WSCUC Academic Resource Conference - CANCELLED

April 22, 2020 Hyatt Regency Orange County, Garden Grove, CA 04:45 PM

WSCUC Academic Resource Conference 2020

Date: April 22, 2020

Time: 4:45-5:45pm

Location: Hyatt Regency Orange County, Garden Grove, CA

Presenter: Tiffany Garrett (Nevada State College)


Outcome Measurement in Academic Libraries: The Project Outcome Model

Short abstract:

Project Outcome for Academic Libraries is a free online toolkit that helps libraries measure learning outcomes and use the results to identify opportunities for improvement. Attend this workshop to learn about Project Outcome’s work to shift the library field towards an outcome measurement standard and applying it to your institution.


Extended description:

A robust body of scholarship shows positive connections between academic libraries and student learning and success. To support that work, the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) launched Project Outcome for Academic Libraries in April 2019, based on a successful model created the Public Library Association. Project Outcome is a free online toolkit designed to help libraries understand and share the impact of their programs and services by providing simple surveys and an easy-to-use process for measuring and analyzing outcomes. It also provides libraries with the resources and training support needed to apply their results and confidently advocate for their library’s future. In this session ACRL staff will share results from use of the new surveys and how Project Outcome has created opportunities for improving educational effectiveness in colleges and universities.

As part of its engagement work on this project, ACRL staff will ask participants in this workshop to interact and provide feedback on the academic library outcome model. Participants will share and discuss how outcome measurement has or could create opportunities for growth or change in their institutions. They will also be encouraged to brainstorm ways they could expand their use of outcome measures through Project Outcome and extend collaborations beyond the library.

Participants are recommended to sign up for the Project Outcome for Academic Libraries toolkit in advance of the session. Anyone can sign up to see the resources, though only academic librarians have full access to the survey management tool and data dashboards.


Learning outcomes - attendees will:
  • Learn about successful outcome measurement standardization efforts in the library field.
  • Understand how the Project Outcome model can be applied to academic settings.
  • Discuss strategies to incorporate library learning and assessment in institutional collaborations.
  • Inform ACRL’s work to support the academic library field in measuring meaningful outcomes.