Assessment Committee

The role of the Library Assessment Committee [LAC] is to encourage the use and implementation of assessment methods to assure effective library programs, collections and services.

LAC achieves this through the following:

  • Encourages the development of a culture of assessment through regular communication and educational programming. Shares information about assessment activities underway across the library system in the areas of services, instruction, resources, access, staff, facilities and budget.
  • Recommends ways that measurement and evaluation can be integrated into existing library management practices. Provides advice and expertise regarding quantitative and qualitative data collection to departments and groups involved in assessment activities.
  • Develops an assessment plan, including a sustained assessment cycle/schedule, based upon the library's mission statement and goals.Recommends this plan to the Library Management Group, and coordinates implementation.
  • Serves as a primary library contact to the Office of Institutional Research.Develops an understanding of existing Dartmouth data sources and seeks opportunities to integrate library assessment into other Dartmouth surveys and data collection activities.
  • Monitors developments in assessment techniques within the broader library community with an eye to their application at Dartmouth.Takes into consideration standards established by ACRL and other professional library and educational organizations.

Reports to: Library Management Group