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A Better Understanding of Library Work Effort

Happy New Year! What a year we had in 2023. Tumultuous. I predict that 2024 will be equally filled with change and uncertainty. Before we move on to those new challenges, a brief update on an important assessment effort conducted … Continue reading

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The Numbers are Falling, the Numbers are Falling!

In the assessment world, we generally like to see numbers that trend upwards. Increases in gate count, use of study rooms, the number of programs and participants – all positive. But the reality is that numbers don’t always rise, and … Continue reading

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What Counts

To count (verb): to tally, to add up, to total, to recite numerals in ascending order To count (verb) : to matter, to be considered, to be included, to have importance I have posted multiple times in this space about … Continue reading

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A New Day for Assessment Practice?

It is difficult to believe that in early March we convened the Assessment Community of Practice, joining Margery Sly and Matt Shoemaker to talk about changing needs for assessment measures as we develop new library services. The new Charles Library … Continue reading

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Are There Any Meetings on Library Assessment?

Assessment is a growing topic of interest at American Library Association meetings and last weekend I had the privilege of participating in several meetings to discuss trends and challenges.  Look at How Far We’ve Come: Successes Assessment practice is evolving … Continue reading

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Brainstorming New Metrics as We Transition to Charles Library

In less than six months we will be moving into Charles Library, an environment that will transform how we think about libraries and the resources and services it provides. And how we provide access to those resources and services. In … Continue reading

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A New Year’s Reflections and Resolutions

The beginning of a new year is a somewhat artificial, but useful time to reflect on the past and look toward the future. Reviewing the 2017 archives of this blog reminds me of all that has happened this year.  One … Continue reading

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The Pain of Numbers

  I have just completed the Libraries’ submission of annual statistics to Temple University’s Office of Institutional Research & Assessment. I’ve been doing this kind of work for years, and it still pains me. This in spite of tremendous support … Continue reading

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When Numbers Fail Us

The recent election demonstrated in a powerful way the limits of data, in this case a multitude of polling numbers, towards understanding, or planning, for our  future. As an assessment librarian who counts on numbers to tell a story, I … Continue reading

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Assessment in Atlanta

I recently attended the Southeastern Library Assessment Conference, a great forum that provides us an opportunity to hear about (mostly) academic library assessment activities in the Southeast and beyond. Several sessions related to a topic of special interest to libraries … Continue reading

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