Nelson and Fernekes's Workshop, October 2007

William Nelson's and Robert Fernekes's workshop

WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 10, 2007 (Do note: this date is in the past)

9:00 AM-4:30 PM

The Louisiana Chapter of ACRL
William Nelson's and Robert Fernekes's workshop

Assessment of Academic Library Effectiveness:
Using the ACRL Standards for Continuous Evaluation

in the LOUIS Offices at Louisiana State University at Baton Rouge

Registration Fees:
ACRL-LA members $75.00
Non-members $90.00.
Out-of-state participants (limited slots) $120.00.

Rates are subsidized through ACRL-LA and generous sponsorships,
and are approximately 50% LESS than the pre-conference rates of ALA or ACRL!

Registration fees include a full breakfast and lunch catered by Jason's Deli, a copy of Standards and Assessment for Academic Libraries: A Workbook, workshop materials, and a carry-all bag.

Why attend?

Academic libraries, and libraries of all types, are being asked to demonstrate their impact upon student and community learning. The speakers will introduce the ACRL Standards for Libraries in Higher Education (2004) as a framework for assessing academic libraries. This workshop will utilize presentation, discussion and small group activity to explore how to effectively incorporate the standards at your library. While the focus of this workshop is on academic libraries, the techniques and processes are applicable to any library who is being asked by funding sources, the community, board members, and others to demonstrate their impact through measurable outcomes.

By participating in this workshop you will:


Become familiar with the ACRL Standards for Academic Libraries.


Learn to utilize commonly collected information such as statistics for internal and peer comparison of inputs and outputs, as well as user satisfaction and service quality data for evaluating the academic library.


Learn to incorporate performance indicators and outcome assessment measures to assess the impact of your librarians and library on student learning.


Begin the evaluation process of your library using forms, worksheets, checklists, and practical examples as a guides.


Apply the principles and techniques of assessment to your own library's mission and goals.


Develop a framework for establishing assessment plans for your institution.

What colleges and universities are facing a SACS review in the near future?

According to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, ( seventeen institutions of higher learning in Louisiana will undergo the re-affirmation process in the next three years:

Baton Rouge Community College, 2009

Bossier Parish Community College, 2008

Centenary, 2008

Delgado Community College, 2008

Dillard University, 2010

Grambling University, 2010

Notre Dame Seminary, 2008

Northwestern State University, 2007

Nunez Community College, 2009

Our Lady of the Holy Cross College, 2007

Our Lady of the Lake, 2009

River Parishes Community College, 2009

Southern University--Baton Rouge, 2010

Southern University--Shreveport, 2010

University of Louisiana, Lafayette, 2010

University of Louisiana, Monroe, 2009

Xavier University, 2010

Who are the workshop presenters?

William N. (Bill) Nelson

Dr. Bill Nelson has been Professor and Library Director at Augusta State University in Georgia since 1993. He received BAs from Centenary College in English and in History. Postgraduate degrees include an MA and a PhD in Latin American Studies and an MLS, all from Louisiana State University. He has served as library director at Mobile College, Carson-Newman College, and Samford University. His research and publication interests include ALA and ACRL standards, SACS accreditation, and the GALILEO Project. He chaired the GALILEO Steering Committee (1996-1998) and served another two-year term on the Committee (2003-2005); he also served two years on the GIL (GALILEO Interconnected Libraries) Steering Committee. He completed a two-year term (2001-2003) as chair of the ACRL Committee on the Status of Academic Librarians and was a member of the Task Force on Academic Library Outcomes Assessment (1997-1998). He was recently appointed Chair of the ACRL Standards and Accreditation Committee; he also chairs the new ACRL Guidelines for Media Resources in Academic Libraries Review Task Force.

Robert W. Fernekes

Dr. Bob Fernekes is an Assistant Professor and Information Services Librarian, Business Specialist, at Georgia Southern University. He is a graduate of the University of San Francisco with a BS in Sociology. Postgraduate degrees include an MLS, an EdS in Library Science, and a PhD in Education from George Peabody College in Tennessee. Upon retirement from the US Army as a communications officer, he served as the User Education Librarian at the University of South Carolina in Aiken and as a Reference Librarian at the Aiken County Public Library. His research and publication interests include linking technologies for connecting students to library resources. He recently completed a term on the ACRL University Library Section (ULS) Standards Committee.

Both presenters served on the ACRL College Libraries Section (CLS) Standards Committee, of which Dr. Nelson was chair. The Standards Committee produced the 2000 edition of the Standards for College Libraries. They both were appointed to the ACRL College and Research Libraries Standards Task Force where the CLS, ULS, and CJCLS sections worked together on a common set of standards for all higher education libraries. The task force produced the ACRL Standards for Libraries in Higher Education, based on the CLS standards. Approved in June 2004, the ACRL Standards is intended to apply to all types of libraries in higher education.