CFP: Practical Assessment: From Beginner to Expert (ALAO MiALA Spring Workshop) – Toledo March 2019 @MIALAorg @ALAOorg

Save the date for this joint ALAO/MiALA Spring Workshop from the Assessment Interest Groups of ALAO/MiALA! Registration will open January 2019.
Practical Assessment: From Beginner to Expert will be held in Toledo, Ohio on March 8, 2019 and is co-hosted by the University of Toledo Libraries.
Description: This workshop will bring together library staff who wish to learn and share knowledge about assessment practices and projects.  Do you have a project or assessment strategy that you would like to share with Ohio and Michigan colleagues? Please consider a proposal for a presentation that describes how you: designed assessments, developed methods, used measures and tools, implemented assessment, communicated with stakeholders, or achieved outcomes.
Assessment topics include but are not limited to

  • Accessibility
  • Collections
  • Data management and visualization
  • Digital libraries and repositories
  • Diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Instruction, teaching and learning
  • Increase funding, resource allocation
  • Marketing, social media, or web design
  • Methods
  • Programs and services
  • Research and scholarship
  • Space and facilities planning and use
  • User experience, user needs and usability

Proposal Format, Submission, Evaluation, Notification
Proposals are invited for 45 minute presentations or interactive workshops. Please submit a Word document or PDF with title and abstract of your proposal (limit abstract to 250 words). Include brief descriptions of your primary target audience, format, and objectives.
Proposals are due by January 18, 2019.
Please submit proposals to Applicants will be notified of their status in early February 2019.
Proposals will be evaluated based on the following criteria
  • Topic is of practical value to librarians who work on assessment
  • Methods / program addresses an identified need or novel concept
  • Results / conclusion / outcome demonstrate impact
  • Abstract is clear and well-written
Registration costs for the workshop will be waived for presenters.
The purpose of the ALAO Assessment Interest Group is to provide a vehicle to discuss and share issues and developments pertinent to assessment in Ohio academic libraries. Topics of interest would include assessment of library impact and value, organizational performance, collections, student learning outcomes, rubrics, user attitudes and behaviors, as well as effective research methodologies, techniques for data analysis, and data visualization.
The MiALA Assessment Interest Group exists to serve the needs of academic librarians in the state of Michigan by communicating to its membership and to the membership of MiALA at large the research and practice of many aspects of assessment within the library. The interest group is also an organizing body to help facilitate opportunities for learning and professional growth within this topic area.
About University of Toledo Libraries
The University of Toledo Libraries strives to be the intellectual center of the university by enriching the student learning experience, facilitating research at all levels and engaging the community through innovative educational services, resources and technologies, all within a collaborative and interdisciplinary environment. The Libraries purpose is to drive excellence in life-long learning, discovery, and engagement by fully integrating services, state-of-the-art technologies, and unique collections into all aspects of the institution.

Please direct questions to ALAO Assessment Interest Group Co-chairs Jen Starkey and Anna Liss Jacobsen

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