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ERIC Number: EJ1062647
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 18
ISSN: EISSN-2161-4210
Program Assessment in Academic Libraries: An Introduction for Assessment Practitioners
Ackermann, Eric
Research & Practice in Assessment, v2 p18-23 Sum 2007
Although academic libraries have a long tradition of program assessment, in the past the results have been more meaningful internally than externally. Recent changes in the conceptualization of libraries' role in higher education and advances in measurement tools will likely provide answers to different questions, particularly the relationship of library services and resources to student learning and success. This paper discusses the following: (1) The tradition of assessment in libraries; (2) The current state of affairs and challenges of assessing the following library components--instruction, services, and resources; and (3) Implications for the future of library assessment. Much work has yet to be done in the assessment of libraries. Hopefully these future endeavors will illuminate relationships between elements of the library and student learning and success. Such information could only help the efficacy of libraries around the country.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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