Library Assessment in Higher Education, 2nd Edition

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ABC-CLIO, Dec 2, 2014 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 226 pages
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Academic libraries are increasingly being asked to demonstrate their value as one of many units on campus, but determining the outcomes of an academic library within the context of its collegiate setting is challenging. This book explains and clarifies the practice of assessment in academic institutions, enabling library managers to better understand and explain the impact of the library on student learning outcomes, teaching effectiveness, and research productivity.

Providing essential information for all college and university librarians, this volume discusses and summarizes the outcomes of research that has been conducted to investigate assessment within the context of higher education. This updated second edition incorporates additional research, examines new trends, and covers groundbreaking advances in digital assessment tools as well as the changes in the amount and forms of data utilized in the assessment process. The chapters address assessment from a campus setting and present data that demonstrate the value of the library within that setting in terms of learning, research, and overall impact. In sum, the book presents librarians with up-to-date, practical guidelines for planning and conducting assessment.


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Chapter 1Introduction
Chapter 2Mission of the College or University
Chapter 3Model of the Student Educational Process
Chapter 4Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes
Chapter 5Assessment of the Librarys Contribution to Student Learning Outcomes
Chapter 6Institutional Assessment of Teaching Effectiveness
Chapter 7Assessment of the Librarys Impact on Teaching Effectiveness
Chapter 8Institutional Assessment of the Research Environment
Chapter 9Assessment of the Librarys Impact on the Research Environment
Chapter 10The Librarys Impact in Other Areas
Chapter 11Planning Assessment
Chapter 12Implementing Assessment
Outcomes Questions for Practitioners

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About the author (2014)

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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