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ERIC Number: EJ1058039
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Mar
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-0010-0870
Bridges and Barriers: Factors Influencing a Culture of Assessment in Academic Libraries
Farkas, Meredith Gorran; Hinchliffe, Lisa Janicke; Houk, Amy Harris
College & Research Libraries, v76 n2 p150-169 Mar 2015
In an environment in which libraries need to demonstrate value, illustrating how the library contributes to student learning is critical. Gathering and analyzing data to tell the library's story as well as identify areas for improvement require commitment, time, effort, and resources--all components of a culture of assessment. This paper presents the results of a survey designed to understand what factors facilitate the development of a culture of assessment of student learning in academic libraries and what factors may hinder it. Unlike previous research in this area, which has focused on case studies and surveys with nonrepresentative samples, the authors conducted a systematic survey of academic libraries at four-year institutions in the United States and achieved a 42 percent response rate. The results suggest certain factors are highly associated with a culture of assessment and provide guidance to administrators and front-line librarians working to build such a culture.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Tests/Questionnaires; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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