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Academic library value : the impact starter kit
Chicago : ALA Editions, an imprint of the American Library Association, 2017.
Physical Description:
xiv, 214 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm
First things first -- Activity #1: institutional focus areas -- Listening to stakeholders -- Activity #2: stakeholders as the heart of the institution -- Activity #3: stakeholder role play -- Activity #4: stakeholder questions -- Activity #5: stakeholder card sort -- Activity #6: stakeholder help study -- Activity #7: stakeholder views of library servicescapes -- Activity #8: institutional communications audit -- Activity #9: institutional program review & accreditation audit -- Activity #10: institutional learning outcomes audit -- Activity #11: higher education assessment initiatives audit -- Planning for action -- Activity #12: library data audit -- Activity #13: time audit -- Activity #14: self audit -- Activity #15: job task audit -- Activity #16: job description audit -- Activity #17: committee audit -- Activity #18: management audit -- Activity #19: skill audit -- Activity #20: professional development plan -- Activity #21: planning for organizational change -- Activity #22: planning timeline for change -- Activity #23: assessment questions for prospective library hires -- Activity #24: to assess or not to assess? -- Activity #25: assessment fears, challenges, & barriers -- Focusing on impact -- Activity #26: library impact map -- Activity #27: present and future library impact -- Activity #28: passive-to-active impact -- Activity #29: impact vision creation -- Activity #30: impact on student learning outcomes -- Activity #31: impact on student retention -- Activity #32: impact on faculty productivity -- Activity #33: impact on institutional efficiency -- Activity #34: impact on institutional prestige & brand -- Activity #35: thinking impact through -- Activity #36: keeping impact simple -- Getting to work -- Activity #37: planning for assessment -- Activity #38: gathering library impact literature -- Activity #39: engaging the assessment cycle -- Activity #40: preparing a continuous assessment timeline -- Activity #41: involving the entire library organization -- Activity #42: approaching institutional research collaborations -- Activity #43: approaching human subjects research -- Activity #44: selecting assessment tools -- Activity #45: choosing assessment or research -- Activity #46: planning partnerships -- Activity #47: considering assessment management systems -- Communicating & decision-making -- Activity #48: reporting results -- Activity #49: managing the message -- Activity #50: transforming library fact sheets -- Activity #51: closing the loop -- Activity #52: articulating the institutional value of the library.


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State Library of Oregon1Received on 10/4/17

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Booklist Review

There is hardly an academic library today that is not being asked to assess or justify its importance to its institution. Assessment is not a one-size-fits-all proposition. As each library and situation are different, so should the assessment plans be. This often begs the question: Where to begin? Oakleaf (Syracuse University iSchool) is an acknowledged expert in this area, and she offers a tool kit that is an expanded reprint of a self-published book from 2012. It includes a suite of 52 activities that can be used in its entirety or in any combination to match specific needs. The activities are categorized by type: listening, planning, focusing, getting to work, and communicating. Each activity leads with a defined goal, a why statement, directions, and suggested further reading. These are easily adaptable to suit local conditions. This is best suited to libraries specifically working with the concept of value. --Hoover, Danise Copyright 2018 Booklist

Library Journal Review

Oakleaf (iSchool, Syracuse Univ.; The Value of Academic Libraries: A Comprehensive Research Review and Report from ACRL) provides 52 practical exercises to help with the daunting but necessary task of proving an academic library's worth to stakeholders and administrators. There are three ways to complete the activities: by purpose, by theme, or in order of interest or organizational goal. The purposes are "listening to stakeholders," "planning for action," "focusing on impact," "getting to work," and "communicating & decision-making." Themes consist of "re-thinking," "listening," "getting organized," and "taking action." Each activity (e.g., "impact on student retention") is only a few pages long and has short lists of bullet points, charts, or fill in the blanks. Suggested readings and the T3 process ("think," "talk," and "target") conclude each exercise. "Think" and "talk" are questions to be answered after completing the activity, while "target" charts "action," "timeframe," "responsible parties," and "follow-up." VERDICT In times when all libraries need to demonstrate their value, this is an excellent tool for academic librarians.-Jason L. Steagall, Gateway Technical Coll. Lib., Elkhorn, WI © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.