Assessment in Academic Libraries

Smith, G. A. (2015). Assessment in academic libraries. In M. Khosrow-Pour (Ed.), Encyclopedia of information science and technology (3rd ed., Vol. 7, pp. 4823–4832). Hershey, PA: IGI Global. doi:10.4018/978-1-4666-5888-2.ch474

This reference entry provides a brief overview of the history of academic library assessment; surveys recent trends in the field; and facilitates further inquiry through identification of critical issues, key sources, and opportunities for networking. Content is arranged under the following headings:

  • Introduction

  • Background

  • Trends in Library Assessment

    • Higher Expectations, Financial Challenges

    • Value and Impact

    • Expansion and Diversification of Assessment Activities

    • Vendor-Supplied Services

  • Future Research Directions

  • Conclusion

  • References

  • Additional Readings

  • Key Terms and Definitions

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