Available Until 8/31/2022

Telling Our Story Through Library Assessment: Assessment Types, Tools, and Practical Tips*

For more information or to schedule this course, contact: Jung Mi Scoulas jscoul2@uic.edu.

In this 2-hour workshop, the Assessment Coordinator of the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) Library will address multiple aspects of library assessment, using examples from university library consultations. The first half of the workshop will cover the importance of library assessment and introduce a 9-step process for doing assessment to inform the assessment decision-making process. In the second hour, the instructor will lead participants through various real-life scenarios to practice how to approach assessment. Attendees will have an opportunity to share experiences with assessment and tips for various assessment tools.

Learning Objectives:

Participants will:

  • understand the important role of assessment in conveying the library's value to stakeholders
  • be able to identify 9 basic steps of the assessment process
  • be able to select appropriate tools to use in an assessment
  • be able to apply assessment principles into real-life decision making or management scenarios


Introduction: 11-11:10 a.m., demonstrations incl. lecture and PPT, poll

  • About instructor
  • Context of Library Assessment
  • Purpose of course and learning outcomes
  • Poll - what motivates attendees to want to learn about assessment?


Part 1: Fundamentals of Assessment, 11:10-11:55 a.m., demonstrations

  • The importance and aims of assessment
  • The 9 steps of how to conduct assessment

Break, 11:55-12:00

Part 2: Putting the 9 steps of assessment into practice, 3 case scenarios, 12-12:40, discussion

  • Scenario 1: library operations, 12:05-12:15
  • Scenario 2: library space, 12:18-12:28
  • Scenario 3: library website & LibGuides, 12:30-12:40

Ways to improve assessment, 12:40-12:45, demonstrations

Q&A, 12:45-12:55


Medical librarian or staff member in an academic, hospital or professional association library who is involved in assessment, or if you simply want to improve your assessment knowledge. No prior knowledge or skills are required as this is an introductory level course.

MLA CE Credits: 2