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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