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Library Assessment: Introduction

Why Is It Important?

Assessment is important in determining success and/or pointing to areas of needed improvement.  It is also related directly to the successful accreditation of institutional programs.” – Dr. Ronnie Faulkner, Head of Technical Services, Dacus Library


Library assessment is important “to ensure the library is running correctly and to assess the amount of use and usefulness of library functions and programs.” – Dacus Library Faculty


It’s important to know how the library has served its constituents and how well it has met their needs in accord with its mission.” Dr. Peter Judge, Associate Professor of Religious Studies

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Library Assessment - What Does It Mean?


Library assessment is “the quantifiable measuring of library activities and processes that reveal the level of accomplishment of library mission and goals.” – Dr. Ronnie Faulkner, Head of Technical Services, Dacus Library


“I think of library assessment as an evaluation of how successful the library has been in using its resources and personnel to fulfill its mission in the best and most effective way.” – Dr. Peter Judge, Associate Professor of Religious Studies


“Library assessment is a process undertaken by libraries to learn about the needs of users (and non-users) and to evaluate how well they support these needs, in order to improve library facilities, services and resources.” – Wikipedia


Library assessment is:

Library assessment is “reviewing the functions of the library and determining if they are being performed correctly.” – Dacus Library Faculty


Library assessment is “the opportunity to comment on areas of improvement and/or a chance to say what is working well.” – Christopher Aubrie, Winthrop Student, Business major


“The field of library assessment has evolved from looking strictly at resource inputs (e.g., budgets, staffing levels) to an examination of organizational processes (i.e., efficiency), levels and quality of service outputs (e.g., number of circulations, reference questions) and library impact on institutional goals (e.g., student achievement, user satisfaction). – Thomas Kirk, College Librarian, Earlham College. 


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