The 2018 Library Assessment Conference will convene in Houston, Texas, December 5–7. The University of Houston Libraries and Texas A&M University Libraries will serve as hosts for the event, working with the conference sponsors on local arrangements and meeting planning.


Pre- and post-conference workshops will be held on Tuesday, December 4 and Friday, December 7. Half-day workshops are $100; full-day workshop is $180.

Tuesday, December 4 (9:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.)

Strategic Service Design for Libraries
Workshop Leader: Paul-Jervis Heath (Modern Human)

Tuesday, December 4 (9:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.)

Library Spaces: Approaches to Needs Assessment and Post-Occupancy Assessment
Workshop Leaders: Joan K. Lippincott (CNI) & Kim Duckett (Duke University Libraries)

Preparing Data for Visualization
Workshop Leader: Maggie Faber (University of Washington Libraries)

Tuesday, December 4 (1:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m.)

Learning Analytics & Academic Libraries: Getting Started, Gaining Traction, Going Forward
Workshop Leader: Megan Oakleaf (Syracuse University iSchool)

Leveraging OpenRefine and APIs to Conduct Large-Scale Collection Analyses
Workshop Leaders: Gabrielle Wiersma & Phil White (University of Colorado Boulder Libraries)

Library Data Visualization with Tableau Public
Workshop Leader: Ebony Magnus (Southern Alberta Institute of Technology Library)

Friday, December 7 (1:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m.)

Creating an Assessment Plan & Data Inventory: Aligning & Managing Metrics of Success
Workshop Leader: Starr Hoffman (University of Nevada, Las Vegas Libraries)

Loud Librarians! Communicating the Impact of Your Library
Workshop Leaders: Selena Killick (The Open University Library) & Frankie Wilson (Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford)


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Tuesday, December 4

Pre-conference Workshops
New Attendee Orientation

Wednesday, December 5

Plenary Session I
Concurrent Sessions I and II
Career Achievement Awards
Affinity Sessions
Poster Session/Reception

Thursday, December 6

Plenary Session II
Concurrent Sessions III and IV
Conference Reception

Friday, December 7

Concurrent Session V
Post-conference Workshops

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Practicums and Panels

Practicums and panels will be held on Friday, December 7 from 8:45 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. Pre-registration (at no cost) for practicums is required and space will be limited to 50 people per practicum. To register for a practicum, please visit the conference registration hub. Panels do not require pre-registration.

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Career Awards

The Library Assessment Career Achievement Awards recognize individuals who have made substantial contributions to effective, sustainable, and practical library assessment as evidenced through presentations, publications, methods, service, advocacy, and other work.

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The 2018 conference keynote is Paul-Jervis Heath, founding principal of Modern Human, a design practice and innovation consultancy that helps clients to imagine what’s next.

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