Assessment Forums

Columbia University Libraries Assessment Forums are an opportunity for staff at the Libraries and our colleagues in the community to learn about successful assessment projects at nearby college and university libraries. Speakers discuss various methods of assessment, assessment tools, building a culture of assessment, and applying assessment results to improve library services and meet user needs. Assessment Forums are held three times a year and are organized by the Columbia University Libraries Assessment Working Group. Assessment Forums are now open to the public.

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Summer 2011

Assessment @ CUL

User Needs Assessment at Avery Library (PDF)
Chris Sala, Architecture Bibliographer

Burke Library Annual Survey (PDF)
Anthony Elia, Public Services Librarian

Digital Social Science Center Evaluation (PDF)
Mary Giunta, Director, Social Science Libraries

CCNMTL Lecture Capture Service Feedback (PDF)
Brian O'Hagan, Senior Technologist, CCNMTL

2CUL Humanities PhD Student Study (Read the full report)
Alysse Jordan, Social Work Librarian and John Tofanelli, Research Collections and Services Librarian

Spring 2011

"The Ithaka S+R Library Survey 2010: Insights from US Academic Library Directors," A by Roger Schonfeld, Ithaka S+R

Presentation (PDF)

Fall 2010

"Assessing the Assessment: How institutions administered, interpreted and used SAILS, " Brian Lym, Hal Grossman, and Lauren Yannotta from Hunter College Libraries, CUNY

Presentation (PDF)
Library Assessment Conference Poster (PDF)

Summer 2010

Assessment @ CUL

Digital Science Center User Needs Assessment, Jane Winland, Director, Science & Engineering Libraries

Avery Index Focus Groups, Ted Goodman, General Editor, Avery Index

The Burke Library User Needs Assessment, John Weaver, Director, The Burke Library

CLIO Beta Usability Testing, Sarah Witte, Women's Studies Selector

Faculty Perceptions of Journal Collections (Based on LibQual+), Jen Rutner, Assessment & Marketing Librarian

Spring 2010
"Perpetual Beta: User-Centered Design and Iterative Development of an OPAC," Lisa Norberg, Barnard College Library
Fall 2009

"Uncovering Stories," Michael Lascarides, NYPL

Powerpoint Presentation
Audio Podcast on iTunes U

Summer 2009

Assessment @ CUL

Kathleen Dreyer: Virtual Reference Assessment
Powerpoint Presentation

Francie MrKich: Access Services Quality Service Feedback Project
Powerpoint Presentation

Bob Scott: Digital Humanities Center User Needs Assessment
Powerpoint Presentation

John Tofanelli + Colleen Major: Electronic Resources Usage Statistics Project

Joanna DiPasquale + Lea Osborne: Finding Aids Portal Usability Studies
Powerpoint Presentation

Spring 2009

"What our users really think of library service: LibQual+ 2009," Jen Rutner, Columbia University Libraries

Powerpoint presentation (PDF)

Winter 2009

"LibQual+: Looking back at 2003, 2006, and getting ready for 2009," Jen Rutner, Columbia University Libraries

Powerpoint Presentation

Fall 2008

"Using LibQual+ at Cornell University Libraries," Xin Li, Liane O'Brien

Powerpoint Presentation

Spring 2008

Usability and Quality Assurance Practices at the Columbia Center for New Media Teaching and Learning, Brian O'Hagan, Liz Day

Powerpoint Presentation

Fall 2007

"Assessment and Quality Assurance using QuestionPoint at Baruch College Library (CUNY)," Stephen Franceour

Presentation on

Summer 2007

Assessment @ CUL

Jane Winland: Reference Assessment Report

Barbara List: Geology Library Renovation Questionnaire

Deborah Wassertzug: Virtual Reference Assessment - Part I: Data Analysis

LoisColeman:  Assessment of Library Instruction and Information Literacy Programs at Barnard College Libraries

Spring 2007

"Assessing Library as Place for the Renovation of Bobst Library at NYU," Lucinda Covert-Vail, Kimberly Sweetman

Listening to Users: The Role of Assessment in Renovation to Meet User Need, PowerPoint presentation from the ARL Library Assessment Conference, 2006