Library Assessment Fair Spring 2018, John Jay College of Criminal Justice

The CUNY Libraries Assessment Committee put together a great morning of presentations & project highlights — it was illuminating to hear what some of my fellow CUNY librarians are up to in their libraries! I’ll share some brief notes, but there’s plenty of useful information available on the CUNY Library Assessment guide.

After a quick introduction from the committee (which also included a nice shout-out to Brooklyn Public Library’s excellent data dashboards), the day kicked off with a presentation on assessing collections. Steve Ovadia, Louise Fluk, and Chris McHale shared their ongoing assessment of LaGuardia Community College Library’s collaborative weeding project. Dealing with outdated or deteriorating books seems like a near-universal library problem, and it was helpful to see some of the specific ways the LGCC librarians addressed different challenges.

Under the “assessing reference” theme, Stephen Zweibel (CUNY Grad Center) gave an overview of his reference desk statistics-keeping application Augur, and Frans Albarillo (Brooklyn College) talked about his assessment of library services focused on library use and behaviors of immigrant students and international students.

The afternoon gave way to a series of short presentations:

  • Christine Kim (Queensborough Community College) shared her research process and the results on Information Literacy and Student Learning Outcomes.
  • Stephen Walker Jennifer Poggiali (Lehman) talked about their stacks inventory pilot project, An Assessment of the Art Monograph Collection at Lehman College.
  • Mark Aaron Polger (College of Staten Island) reported his work on signage design and placement Using Qualitative and Quantitative Assessment Tools to Understand Students’ Perceptions of Library Signage.
  • Maureen Garvey (College of Staten Island) presented her research on flipped classrooms and library one-shots,  recently published as A Collaborative Intervention: Measuring the Impact of a Flipped Classroom Approach on Library One-shots for the Composition Classroom.
  • Mark E. Eaton (Kingsborough Community College) demonstrated SeeCollections: a Data Exploration Tool for Collections of Books and Ebooks, which is opensource and available (cool for anyone else using Primo as a discovery layer!). The process is also available as an article published in the Journal of Web Librarianship.
  • Carlos Arguelles (Kingsborough Community College) shared his work developing an information literacy course for community health programs in Improving the Planning and Teaching of an Integrated Information Literacy Instruction Linked to a Course Assignment.
  • Kerry Falloon (College of Staten Island) talked about fitting ROI analysis concepts into library selection assessment for her presentation on The Evolution of Assessment Data in Making Collection Development Decisions.

It’s always great to see what other people are working on in different library settings, and I’m impressed by a lot of the work happening throughout CUNY to improve library services for our many users!