ALA Annual in Orlando was another great opportunity for members of the Value of Academic Libraries Committee (VAL), Assessment in Action (AiA) alums as well as facilitators, and many others to discuss the work we’ve been doing and collaborate on ways we can continue to move forward. Established in 2010, VAL is a multifaceted project intended to empower academic librarians with data and methods for demonstrating library value relative to institutional goals and objectives.
One of the key VAL initiatives over the last few years has been AiA. In 2012 ACRL was awarded a three-year National Leadership Demonstration Grant of $249,330 by the Institute of Museum and Library Services for the program. The grant supported the design, implementation and evaluation of a program to strengthen the competencies of librarians in campus leadership and data-informed advocacy. AiA is now wrapping up the final year.
AiA was developed in partnership with the Association for Institutional Research and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities and remains a cornerstone of ACRL’s Value of Academic Libraries initiative. If you’re interested in learning more about any of the AiA projects check out our searchable AiA project site.
On Friday June 24th VAL AiA alums, facilitators and Committee members held our first “Assessment in Action Alumni Community of Practice” unconference where we discussed what we have learned over the last three years and how we can build on AiA moving forward.
On Saturday June 25th Debbie L. Malone and Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe presented highlights of recent VAL work and the initiatives the committee has planed for the future (powerpoint download >> VAL Update session for ALA Annual 2016).
If you have any questions about VAL/AiA contact one of the 2016 incoming VAL committee Chair Jaime Corris Hammond or Vice-Chair Alan Carbery and please check out the VAL website for more!