Call for Proposals, Assessment and Advocacy: Using Project Outcome for Academic Libraries

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In celebration of the fifth anniversary of the Project Outcome for Academic Libraries toolkit in 2024, ACRL is publishing a book titled Assessment and Advocacy: Using Project Outcome for Academic Libraries, highlighting the value the toolkit has brought to institutions and the academic library profession.

We invite you to submit a proposal by May 19, 2023, for a case study outlining how you use Project Outcome at your institution and how it has helped you advocate for your library.

If accepted, you will develop a full case study of approximately 1,500-5,000 words by August 1, 2023.

Purpose

The purpose of these case studies is to share how your library has used the Project Outcome toolkit. The focus should be on use of the tool to make improvements in practice. It is intended to be focused on how you were able to make improvements at your institution.

This is not intended to be social science research with generalizable findings. It should be focused on your use of the Project Outcome toolkit at your institution, and how you take action with the results.

Content Guidelines

If accepted, your case study of 1,500-5,000 words should be written in the first person. We encourage you to include images and/or charts, especially those pulled from the Project Outcome tool itself. See sample Project Outcome case studies in the toolkit for examples of what we are looking for.

You will discuss the following areas in your case study:

  1. Summary: This section should include general institutional and library background information, including Carnegie classification, student body profile (e.g., % undergraduate/graduate, socioeconomic indicators, other relevant information), an overview of academic program strengths, and any additional context about your location/local community. It should also introduce your use case at a high level by answering: What need did the project target? Which surveys did you use?
  2. Methods: Did you make modifications to the survey? How did you administer it? Did you use other complementary assessment methods alongside Project Outcome?
  3. Results: What were the results? What were the key takeaways from the survey data? Including images from Project Outcome dashboards and reports is encouraged.
  4. Taking Action: How have you used the data collected? Has it been useful in advocacy? Have you made any changes? Have you assessed those changes and were they successful?
  5. Next Steps: What lessons did you learn from this process? What would you do differently next time?
  6. Final Take-Aways: Please summarize your primary pieces of advice for readers interested in using Project Outcome for similar projects or outcomes of your use in a few bullet points.

Selection & Publication

Interested in participating? Please complete the proposal form by Friday, May 19, 2023, at 5pm Central.  Notifications will be sent by COB Thursday, June 1, 2023. If you are selected, a solid first draft is due by August 1, 2023.

If you are on a nine-month contract or cannot submit a first draft by August 1 for any reason, please reach out for accommodation. Additionally, ACRL is happy to provide an official case study acceptance letter for your tenure or promotion packet documenting your scholarly contribution to the project.

Questions?

Please email gparsonsdiamond@ala.org.