Minutes of April 16, 2003 Meeting

Susan Beck, Judy Gardner, Nancy Hendrickson, Ann Montanaro, Ann Watkins, Samson Soong

Susan shared with the Committee the presentation she recently made at the 11th ACRL national conference was held in Charlotte, North Carolina from April 10-13. The topic of her talk at the conference was "Implications for Assessment". As part of her presentation, Susan reported on the results of her interviews with library administrators and librarians at a number of ARL libraries concerning the impact of assessment on decision-making in their organizations. A number of focus groups interviews were conducted by her with "cabinet level" administrators and key library managers regarding the impact of assessment on decision-making within their purviews. Susan also shared with meeting attendees about two surveys completed by groups that assessed each individual's beliefs regarding their institutions' development of a culture of assessment and decision-making.

Samson reported on the progress so far made on collecting data for the ARL E-metrics measures. Due to the nature of some data received from database vendors, we are not able to easily segregate numbers as recommended for the measures. Before Rutgers can report its FY2002 data, additional numbers for some of the measures need to be gathered. There were questions about the definitions of some of the e-metrics measures. Samson promised to send to all committee members information on the website at which the definitions of all ARL e-metrics measures are available. (The definitions are available at http://www.arl.org/stats/newmeas/emetrics/module_3_files/v3_document.htm).

The University Librarian's Cabinet has been developing excellence indicators for four areas: 1) Operations and Infrastructure Accountability, 2) Core Programs Services, Activities, 3) Key Beneficiaries and Collaborators, and 4)Library faculty and staff, Workplace. The end results will include criteria, measures, methods, and targets for each excellence indicator. This project turned out to be more time-consuming than originally anticipated. A number of proposed indicators still need to be consolidated or combined, and all suggested indicators will be reviewed and modified by appropriate library committees and councils before they are finalized. The excellence indictors, once agreed upon, may be measured at different time intervals depending on their character or criteria and the actual needs for measurement.

Since Samson has accepted a position at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology effective July 1, the committee discussed what should be done with the chairpersonship of the Assessment Committee after he leaves. After deliberation, it was suggested that we ask Marianne to consider designating a Cabinet member as official liaison to the Committee if the new chair named is not a Cabinet member. Susan indicated that, if Marianne agrees to designate such a liaison, she is willing to assume the responsibility as the committee chair in the coming years.

The next committee meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 11, at 9:30 am.

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