Library Assessment

ZSR Library assessment is a continuing process, using a variety of methods to evaluate and measure how effective the Library is in supporting its mission. Ongoing assessment provides library faculty and staff with the necessary data needed to improve services, identify changing patterns in users’ needs and promote library resources and services.

Library assessment activities are led by members of the Assessment Committee.  Members of the FY20 committee are:

  • Lauren Corbett
  • Thomas Dowling
  • James Harper
  • Mary Beth Lock (chair)
  • Rosalind Tedford
  • Tanya Zanish-Belcher

The committee establishes goals for each fiscal year. At year’s end, it submits an annual report of accomplishments to the Library administration.

Activities & Accomplishments

Assessment Goals FY20

    1. Conduct LibQual+ Lite survey in the Fall of 2019
    2. Collect and report accurate statistics to IPEDS, ACRL, ATS
    3. Continue assessments on space usage
    4. LIbAnswers to track instruction data
    5. Identify how Alma changes our assessment activities
    6. Onboard new Library Business Manager on statistics collection for all of ZSR reporting and assessment activities

Assessment Plan

Annual Report

Surveys & Results

Ithaka S+R Local Faculty Survey, 2016

National Survey Results

Biannually, the Library selects a national standardized assessment tool  that allows  the Library to benchmark services against peer groups.

In 2016 the Library participated in an international survey – Innovations in Scholarship.

Local Assessment Examples

Assessment Presentations

Data Visualizations

Data visualizations can help to effectively communicate data and outcomes.