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TOPIC: From Assessment to Evaluation


  • Assess library collections using a variety of collection- and user-centred techniques
  • Describe and analyze key issues relevant to collections management including discovery, access, preservation, and use
  • Analyze options and apply criteria to the acquisition, selection, de-selection, and maintenance of print, special format and electronic collections




  • Heyck-Merlin, M. (2016). The Together Leader: Get Organized for Your Success and Sanity! A Guide for School-Based, District, and Nonprofit Leaders.  San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
  • Intner, S.S. (2003) Making your collections work for you: Collection evaluation myths & realities, Library Collections, Acquisitions, & Technical Services, 27:3, 339-350,
    DOI: 10.1080/14649055.2003.10765936
  • Johnson, Q. (2016) Moving from analysis to assessment: Strategic assessment of library collections. Journal of Library Administration, 56:4, 488-498,
    DOI: 10.1080/01930826.2016.1157425
  • Matthews, J. R. (2017). The evaluation and measurement of library services, 2nd edition. ABC-CLIO.
    NOTE: First edition (2007) available in IK Barber Library
    Z678.85 .M37 2007


  • Watch Lecture 21: Operations: Measuring Operational Performance from
    Critical Business Skills for Success
    , available from The Great Courses.
    Time = 33:34


  • Lecture = Demonstrating value
  • Lecture = Prioritization process
  • Lecture = Reporting


  • Learning Consolidation
    Activity: So What?
    Logging into the LMS, students complete the following questions solo.
    1. "What takeaways from the lesson will be important to know five years from now?"2. "Why?"