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  • 1. Assessment @ the UNCGUniversity LibrariesASERL MeetingNovember 13, 2012Atlanta, GAKathryn Crowe
  • 2. About UNCG• Public University• University of North Carolina system• 17,500 students• 1,000 faculty
  • 3. About the University Libraries• Jackson Library• Schiffman Music Library• 1.2 million book volumes• 37,000+ e-subscriptions• 500 databases• Approximately 100 faculty and staff
  • 4. Who is responsible for assessment?• Associate Dean for Public Services coordinates• Assessment and Institutional Effectiveness team• Graduate student
  • 5. Assessment Plan• The UNCG University Libraries engage in ongoing and sustained assessment to ensure: ▫ The Libraries collection, services and facilities are meeting user needs ▫ Planning and decision-making are based on informed evidence ▫ The Libraries are fulfilling its mission and goals ▫ The Libraries foster a culture of assessment ▫ The Libraries comply with UNCG institutional effectiveness requirements
  • 6. Annual Assessment Plan• Identify projects• Determine method, outcome, team• Tie to University Strategic Plan• Post results on Assessment LibGuide• Post report with follow up
  • 7. Assessment @UNCG• Office of Planning & Assessment• Institutional Research• Student Affairs Assessment• Institutional Effectiveness Committee• Student Learning Enhancement Committee
  • 8. And now aboutsome of ourprojectsWhatWhyHowSo what?
  • 9. Libqual+ 2008• Improved signage• Purchased new furniture• Added vending• Added additional computers/tech checkout• Marketing campaign to UNCG staff
  • 10. UNCG Staff Survey• Conducted follow up survey• Developed marketing campaign ▫ Visited Staff Senate ▫ Added to new staff orientation ▫ Developed brochure• Staff checkouts increased 31% 2010-2011
  • 11. Mystery Shopper• Gain knowledge of user experience beyond surveys• Administered first in 2010• Developed training for staff and students• Repeated in 2012 with improved scores• Helped enhance culture of excellent customer service
  • 12. Digital Media Commons• Conducted needs assessment survey in 2010• Confirmed that there was no assistance at UNCG for students for media projects• 70% of respondents indicated they would have appreciated help
  • 13. Digital Media Commons opened in2012!
  • 14. Libraries’ spaces• Collaborated with Interior Architecture class• Examined Jackson Library and Schiffman Music Library• Met with staff• Posted projects with recommendations on blogs
  • 15. Schiffman Music LibraryBefore After
  • 16. Student Learning• Established Student Learning Outcomes for information literacy• Set targets for specific outcomes each year• Enter data into reporting system• Prepare information literacy assessment report each year• Libraries’ project won campus award for assessment!
  • 17. ClimateQual• Conducted Fall 2011• Presented overall results at staff meetings• Identified top 3 items to address• Held discussion groups• Will conduct focus groups
  • 18. Communication• Annual assessment report• Institutional Effectiveness report included in Libraries’ annual report to Provost• Results shared in staff meetings• Results posted on Lib Guide
  • 19. What else could we be doing?• Collections assessment• Special Collections• Communication
  • 20. Future plans• LibQual+ 2012• Value of Academic Libraries• Faculty research needs assessment
  • 21. Assessment LibGuide• http://uncg.libguides.com/libassessment