or all of the methods in this toolkit to aid in the organic growth of an effective, well-rounded CoA at a variety of organizational levels.
Lindsay Ozburn– Assessment Coordinator, Utah State University