Monday, January 21, 2013

CLIC Assessment Mini-Workshop: From Nashville to St. Paul

On Friday, January 18, 2013, CLIC offered an Assessment Mini-Workshop, From Nashville to St. Paul: Update from the 2012 ACRL Immersion Assessment Track Conference, presented by Andrea Hudson Koeppe, University of St. Thomas, and Ginny Moran Heinrich, Macalester College.

Addressing Challenges and Concerns. Instead of traditional name tags, attendees used a buttonmaker to create customized name badges with words and pictures symbolizing their feelings about assessment.  Attendees wrote their concerns about assessment on tags and tied their tags on plastic farm animals which were then “corralled” for the rest of the workshop.

Starting on a Common Ground. Andrea and Ginny began by laying the groundwork of the philosophy and vocabulary of assessment, with an emphasis on the need to measure outcomes, not outputs. Attendees practiced writing and critiquing sample Student Learning Outcome Statements, using Bloom’s Taxonomy Verbs.

Framing Leadership to Address Assessment Concerns. For the final exercise, attendees took the Bolman-Deal Leadership Orientation test and were sorted into four groups: Structural, Human Resource, Political, or Symbolic.  Each group was asked to come up with solutions to a specific Assessment Challenge.

After the first round, members from each group’s opposite (Structural-Symbolic or Human Resource-Political) were brought in to lend their perspectives to crafting a solution.  The photos below show the four Assessment Challenges with the groups’ solutions.

Upcoming Assessment Workshops. The next CLIC Assessment Mini-Workshop will be held on April 3, 2013, 1pm-4pm, at Concordia University, LTC 213.  For further information on upcoming Assessment workshops and conference, see our Assessment Task Force web page.

For further photographs from the January 18 program, please visit CLIC's Facebook page.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Dr. Megan Oakleaf to present at CLIC Conference

CLIC is pleased to announce that Dr. Megan Oakleaf of Syracuse University will present on The Value of Academic Libraries at CLIC's annual conference, June 4, 2013.

CLIC Assessment Conference: The Value of Academic Libraries
Tuesday, June 4, 2013, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., St. Paul, MN

The Conference is free to CLIC member libraries' staff. To register, please email Maureen Fitzgerald at

Program Description:
Dr. Oakleaf will present two programs at the Conference.

Morning session: The Value of Academic Libraries: Research & Recommendations
Dr. Megan Oakleaf will detail some of her research findings on the concept of library value in the emerging era of heightened institutional accountability. She will review what the library field knows so far about value, what the field still needs to learn, and the report's recommendations about how libraries should pursue this knowledge in order to demonstrate their institutional value, in this time of significant, ongoing change for libraries and their institutions.

Afternoon session: The Value of Academic Libraries: Reframing, Reflecting, and Reporting Results
Building on the morning keynote session, Dr. Oakleaf will lead workshop participants to engage the challenge of aligning library services and resources with missions of their overarching institutions. Through targeted activities and small group discussion, participants will explore the unique value of their library within its institutional contexts, consider strategies for enhancing the library value proposition, and reflect on methods for communicating value to stakeholders outside the library. Finally, participants will identify common barriers to demonstrating library value and brainstorm ways to overcome them.

Presenter Bio: Dr. Megan Oakleaf is an Associate Professor in the iSchool at Syracuse University where she teaches “Reference and Information Literacy Services” and “Planning, Marketing, and Assessing Library Services.”  Her research interests include outcomes assessment, evidence-based decision making, information literacy instruction, information services, and digital librarianship.  She is the author of the Value of Academic LibrariesComprehensive Review and Report  and is on the faculty of the ACRL Immersion Program.   Her latest book is Academic Library Value: The Impact Starter Kit (available for purchase online at her website:

Previously, Megan served as Librarian for Instruction and Undergraduate Research at North Carolina State University.  In this role, she provided and assessed information literacy instruction; she also trained fellow reference librarians in instructional theory and methods.  Megan earned her PhD in library and information science at UNC-Chapel Hill and her MLS at Kent State University.  Prior to a career in librarianship, she taught advanced composition in Ohio public secondary schools.  

RDA and Authority Control Workshop

Mark Ehlert of Minitex presented an RDA workshop for CLIC's Authority Control Community of Interest on January, 10, 2013, at St. Catherine University Library.

Mark Ehlert's PowerPoint presentation

For additional photos, please see CLIC's Facebook page.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Register now for EResources’ free workshop on licensing, Feb 15

The ElectronicResources COI invites staff from CLIC libraries to attend our free, hands-on workshop: Licensing Electronic Resources.  The workshop will be held on Friday, February 15, 2013, 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Pre-registration is required.  To register, please email Maureen Fitzgerald at before Thursday, January 31.

Workshop Description: This basic workshop is designed for library staff who negotiate licenses and who want to learn more about the legal background of license terms for electronic resources. This workshop would also be beneficial to library staff (reference or ILL) who do not negotiate with vendors but who work with the electronic resources and need to know about license terms for those resources. The workshop addresses the basic concepts of contract law (licenses as contracts) and offers a hands-on look at the components of a standard licensing agreement.  Instructor: Ruth Dukelow

Location is TBA, based on number of registrants. Information on the workshop location and other details will be emailed in early February to those who have pre-registered.

Please feel free to contact Maureen or Ruth if you have any questions.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Memorial Service for Bill DeJohn

William Thomas DeJohn (Bill) passed away peacefully at home on Monday, Dec. 31, 2012 after a short battle with pancreatic cancer at the age of 72. He was predeceased by his father Thomas DeJohn. Bill is survived by his loving wife of 52 years Kathi. He is lovingly remembered by his sons: Charles (Debra) and Michael (Denise) DeJohn; three granddaughters: Sarah, Trisha and Krysta all of Washington State. His brothers Jerry (Brenda) and Steve DeJohn and mother Pearl Tasch, St. Louis, Missouri. Bill graduated from the University of Missouri with a BA in Russian civilization. He went on to earn a Master’s Degree in Library Science from the University of Pittsburgh. Bill recently retired after 27 years as Director of MINITEX Information and Resource Sharing Program at the University of Minnesota. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the American Library Association or the Newfoundland Club of America. Visitation will be held at Benson & Langehough Funeral Home on Friday, Jan 4 from 5:00-7:00pm followed at 7:30 pm by Myrtle Chapter 13 OES and Corinthian Masonic Lodge 67 Funeral Ceremonies.