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ACRL Standards RoadShow

The University of Mary Washington Libraries are pleased to host the ACRL Standards RoadShow this summer. Please join us for the one-day workshop, "Planning, Assessing, and Communicating Library Impact: Putting the Standards for Libraries in Higher Education into Action." The event is free of charge and open to librarians and library staff in Virginia and DC metro area. A continental breakfast and boxed lunch will be provided. However, space is limited, so please register early and let us know if your plans change. Registration will close on July 6, 2018.

Location & Directions: Directions to the University of Mary Washington and a campus map are available online. The Chandler Ballroom is on the first floor of the University Center (#51 on map). Free parking for attendees is available in the Thornton Street Lot (#29 on map). Limited street parking along College Avenue is also available.

Hotel Accommodations: For travellers wanting to stay overnight in Fredericksburg on July 26th, we have reserved a block of rooms at the Hyatt for $93/night. Individuals are responsible for their own reservations and cancellations. To make a reservation, please visit the Hyatt website and enter the group code: G-ACRL.

Check-in opens at 8:00 a.m. and the workshop will start at 9:00 a.m.

If you have questions about the event, please contact Summer Durrant at sdurrant@umw.edu.

Friday, July 27, 2018
8:00am - 4:30pm
University Center, Chandler Ballroom
Registration has closed.

Workshop Description

Libraries in higher education are increasingly required to demonstrate their value and document their contributions to overall institutional effectiveness. The Standards for Libraries in Higher Education is a framework for library planning and assessment that can be used for a variety of circumstances including annual planning, program review, and accreditation self-study. Through presentation, discussion, and group activities, learn how to use the Standards to communicate your library’s impact.

Learning Outcomes

Workshop participants will be able to:

  • Establish the library and institutional contexts to effectively engage in planning, self-study, accreditation, or program review processes.
  • Use the ACRL Standards for Libraries in Higher Education and other foundational documents as a framework to develop benchmarks, evaluate quality and performance, and demonstrate value to the institutional mission.
  • Evaluate various metrics and assessment tools to select the best approach for a given situation.
  • Examine the role of leadership in building a culture of assessment to engage all librarians and staff members in effective decision-making.

Who Should Attend

This workshop is intended for all librarians, library staff, and library administrators who need to demonstrate the value of their library by documenting their contributions to overall institutional effectiveness and/or to identify areas for quality improvement. Attendees are not expected to have previous experience applying the Standards. Though the primary audience is librarians, library staff, library administrators and other campus professionals in areas of assessment, institutional planning and improvement, and academic technology may be interested as well.


8:00-9:00 a.m.

Registration & Coffee

9:00 a.m.-noon

The Standards as a Foundation for Assessment

Moving Assessment from Theory into Practice - A Planning and Assessment Cycle Approach

Developing Outcomes

12:00-1:00 p.m.


1:00-2:15 p.m.

Designing Assessments that Demonstrate Mission, Value, and Contribution

2:15-3:30 p.m.

Metrics and Benchmarking

3:30-4:30 p.m.

Leadership and Organizational Change

Wrap up and Reflection


Rhonda HuismanRhonda Huisman, MAE, MISLT is Dean of University Library at St. Cloud State University, where she directs library strategic planning, instruction, collections, and space as well as staffing, professional development, and outreach. Rhonda has researched faculty-librarian collaborations, information literacy, and the first-year experience, but her primary focus has been on collaborating with K-12 librarians, community colleges, and four-year institutions to research college-readiness initiatives. She attended the Harvard Leadership Institute, and is an alumna of the Immersion Assessment track and current Immersion faculty member. Recent publications and presentations at ALA, ACRL, LOEX, and the IUPUI Assessment Institute covered high-impact education practices, faculty-centered workshops, and communities of practice, and regularly teaches first-year seminars and education courses. She is an active member of local and state committees, ACRL committees, and served as Chair of the Student Learning and Information Literacy Committee in 2016-17. Learn more about Rhonda in her ACRL Member of the Week profile on ACRL Insider.


Sharon MaderSharon Mader, MLS, MS, Ed.D., is Dean Emeritus of the Library at the University of New Orleans. She served as the ACRL Visiting Program Officer for Information Literacy from February 2015 through January 2017, working to guide the launch and implementation of the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education, which included developing the online Framework Sandbox database and repository at sandbox.acrl.org. She has worked at a variety of public and private academic libraries, including the University of Illinois Health Sciences, Lake Forst College, DePaul University, and the University of Memphis. Her teaching background includes service a a Peace Corps Volunteer in Tunisia and as a founding faculty member of the ACRL Information Literacy Immersion program. As a campus leader, she participated in institutional effectiveness and accreditation initiatives at several universities and served on accreditation teams for SACS and for higher education degree programs offered by multiple academic institutions on Air Force bases around the country. Her professional activities include leadership roles in state, national, and international library associations, including the ACRL Instruction Section and as chair of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) Information Literacy Section.