Friday, January 24, 2014

CFP: CUNY Library Assessment Conference

CFP: CUNY Library Assessment Conference

Call for Submissions

The City University of New York Office of Library Services is pleased to announce a conference:

Reinventing Libraries: Reinventing Assessment Innovative Practices and Ideas that Challenge the Status Quo

“Reinventing Libraries: Reinventing Assessment. Innovative Practices and Ideas that Challenge the Status Quo” will be held on June 6, 2014 at Baruch College in New York City. The Office of Library Services at the City University of New York invites the submission of proposals for presentations of papers and posters on innovative approaches to library assessment, particularly those that challenge established assessment ideas and practices. The conference will be national in scope and will address the value of library assessment as a means to improve academic programs, teaching, learning, and facilitating the curricular and research activities of students and faculty. The goal of the conference is to bring together interested practitioners and researchers to share their ideas and information on the vital topic of library assessment. Break-out session topics will include:
•       Information literacy assessment, including General Education and learning outcomes
•       Qualitative assessment (for example, ethnographic surveys and other interpretive approaches that evaluate users’ behavior)
•       Collection assessment, particularly digital
•       Assessment of library design, furnishings and technology
•       Evaluation of library services in support of online education (for example, chat, reference and embedded librarianship)
•       Value and impact of the library on the greater community

Papers: Presentation time is in blocks of 20-minutes or 40-minutes. Proposals should be in pdf format and include a title, author(s), an abstract (250 word maximum) outlining the topic and the ways in which it contributes to the field of library assessment, and a short biographical statement (50 words). Deadline for papers is June 1, 2014. Final draft of papers submitted by June 30, 2014 will be included in the conference proceedings.

Posters: Posters should provide a graphic presentation of the topic. This is an opportunity to present the results of your assessment project. Posters will be displayed informally on easels in the lunch/lounge area of the conference center and presenters will be able to share their work with the attendees and receive feedback. Poster proposals should be in pdf format and contain a brief abstract (100 word maximum) detailing the focus of the work and how it contributes to the field, and a short biographical statement (50 words). Poster session summaries will also be included in the conference proceedings.

Please submit proposals by March 1, 2014. Those submitting proposals will be notified of the decision by March 31, 2014ubmis. To make a submission go to:

For further information contact:
Ann Fiddler