Library Assessment

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The resources on this page are in support of my workshop at the October 2012 IUPUI Assessment Institute, titled From Input, to Information Literacy, to Impact: Assessing Library-based Learning.  In no way am I endorsing any of these; I share them as resources only.




ACRL Value of Academic Libraries Report

The ACRL publication Value of Academic Libraries: A Comprehensive Research Review and Report is a review of the quantitative and qualitative literature, methodologies and best practices currently in place for demonstrating the value of academic libraries, developed for ACRL by Megan Oakleaf of the iSchool at Syracuse University. The primary objective of this comprehensive review is to provide academic librarians with a clearer understanding of what research about the performance of academic libraries already exists, where gaps in this research occur, and to identify the most promising best practices and measures correlated to performance.

ENTITLE Libraries Impact Assessment Framework

ENTITLE aims to provide library and partner adult professionals, researchers and decision makers in Europe with a common, validated means of collecting and presenting data on the impact of their learning provision on learners, across their major target learning ‘sectors’ and to establish a basis upon which they can in future establish trends and developments in a manner which is convincing to strategic policy makers, funding bodies in the education, culture employment sectors etc.


LibQUAL+® is a suite of services that libraries use to solicit, track, understand, and act upon users’ opinions of service quality. These services are offered to the library community by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL). The program’s centerpiece is a rigorously tested Web-based survey bundled with training that helps libraries assess and improve library services, change organizational culture, and market the library.


ACRL Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education

Information Literacy Toolkit –  November 2010 College & Research Libraries News

Catching up with information literacy – April 2012 College & Research Libraries News

AAC&U VALUE Information Literacy rubric (download HERE)

RAILS – Rubric Assessment of Information Literacy Skills

Rubric Assessment of Information Literacy Skills (RAILS) is an IMLS-funded research project designed to investigate an analytic rubric approach to information literacy assessment in higher education.

Project SAILS – Standardized Assessment of Information Literacy Skills

Project SAILS is a knowledge test with multiple-choice questions targeting a variety of information literacy skills. These test items are based on the ACRL Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education. SAILS offers both a cohort test for comparing groups of students and an individual test. These tests are meant for students enrolled in institutions of higher education. With the SAILS assessment faculty, librarians, and administrators can document skill levels for groups of students and pinpoint areas for improvement.


WASSAIL was created to manage question and response data from the Augustana Library’s library instruction sessions, pre- and post-tests from credit-bearing information literacy (IL) courses, and user surveys. It has now expanded beyond its original function and is being used to manage question and  response data from a variety of settings. Its most powerful feature is the ability to generate sophisticated customized reports.


Gilchrist, D., & Oakleaf, M. (2012, April). An Essential Partner: The Librarian’s Role in Student Learning Assessment (NILOA Occasional Paper No.14). Urbana, IL: University for Illinois and Indiana University, National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment.

Assessments of Information Literacy – collection maintained by Jon Mueller, professor of Psychology at North Central College

Information Literacy Assessment Resources: West Chester University

University of Wisconsin Information Literacy Assessment Wiki

Columbia University Library Assessment Forums

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