Library Assessment Committee Grant

Library Assessment Committee Grant Guidelines

The Library Assessment Committee (LAC) advises the Library Administration and the Library Assessment Coordinator on the prioritizing, planning and implementation of assessment activities.  Members may assist the Coordinator in identifying assessment opportunities, designing assessment tools, promoting assessment activities, and fostering a culture of assessment within the Library.  The committee shares in accountability for the success of the assessment program and evaluates its effectiveness in supporting the Library’s mission and strategic directions.

How can you get monetary support from the LAC?

  1. Individuals or teams working on a project can apply for an assessment grant from LAC by submitting a proposal request via email to the Coordinator for Library Assessment, also the chair of LAC.
  2. Proposals are considered on a rolling basis—there is no deadline and monies will be awarded until that year’s funds are depleted.

Funding Priorities

Preference will be given to:

  1. New assessment efforts and/or recipients who have not previously received LAC awards
  2. Proposed assessment projects that work toward achieving one or more strategic principles or directions as identified in the Library’s Strategic Framework 2019-23

Who is eligible to apply?

The grant is available for assessment projects conducted by full-time library employees. Please contact Jen-chien Yu, Chair of the Library Assessment Committee, if you have any questions regarding eligibility.

LAC Grant Application

Proposals must meet the following criteria:

  1. Assessment project must address current assessment needs in the Library and not be purely for research purposes (research funding requests should go to RPC).
  2. Assessment projects to be considered for LAC funding may focus on library services, resources, collections, physical facilities, or staff as a group, but may not assess individual personnel performance.
  3. Assessments may use any appropriate methodology, including, but not limited to, surveys and user studies.
  4. The project must follow human subject research protocols where necessary. Surveys or user studies done purely for internal assessment do not require IRB review; however, LAC encourages applicants to seek IRB review where applicable, so that results may be presented and published.
  5. Assessment projects that use electronic surveys must follow “Policy Governing Electronic Surveys and Questionnaires Directed to Students, Faculty Members, or Staff of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.”

Those receiving LAC assessment grants must:

  1. Complete the funded project within one year of receiving the assessment grant.
  2. Submit a brief narrative report to the LAC following the completion of expenditure of LAC grant funds that details the expenditure of funds and results of the project.
  3. Share findings from the assessment project in a public Library forum (brown-bag, faculty meeting lightning talk, etc.).
  4. Deposit data and documents related to the assessment project in the Library Assessment community in IDEALS. [If project involves human subjects, IRB approval/exemption must be present for data and results to be deposited.]
  5. Acknowledge LAC grant(s) in any public presentation or publication of the results of your project.
Items potentially funded by LAC assessment grants
Items not normally funded by LAC assessment grants

Assessment Grant Rubric

Grant Review Timeline

These guidelines are also available as a PDF file.


Past Recipients of the LAC Grant

 Recipient(s)Grant TitleAmountDate
27Alex Deeke, Maria EmersonEffectiveness of Library Research Clinics for Communication 101 Students$500January 2022
26David Ward, Jessie Maimone, and Simone StoneBring Your Own Book Club Plus Library Assessment$750April 2021
25Emilee MathewsInvestigating User Perceptions of the Architecture Library$4,400February 2021
24David Ward and Tath HaverFirst Year Student Experience with Library Services through Academic Year 2020/2021$2,300February 2021
23Karen HogenboomAssessing the impact of Scholarly Commons Services$450October 2019
22Joshua LynchIllinois Digital Heritage Hub Website Usability Tasks for General Users$200October 2019
21John LaskowskiLibrary Gateway User Study 2019$210October 2019
20Kristen Allen, John Laskowski, and Matthew MaytonIllinois Distributed Museum Website User Study$320March 2019
19David WardUndergraduate Library Space Use Study$2,500October 2018
18George Gottschalk, Stephanie Baker, and Chris MorganAcquisitions Survey of Bibliographer Satisfaction and Understanding of Acquisitions Processes$1,050October 2018
17JaEun Jemma KuGrand Final: Usability Assessment and Deployment Testing of A11yFirst Editor 1.0 toward Library WordPress CMS$2,100September 2018
16Joe LenkartBuilding Long-term Research Relationships: Reference Services for Graduate Students$2,000November 2017
15Megean Osuchowski, Robert Slater, and Daniel MillsLibrary Website Usability Pilot Project$500October 2017
14Dan TracyAssessing Use of eBooks in LIS across Vendors and Other Factors$3,948May 2016
13Harriet Green and Eleanor DicksonDigital Humanities Needs Assessment$577April 2016
12Christie WileyData Needs and Perspectives of Engineering Faculty$1,000April 2016
11David Ward, Joe Lenkart, Ali Krogman, and Erin KerbyImpact of Library Reference Service Use on Patron Research Projects$3,350.40February 2016
10Susan AveryAssessing ESL Student Performance on Concept Maps$500January 2016
9Karen Hoganboom and Beth SheehanData Purchase Program Assessment$445April 2015
8Jemma KuLibrary Building Signage Inventory and its Audit$1,300March 2015
7Lynne Rudasill, Cara Bertram, Susan Braxton Michelle Dewey, Erin Kerby, Megan Mahoney, and David WardUser Satisfaction Survey for Library Hub Reference Services$1,229.60October 2014
6Lisa Hinchliffe, Bill Mischo, and Michael NormanDiscovering User Perspectives on Discovery: A Review of a Decade of User Survey Data$1,031June 2014
5Lisa RomeroCitation Analysis of Scholarly Journals in Communication Studies from 1982-2012: Implications for Library Collection Development$1,600May 2014
4Lynne Rudasill and Mara ThackerInternational and Area Studies Homepage Re-Design$500February 2014
3David Ward, Jen-chien Yu, Jim Hahn, and Jenny EmmanuelUser Experience of Library Space$1,000January 2014
2Magdalena Casper-Shipp and Richard StokesLate Nights at the Library: Popular Time for Course Reserves$180June 2013
1Michael Fleming and Jim DohlePublic Printing Assessment$1,250March 2013