Culture of Assessment
An important goal of our assessment plan is to create a culture of assessment throughout the Libraries. Training all staff in the library to understand what assessment is and how to do it, and providing them with the tools to do it will empower staff to do their own assessment, large or small, to improve their own efforts and those of their department. Since assessment skills are also research skills, this will also facilitate research throughout the Libraries. In addition to regular trainings (which will themselves be assessed for effectiveness and relevance), a research/assessment skills inventory of all library staff will help focus what training would be beneficial, as well as identify potential team members to work on assessment projects or conduct trainings themselves, and also help staff connect to work on projects together.
Management Data & Statistics
To support fact-based decisions, it is important to have accessible and accurate management data. Additionally, the Libraries are required to report statistics to various external organizations. Data and statistics gathering and reporting is a continual process. Supplying the Dean and others in the library with needed data for decision making and planning is also a part of this process and an important activity of the assessment program.
On-going and planned assessment projects for FY17 are listed below. Other projects/activities may be implemented as need/time allows.
ARL Annual Survey
Collecting and reporting data for the ARL Annual Survey requires coordinating efforts among numerous UTK Libraries’ staff, as well as four partner libraries. The stats reported to this survey are used in multiple ways throughout the year.