Augustana’s Library has been accepted as one of the initial participants in the Association of College and Research Libraries’ Assessment in Action program. The program’s goals include creating approaches, strategies, and practices that document the contribution of academic libraries to the overall goals and missions of their institutions. To that end, participants will be part of a one-year professional development program as well as carrying out assessment activities on their campuses. 75 institutions from 29 states and 3 Canadian provinces are participating in this cohort.
Augustana’s team, which consists of Sarah Horowitz (Special Collections Librarian, team leader), Mark Salisbury (Institutional Research), and Ellen Hay (Communication Studies and the CEC) will explore how students’ work with special collections materials affects their ability to think critically and develop intellectual curiosity. Special Collections works with over 700 students per year, including about 25% of the first-year class.
The official announcement is available from ACRL, as is more information about the program and a list of participating institutions. We’re very excited about this opportunity!