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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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: http://meganoakleaf.info/publications.html).
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.