Monday, August 6, 2012

Library Assessment Conference 2012 Regis tration Now Open—Deadline August 25

Association of Research Libraries

2012 Library Assessment Conference:
Building Effective, Sustainable and Practical Assessment
Charlottesville, Virginia
October 29–31, 2012
Twitter: #lac12

Washington, DC—Registration is now open for the 2012 Library Assessment Conference: Building Effective, Sustainable, Practical Assessment, the only conference in North America to focus solely on library assessment. This fourth assessment conference will be held October 29–31, 2012, in the historic and beautiful town of Charlottesville, Virginia, and is co-sponsored by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the University of Virginia Library, and the University of Washington Libraries.
Who Should Attend?
This event is geared toward all library and information professionals interested in assessment activities.

Main conference fee: $425 (includes October 29–31 conference program)

Additional workshop fees: $130 for full-day workshops and $80 for half-day workshops held on October 28 and November 1. (See below for more information on the offerings).
Registration deadline is August 25, 2012. Participants are encouraged to register early as registration for the previous conferences closed several weeks before the deadline due to high demand. If space remains after August 25, single-day registration will open at that time.

Participants are also encouraged to make their hotel reservations on a timely basis as rooms are booked quickly.

Invited Speakers

Keynote speakers at the 2012 conference are:
·         Judith Eaton, President, Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA)
·         John Lombardi, university professor and administrator
·         John Simon, Executive Vice President and Provost of the University of Virginia and the Robert C. Taylor Professor of Chemistry
·         Siva Vaidhyanathan, Robertson Professor and the Chair of the Department of Media Studies, University of Virginia

Conference Topics

A full range of library assessment activities will be covered, including digital libraries, collections, information literacy and learning outcomes, statistics and management information, methods and tools including LibQUAL+®, organizational issues, performance measurement, space planning and utilization, usability, usage and e-metrics, user needs, and value and impact.


October 28:

·         “Getting Started with Learning Outcomes Assessment: Purposes, Practical Options, and Impact” with Megan Oakleaf (half day)

November 1:

·         “Library Space Assessment: Bringing the Focus to Teaching and Learning” with Joan K. Lippincott and Kim Duckett (full day)

·         “Getting Started with Learning Outcomes Assessment: Purposes, Practical Options, and Impact” with Megan Oakleaf (full day)

·         “Working Effectively with LibQUAL+®” with Raynna Bowlby and Martha Kyrillidou (full day)

·         “Successfully Managing Strategic Change with the Balanced Scorecard” with Donna Tolson, Liz Mengel, and Vivian Lewis (half day)

Workshops will fill up quickly and will be offered only once.

Conference Planning Committee

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

2012 Conference Planning Committee:
Karen Diller, Washington State University Vancouver
David Green, Association of Research Libraries
Lisa Hinchliffe, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Vivian Lewis, McMaster University
Liz Mengel, Johns Hopkins University
Megan Oakleaf, Syracuse University
Kathy Perry, VIVA Consortium
Bill Potter, University of Georgia
Donna Tolson, University of Virginia
Stephen Town, University of York (UK)

Additional Information

Cancellation Policy: ARL, University of Virginia, and University of Washington reserve the right to cancel any of these events through August 31, 2012. An e-mail announcement will be sent to registrants in the event of a cancellation. Registrants will receive a full refund.

Participant Cancellations: Written requests for cancellation will be honored through August 31, 2012, with a $50 cancellation fee. After that date, no refund will be given. Registration and payment may be transferred to another individual at your institution. If you wish to cancel or transfer, please send an e-mail with your request to

For more detailed information, visit the conference website at

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