2013 Conference Highlights: Counting What Counts

Each week between now and the 2013 MLA/DLA Joint Conference, we’re highlighting one of the conference sessions sponsored by ACRL MD. The conference will be held from May 8-10 at the Clarion Resort – Fountainbleau Hotel in Ocean City, MD.  For more information on the conference, please take a look at the conference program (PDF). 

Counting What Counts and Making What You Count Count
Friday, May 10
9:30 – 10:45

Every year libraries respond to statistical surveys from organizations such as ACRL and the National Center for Educational Statistics. Long on input measures, in many ways these surveys are duplicative except for slight differences in definitions of data elements. They are ripe for reform. The new imperative for assessment is to collect and report data that demonstrate the library’s contribution to student learning and its value to the institution and community it serves. Towson University’s Cook Library has embraced this challenge. It is developing new assessment strategies to document the library’s impact, whether through the correlation of library and institutional data or from value-oriented feedback.

This program is worth 1 contact hour of continuing education.


Jim Rettig, Library Director and Associate Dean forInformation Services, United States Naval Academy
Jim Rettig, Library Director and Associate Dean for
Information Services, United States Naval Academy

Associate University Librarian forAdministrative Services, Towson University
Patty MacDonald, Associate University Librarian for
Administrative Services, Towson University

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