Thursday, August 16, 2012

call for papers, assessment

Proving Value and Improving Practice: Assessment Strategies for the Small Academic Library

College & Undergraduate Libraries invites proposals for articles to be published in a special issue addressing how smaller academic libraries are documenting their contribution to institutional effectiveness in student learning, engagement, and retention, as well as faculty teaching and research, and using the data to spur improvements. As institutions of higher education have responded to calls for accountability with assessment, libraries have also taken up the challenge, aided by ACRL publications like the Value of Academic Libraries report (2010) and Standards for Libraries in Higher Education (2011).

The issue will be co-edited by Jill Gremmels, Davidson College,, and Christopher Millson-Martula, Lynchburg College,

In their articles, authors should focus on writing about concerns, challenges, and successes of assessment. Authors are invited to submit articles/proposals for articles such as:

• Theoretical, philosophical, or ideological discussions on assessment

• Opinion or position paper on the impact of assessment on libraries and their users

• Case studies of library projects and initiatives

• Research studies on assessment results and libraries' uses of those results

Proposals from librarians and faculty or other partners, both individually and as teams, are welcome. Proposals should consist of an abstract of 500 words and up to six keywords describing the articles together with all author contact information. Articles should run at least 20 double-spaced pages in length.

Please submit proposals to Jill Gremmels,, by September 15, 2012. Questions can be directed to either of the editors.
For more information about College & Undergraduate Libraries, including complete submission instructions, please visit the journal's webpage:

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