Thursday, February 02, 2012

Call for Proposals: Library Assessment Conference 2012 (ARL)

Call for Proposals: Library Assessment Conference 2012
All proposals due by March 30, 2012

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 2012 Library Assessment Conference: Building Effective, Sustainable, Practical Assessment, to be held in Charlottesville, Virginia, October 29-31, 2012.

The conference goal is to build and further a vibrant library assessment community by bringing together interested practitioners and researchers who have responsibility or interest in the broad field of library assessment. The conference provides a mix of invited speakers, contributed papers and posters, and workshops that stimulate discussion and provide workable ideas for effective, practical and sustainable library assessment. This biennial conference builds on the success of the first three conferences held in Charlottesville (2006), Seattle (2008), and Baltimore (2010).

Proposal Topics
Proposals are invited as either papers or posters that cover any aspect of library assessment. The Conference Planning Committee especially encourages proposals in the following areas:
•    Collaborative assessment
•    Digital libraries
•    Information resources, collections, and e-metrics
•    Learning outcomes
•    Management information
•    Methods and tools
•    Organizational issues
•    Performance measurement and measures
•    Return on investment (ROI)
•    Services
•    Space planning and use
•    Special collections
•    Usability
•    User needs
•    Value and impact
All proposals are due by March 30, 2012.
Complete Information
The Library Assessment Conference website provides complete information on proposal submission and the conference.

For further information, please contact:
David Green, Statistics and Assessment Program, Association of Research Libraries
The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 126 research libraries in the US and Canada. Its mission is to influence the changing environment of scholarly communication and the public policies that affect research libraries and the diverse communities they serve. ARL pursues this mission by advancing the goals of its member research libraries, providing leadership in public and information policy to the scholarly and higher education communities, fostering the exchange of ideas and expertise, facilitating the emergence of new roles for research libraries, and shaping a future environment that leverages its interests with those of allied organizations. ARL is on the web at