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ALI Assessment Committee: Assessment Unconference - 2022

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ALI Assessment Committee - Assessment Unconference
Friday, November 4, 2022
9am-1:15pm (EST)

Event Background

The ALI Assessment Committee is excited to announce an unconference focused on library assessment.

During the unconference, committee members will facilitate informal discussions around assessment topics submitted by over 20 members of the ALI community. Discussion facilitators will provide a brief overview of a topic, pose a few questions to attendees, and then open the floor for conversation.

The unconference will be completely online.

Prior to the unconference, registrants will receive an email with the session links and unconference directions. 

Event Outcomes

Over 40 people attended sessions throughout the morning. 


Time (Eastern) Event
9:00-9:05 am EST Welcome
9:05-9:45 EST Why Assessment is Important
A conversation and Q&A with Matthew Shaw, Dean of University Libraries, Ball State University 
Facilitated by Amy Petts, Library Assessment Manager, Ball State University
9:45-10:00am EST Break
10:00-10:45am EST Session #1 (Choose 1 of the 2)
- Assessment for Beginners (Facilitated by Kim Whalen)
We will share our "best" assessment resources/tools and discuss manageable projects that beginners could start with.
- Building an Assessment Plan (Facilitated by Amy Petts)
We will discuss the stages of building a plan, how to get everyone on board, and what are the most important things to include. 
10:45-10:55am EST Break
10:55-11:40am EST Session #2 (Choose 1 of the 2)
- Making Time for Assessment & Reducing Assessment Fears (Facilitated by Amy Petts)
We will introduce some common barriers to assessment work (time and fear) and talk about strategies for minimizing these barriers at your own libraries. 
- Using Assessment Data (Facilitated by Karen Hum)
We will discuss the what and why of data collection, and how assessment data can be used to help move your library forward by informing, supporting, and driving initiatives. 
11:40-11:50am EST Break
11:50-12:35pm EST Session #3 (Choose 1 of the 2)
- Instruction Session Assessment (Facilitated by Lee Little)
We will discuss strategies for how best to approach assessing instructional sessions in real time and why instructional assessment can be difficult.
- Collection Assessment (Facilitated by Shawn Denny)
We will briefly touch on traditional collection assessment and explore other approaches librarians might use to assess the collection for practical development and management. 
12:35-12:45pm EST Break
12:45-1:15pm EST Closing Conversation (Facilitated by Amy Petts)


Unconference Session PPTs

Attendees are able to join one of two concurrent sessions where discussion facilitators will provide a brief overview of a topic, pose a few questions to attendees, and then open the floor for conversation.