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DATE: Thursday, November 1, 2018

TIME: 9am - 4:30pm

The pre-conference for the 2018 conference will be the ACRL RoadShow:

Assessment in Action: Demonstrating and Communication Library Contributions to Student Learning and Success

Registration for the preconference is capped at 40 participants.


Higher education institutions of all types are facing intensified attention to assessment and accountability issues. Academic libraries are increasingly connecting with colleagues and campus stakeholders to design and implement assessment that documents their contributions to institutional priorities. In this day-long workshop on strategic and sustainable assessment, participants will identify institutional priorities and campus partners, design an assessment project grounded in action research, and prepare a plan for communicating the project results. This workshop is based on the highly successful ACRL Assessment in Action program curriculum.


Workshop participants will be able to...

  • Apply action research as a means to designing robust assessment plans, practices, and processes.
  • Implement assessment practices that document the impact of libraries on student learning, academic programs and activities, and institutional initiatives.
  • Collaborate with key campus partners to plan and conduct assessment that aligns library outcomes with institutional initiatives, priorities, and assessment activities.
  • Use the results of assessment and action research to foster support for library contributions to student learning and success.


This workshop is intended for all librarians, library staff, and library administrators who seek to design and implement an assessment project that investigates the impact of the library on student learning and success. The workshop is particularly relevant for those who are interested in working with campus partners and aligning assessment with institutional priorities. Attendees are not expected to have previous experience with assessment.


photograph of Debra Gilchrist, Ph.D.

Debra Gilchrist, PhD is Vice President for Learning and Student Success at Pierce College, a community college in Washington State. In addition to academic and student affairs, she leads campus efforts for regional accreditation. Her publications focus on outcomes assessment as a tool for change, demonstrating the contributions of academic libraries through assessment of both learning and program impact. She was the 2007 recipient of the ACRL Miriam Dudley award and the Pierce library received the ACRL Excellence Award in 2005. Degrees: MLS University of Denver, MS in Geography South Dakota State University, Ph.D. Educational Leadership Oregon State University.

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