We are delighted to welcome more than 600 registrants to the Washington, DC area for the 2016 Library Assessment Conference. As the largest conference of its kind in the world, this meeting with its array of programs has helped build and foster an energetic community that is deeply committed not only to improving our libraries but also to documenting our contributions to individual and institutional success.
This year as we celebrate our 10th anniversary we take great pride in the growth of the conference and of the assessment community over the past ten years. We believe the two are related. Our six conferences will have offered a rich trove of 350 posters, 400 papers and panels, 30 keynote presentations, and 36 workshops that have chronicled the value of library assessment to our institutions and user communities. These programs represent exemplary assessment work that is being done in our libraries and provide information and inspiration to those working to improve effectiveness and decision making, in addition to the formal ample opportunities for participants to learn from one another and share their own stories and successes.
While the Library Assessment Conference serves as a learning, networking and community event, it also has a tradition for being fun. We invite you to enjoy the conference reception on Monday evening, which also happens to be Halloween. So come as you are or in costume. On Tuesday and Wednesday evenings we offer the Leaders and Luminaries events where you will have the opportunity to mingle in an informal setting over drinks or dinner with colleagues and some of our library leaders and assessment stars. Of course, the Washington, DC area has its own set of attractions, especially the week before the election. The conference hotel is located above the Crystal City Metro Station that offers convenient access to the region. The Local Arrangements Committee has planned some additional activities and prepared a restaurant guide for your enjoyment.
Welcome and enjoy the meeting! We are pleased that you will join us at the 2016 Library Assessment Conference.
2016 conference co-chairs,
Sue Baughman, Association of Research Libraries
Steve Hiller, University of Washington Libraries
About the Conference
The Association of Research Libraries and the University of Washington Libraries held the 2016 Library Assessment Conference: Building Effective, Sustainable, Practical Assessment in Arlington, Virginia October 31–November 2. 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 five conferences held in Charlottesville (2006, 2012), Seattle (2008, 2014), and Baltimore (2010).
Pre-conference and post-conference workshops were held on Sunday, October 30, 1:00–4:30 p.m., and Thursday, November 3, 9:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
The conference provides a full range of presentations—invited speakers, papers, and posters that cover all aspects of library assessment.
Steering Committee members
Jackie Belanger, University of Washington
Sue Baughman, Association of Research Libraries, Co-Chair
Bob Fox, University of Louisville, Ex Officio as Chair of the ARL Assessment Committee
Steve Hiller, University of Washington, Co-Chair
Lisa Hinchliffe, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Martha Kyrillidou, QualityMetrics, LLC
Vivian Lewis, McMaster University
Megan Oakleaf, Syracuse University
Jennifer Paustenbaugh, Brigham Young University
Stephen Town, University of York, UK, Ex Officio as Liaison to the Northumbria Conference