Sunday, January 03, 2010

CFP: 2010 Library Assessment Conference:Building Effective, Sustainable, Practical Assessment

CFP: 2010 Library Assessment Conference:Building Effective, Sustainable, Practical Assessment

October 25-27, 2010
Baltimore, Maryland

All proposals due by February 15, 2010

Washington DC­: The Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the University of Virginia Library, the University of Washington Libraries, and the Conference Planning Committee are pleased to issue this call for proposals for the 2010 Library Assessment Conference: Building Effective, Sustainable, Practical Assessment, to be held in Baltimore, Maryland, October 25-27, 2010. The conference goal is to support and nurture the library assessment community through a mix of invited speakers, contributed papers and posters, workshops, and engaging discussion. The conference is geared toward library and information professionals and researchers with responsibility for or an interest in the broad field of library assessment. This biennial conference builds on the success of the first two conferences held in Charlottesville (2006) and Seattle (2008).

We are pleased to announce that the conference's five keynote speakers are confirmed:

Fred Heath: Library Service Quality
Joe Matthews: Performance Measures and Balanced Scorecard
Danuta Nitecki: Assessment of Library Spaces
Megan Oakleaf: Learning Outcomes and the Library
Stephen Town: Value and Impact

Conference Topics

The Conference Planning Committee especially encourages topics along the themes of the keynote speakers and other areas of library assessment including:
Digital libraries
Information resources and collections
Learning and teaching
Management information
Methods and tools
Organizational issues
Performance measurement and measures
Return on investment (ROI)
Space planning and utililization
Usage and e-metrics
User needs
Value and impact

Presentation Formats

Proposals are invited as either papers or posters. Presentation time for papers should be no more than 25 minutes. Poster sessions are particularly welcome from attendees and specific time will be set aside for attendees to discuss posters with the presenters. The language of the conference is English (bilingual French/English or Spanish/English posters will also be accepted). Accepted proposals will be published in the conference proceedings and PowerPoint presentations and poster materials will be posted on the conference Web site.

Proposal Submission Guidelines and Evaluation Procedures

Proposals will include a title, author(s), format, and abstract (maximum 500 words) describing the proposal. The abstract should follow the structure of: Purpose, Design/Methodology/Approach, Findings, Practical Implications/Value
Authors each will provide separate biographical statements (50 words).
The Conference Planning Committee will evaluate all proposals based on:
their relevance to effective, sustainable, and practical library assessment;
the significance of their contribution to the body of work associated with library assessment; and clarity of expression.
Proposals must be submitted by February 15, 2010.
Those submitting proposals will be notified of their status by April 15, 2010.
Presenters will be guaranteed a registration place and will be expected to pay registration fees.
To submit your proposal, please visit

Conference Planning Committee

Conference Co-Chairs:
Steve Hiller, University of Washington Libraries
Martha Kyrillidou, Association of Research Libraries
Jim Self, University of Virginia Library

John Bertot, University of Maryland
Sam Kalb, Queen's University
Liz Mengel, Johns Hopkins University
Megan Oakleaf, Syracuse University
Kathy Perry, VIVA Consortium
Bill Potter, University of Georgia
Roberta Shaffer, Library of Congress
Agnes Tatarka, University of Chicago
Stephen Town, University of York (UK)

Additional Information

The conference Web site will provide complete information about the conference, including plenary and keynote speakers, workshops, registration, and accommodations.