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Evaluation Metrics for Libraries: Expanding the Conceptual Context. Panel Discussion Neal Kaske Joe Matthews Peter Hernon. Input Output including economic efficiency. Outcome Impact. Types of Metrics. Inputs Example

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Evaluation Metrics for Libraries: Expanding the Conceptual Context

Panel Discussion

Neal Kaske

Joe Matthews

Peter Hernon

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Input

Output

including economic efficiency

Outcome

Impact

Types of Metrics

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Inputs

Example

Percentage of total acquisitions expenditure spent on acquisition of electronic library services

Outputs

Example

Percentage of the population reached by electronic library services

Source: EQUINOX, http://equinox.dcu.ie/reports/pilist.html

Typical View—Library Centric

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Service quality

Satisfaction

Output or Outcome?

Where Does LibQUAL+™ Fit in?

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Examples of Different “Assessment” Perspectives

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Library’s Parent OrganizationHigher Education

Collection and Staff (inputs)

Student outcomes (outputs)

  • Aggregate statistics on groups of students (e.g., graduation rates, retention rates, transfer rates, course and program completion rates, and job placement: employment rates for a graduating class)

    Student learning outcomes (Development of students over time)

    What should students learn?

    How well are they learning it?

    What evidence do we gather to answer these questions?

    How do we use that evidence to improve learning

    Convergence/collaboration (outputs)

    Other

  • Affordability

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Types

Internal

External

External

Present ones

low use high use

Never-gained

“Lost”

No interest

Customers

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Qualitative indicators

Contributing to retention rate

Successful passage of licensing examinations

Getting Your Tuition Money’s Worth from the Library

Sawyer Library, “How Can I Get My Tuition Money’s Worth from the Library?” (Boston: Suffolk University, 2008),

http://www.suffolk.edu/sawlib/faq.htm#anchor13268

Parent Organization

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CustomersAreas to Develop Metrics

Remote use

Use of physical library

Facilities/technology/ equipment

Collections

Services

ILL

Circulation

Reference

Other

Collections

Services

Service quality

Satisfaction

Wait time

Accuracy

Courtesy

And so on

Staff

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“Lost” customers

Shelve books within __ hours of use

Wait time at reference desk

Amount spent

Café (associated with library)

At vending machines (in library)

Facilities used

Frequency of use of

Group study room

Academic support services available the physical space in the library (e.g., writing tutors and IT support)

Seating

Computers

We Can Then Develop Metrics (ratios with percentage) for Such Areas as

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Accreditation Bodies

  • Student learning outcomes

  • Student outcomes

  • Affordability

  • Assorted inputs and outputs

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Conclusion

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