Library Assessment in Higher Education

Overview

Written for library managers, this volume explains and clarifies the practice of assessment at academic institutions. Armed with this information, the library manager will be better prepared to assess library services in the context of the library's impact on student learning outcomes and research productivity.
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Overview

Written for library managers, this volume explains and clarifies the practice of assessment at academic institutions. Armed with this information, the library manager will be better prepared to assess library services in the context of the library's impact on student learning outcomes and research productivity.
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"Matthews (library and information science, San Jose State U., California) advises academic library managers on techniques for library assessment, forgoing discussion of individual departments in favor of a broad view of whether and in what way a school library achieves its mission. Eight chapters address topics including: the Inputs-Environmental Variables- Outputs Model of the student educational process; assessment of student learning outcomes; the library's contribution to the educational process and the research environment; and development of a library assessment plan. The appendix contains outcomes questions for practitioners."

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Reference & Research Book News

"Matthews . . . has written a theory-focused review of assessment from the broad perspective. Critiquing mission statements of universities and academic libraries, Matthews also anaylyzes the Input-Environment-Output model of the 1980s for the student educational process and identifies inadequacies and drawbacks of standard use analysis methodologies. His basic message stresses the shift in focus by the regional accreditation commissions to requiring evidence of how academic libraries impact students' learning outcomes and the faculty's teaching and research efforts."

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Library Journal

"Without hesitation, Matthews points out the difficulty in establishing a positive correlation between library use and a student's academic growth and success. Insofar as many academic librarians struggle with this dilemma, Matthews's review of the literature on this topic is particularly interesting. . . . Library Assessment in Higher Education . . . joins a number of other monographs in the growing field of performance measurement and appraisal in academic libraries and provides up-to-date coverage of the evolving efforts in this important area of library research and practice."

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Library & Information Science Research

"Well-organized and well written chapters take the reader through looking at the mission of the academic institution, assessing learning and research outcomes, defining the library's contribution, and developing a library assessment plan. Matthews advocates for academic libraries and librarians to adopt a culture of assessment where decisions are based on facts, research, and analysis rather than instinct and experience. A useful addition to professional and personal collections."

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Booklist

"This volume is valuable for its insight regarding the understanding of how the academic library impacts student learning, faculty research agendas, and institutional goals. Each chapter is devoted to a facet of assessment and follows a well-developed format: brief overview and definitions, description of topics that fall within the topic, major subcategories, in addition to print and online resources. . . . The author brings practical experience, sample forms, and rigorous research studies designed for academic librarians responsible for supporting classroom instruction information literacy skills and support to faculty researchers. A highly recommended and useful tool!"

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Colorado Association of Libraries

"Matthews raises important issues regarding the lack of relevance of many forms of library assessment to the underlying question of student learning outcomes and he discusses the many attempts that have been made to measure the impact of librarians with respect to these outcomes."

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Partnership: the Canadian Journal of Library and Information Practice and Resear

Library Journal

Matthews, an instructor at San José State University School of Library & Information Science, CA, and an assessment and strategic planning consultant, has written a theory-focused review of "assessment from the broad perspective." Critiquing mission statements of universities and academic libraries, Matthews also analyzes the Input-Environment-Output model of the 1980s for the student educational process and identifies the inadequacies and drawbacks of standard use analysis methodologies. His basic message stresses the shift in focus by the regional accreditation commissions to requiring evidence of how academic libraries impact students' learning outcomes and the faculty's teaching and research efforts. Matthews argues that the right questions for academic librarians to consider now are: "How can libraries influence faculty-student interactions? How can libraries contribute to improving students' interpersonal lives?" He discusses in one chapter how to develop a library assessment plan that strategically complements the parent university's assessment efforts; "Outcomes Questions for Practitioners" in the appendix is drawn from an article by Bruce Fraser, Charles McClure, and Emily Leahy. Academic libraries can supplement Matthews's theoretical analysis with his more practical The Bottom Line: Determining and Communicating the Value of the Special Libraryand Joan Durrance's How Libraries and Librarians Help: A Guide to User-Centered Outcomes.

—Betty Glass
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591585312
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/28/2007
  • Pages: 156
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

JOSEPH R. MATTHEWS. As a consultant, Joseph R. Matthews has assisted numerous libraries and local governments in a wide variety of projects, and teaches regularly in the areas of library information systems, strategic planning, and evaluation of library services.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: Mission of the College and University

Chapter 3: Models of the Student Educational Process

Chapter 4: Institutional Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes

Chapter 5: Assessment of the Library's Contribution to the Educational Process

Chapter 6: Institutional Assessment of the Research Environment

Chapter 7: Assessment of the Library's Contribution to the Research Environment

Chapter 8: Developing a Library Assessment Plan

Appendices

Index

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