Library Assessment in Higher Education
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Library Assessment in Higher Education

by Joseph R. Matthews
     
 

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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.  See more details below

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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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"[The author] aims the book explicitly at library directors and managers, who will find the blend of theory, application, and data more appealing. Librarians who have the responsibility to manage a library's assessment activities will also find value in the specific guidelines and examples of other academic library assessment plans. . . . Some of Matthews's comments are pithy reminders of important aspects of assessment. For those individuals who become mired in the data,
Matthews reminds us that "assessment is a process and not a goal" (p. 205). As such, reading Library Assessment in Higher Education is an excellent part of that process." - Technical Services Quarterly

"The broad perspective format of the book provides a good way to see many of the issues associated with assessment. It is recommended for academic libraries." - College & Research Libraries

Library Journal
03/01/2015
In his latest edition on assessment in academic libraries, Matthews (JRM consulting; Reflecting on the Future) lays out the groundwork for effective assessment in higher education. Using concrete examples and models from pioneering libraries in the field, Matthews gets to the heart of the subject. Each chapter focuses not only on what libraries need to do but also how the library's goals can have a wider impact on the university as a whole. What is the mission of the institution? What is its vision? What are the performance indicators for institutional effectiveness? How can the library aid in student recruitment and retention? How do we improve patrons' interpersonal lives? These are just a few of the questions Matthews asks and answers. In order for libraries to build successfully a culture of assessment, attention must be paid and purposes must be aligned with the university's goals. VERDICT Matthews paints a clear picture of the landscape of assessment in academic libraries. Now it is time for institutions to take action and construct ongoing plans for assessment. For academic librarians, particularly directors.—Jill Morningstar, Michigan State Univ. Libs., East Lansing

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781591585312
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
06/28/2007
Pages:
156
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author

Joseph R. Matthews is a consultant who has assisted numerous academic, public, and special libraries in a wide variety of projects.

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