Contexts for Assessment and Outcome Evaluation in Librarianship

Contexts for Assessment and Outcome Evaluation in Librarianship

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Assessment and outcomes evaluation have become increasingly important in librarianship. Although initially used in educational contexts to measure student learning, the strategy has migrated to other contexts such as hiring, employee development, overall organizational and institutional successes, measuring the outcomes of projects and operational changes, and self assessment at the personal level. This growing emphasis is partly due to increasingly stringent requirements that funds are used effectively to improve services and operations. The current economic climate and retrenchments in non-profit agencies, have raised the need for assessment and outcomes evaluation to a critical level. 'Contexts for Assessment and Outcome Evaluation in Librarianship' focuses not on the how of undertaking assessment and outcomes evaluation, but rather on their successes and failures in various contexts in which these tools have been and will be used.Part of the training involved developing work plans and writing outcomes to measure the impact of programs and services, ... target audiences: (1) adolescents (Youth Access); (2) retirees (Lifelong Access); and (3) health consumers (Health Access). The NYSL-developed Basic OBE Training Manual was used to create a condensed OBE curriculum for the project. ... The first workshop occurred in 2010.

Title:Contexts for Assessment and Outcome Evaluation in Librarianship
Author:Anne Woodsworth, W. David Penniman
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing - 2012


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