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Building an Assessment Program at the UIUC Library

A Proposal from the Services Advisory Committee

November 22, 2005


This document is in response to an invitation by EC to submit a proposal for developing an assessment program at the Library.


In order to develop an assessment program, the ARL program officers suggested that we:



The Services Advisory Committee has discussed this matter recently at length and has been dealing with several aspects of it for some time. For example, in 2004, we carried out a survey of statistics that were generated, collected and monitored in individual Library units. In order to create a data-driven culture of assessment, we need to rely on a set of uniform statistics that can be reliable and reasonably easy to collect.  In as many ways as possible we should collect and generate needed statistics automatically. In addition, in 2001 and 2002, we participated in the LibQual surveys and in 2004 and 2005 we have developed and carried out more customized surveys of our graduate student populations and our undergraduate populations.  This spring a similar survey will be administered to all faculty and academic staff. We are now at the point where we need to move beyond surveys and collection of statistics to actual assessment.  With the Executive Committee’s strong support, this will be possible.


What we propose for the remainder of the 2005-2006 academic year is that:



Expected Outcomes:


By August 16 we hope to carry out some of the suggestions by the ARL Program Officers.  That is:



So by next Fall with this infrastructure in place we can hopefully initiate assessment activities that address priorities and which can be accomplished in a timely fashion.