The Association of Research Libraries and the University of Washington Libraries will host the 2018 Library Assessment Conference: Building Effective, Sustainable, Practical Assessment in Houston, Texas, December 5–7.

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 six conferences held in Charlottesville, Virginia (2006, 2012); Seattle, Washington (2008, 2014); Baltimore, Maryland (2010); and Arlington, Virginia (2016).

Statement Regarding Selection of Houston, Texas

The Association of Research Libraries is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion as guiding principles of the organization. It is the Association’s position that a firm commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion is necessary to ensure equitable access to economic and social prosperity, and full participation in society. The Association is dedicated to its member organizations and all the constituencies they serve in developing and supporting diverse, inclusive, and equitable environments in libraries and archives, inclusive of service, collections, and our workforce.

Site selection for the Library Assessment Conference occurs approximately two years in advance of the next event. In the case of the 2018 conference, ARL called for expressions of interest for libraries to serve as local hosts in 2016. The site host decision was made prior to the ARL Board of Directors changing its policies on site selection for events to ensure that ARL events are held in locations that share our same values.

ARL and the University of Washington Libraries, as co-sponsors of the Library Assessment Conference, an event that draws attendees from around the world, acknowledges that the decision to host the 2018 conference in Houston precludes individuals from attending. We have taken steps to address this by including presentations on diversity, equity, and inclusion topics and video recording presentations for distribution to the community.

Please feel free to contact Sue Baughman and Steve Hiller with any questions or concerns.


Many thanks to our sponsors for their support in building a strong library assessment community.

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Local Info

The 2018 Library Assessment Conference will be held at The Westin Galleria Houston.

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Steering Committee

Steve Hiller

Conference Co-Chair, University of Washington

Sue Baughman

Conference Co-Chair, Association of Research Libraries

Jackie Belanger

University of Washington

Nicole Branch

Santa Clara University

Jeremy Buhler

The University of British Columbia

Martha Kyrillidou

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; QualityMetrics, LLC

Marilyn Myers

University of Houston

Megan Oakleaf

Syracuse University

Angela Pappalardo

Association of Research Libraries

Jennifer Paustenbaugh

ARL Assessment Committee Past Chair 2015–2018; Brigham Young University

Frankie Wilson

University of Oxford

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For more information about the conference, please contact us.

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Past Conferences

Proceedings and schedules are available for all past conferences, from 2006 to 2016.

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Conference Hosts

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 125 research libraries in the US and Canada. ARL’s mission is to influence the changing environment of scholarly communication and the public policies that affect research libraries and the diverse communities they serve. ARL pursues this mission by advancing the goals of its member research libraries, providing leadership in public and information policy to the scholarly and higher education communities, fostering the exchange of ideas and expertise, facilitating the emergence of new roles for research libraries, and shaping a future environment that leverages its interests with those of allied organizations. ARL is on the web at ARL.org.

The University of Washington (UW) Libraries, located in Seattle, is the largest library in the Pacific Northwest. The UW Libraries is well-known for its innovative programs and services in assessment, organizational development, user spaces, and institutional collaboration. Its print and digital collections support world-class research and scholarship in such areas as health sciences, environmental sciences, area and language studies, and the Pacific Northwest. UW Libraries is on the web at http://www.lib.washington.edu/.

The University of Houston Libraries advances student success, knowledge creation and preservation, and globally competitive research. UH Libraries comprises the MD Anderson Library; the William R. Jenkins Architecture, Design, and Art Library; the Health Sciences Library; and the Music Library, providing high-impact collections, spaces, and tools that spark opportunities for transformational learning, discovery, and scholarship.

The Texas A&M University Libraries, located in College Station, serve 67,000 students, 3,700 instructional faculty, and 19 colleges and schools. The Libraries are driven by: information literacy programs to support University strategic missions, digitization and conservation efforts to protect collections, scholarly communications programs to enhance scholarly visibility, open access projects to reduce student costs, and re-imagining of library spaces to invite collaboration.