The 2018 Library Assessment Conference convened in Houston, Texas, December 5–7. The University of Houston Libraries and Texas A&M University Libraries served as hosts for the event, working with the conference sponsors on local arrangements and meeting planning.

Presentation slides are now available on the schedule page. The recorded sessions are also forthcoming. Digital files of the posters are available on the poster schedule page. Conference proceedings will become available in spring/summer 2019.


Tuesday, December 4

Pre-conference Workshops
New Attendee Orientation

Wednesday, December 5

Plenary Session I
Concurrent Sessions I and II
Career Achievement Awards
Affinity Sessions
Poster Session I/Reception
Music & Dancing, Trivia

Thursday, December 6

Plenary Session II
Concurrent Sessions III and IV
Poster Session II/Refreshments
Conference Reception

Friday, December 7

Concurrent Session V
Post-conference Workshops

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Poster Schedule

Poster sessions will take place on Wednesday, December 5 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. and Thursday, December 6 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. Poster presenters will be split between both sessions, organized by theme, but all posters will be available to view both days.

A panel of judges will recognize top posters in each theme.

Poster Session I (Wednesday)

Facilities & Spaces
Outreach & Services
Teaching & Learning

Poster Session II (Thursday)

Methods & Data
Organizational Issues

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Pre- and post-conference workshops will be held on Tuesday, December 4 and Friday, December 7. Half-day workshops are $100; full-day workshop is $180.

Tuesday, December 4 (9:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.)

Strategic Service Design for Libraries
Workshop Leader: Paul-Jervis Heath (Modern Human)

Tuesday, December 4 (9:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.)

Library Spaces: Approaches to Needs Assessment and Post-Occupancy Assessment
Workshop Leaders: Joan K. Lippincott (CNI) & Kim Duckett (Duke University Libraries)

Preparing Data for Visualization
Workshop Leader: Maggie Faber (University of Washington Libraries)

Tuesday, December 4 (1:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m.)

Learning Analytics & Academic Libraries: Getting Started, Gaining Traction, Going Forward
Workshop Leader: Megan Oakleaf (Syracuse University iSchool)

Leveraging OpenRefine and APIs to Conduct Large-Scale Collection Analyses
Workshop Leaders: Gabrielle Wiersma & Phil White (University of Colorado Boulder Libraries)

Library Data Visualization with Tableau Public
Workshop Leader: Ebony Magnus (Southern Alberta Institute of Technology Library)

Friday, December 7 (1:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m.)

Creating an Assessment Plan & Data Inventory: Aligning & Managing Metrics of Success
Workshop Leader: Starr Hoffman (University of Nevada, Las Vegas Libraries)

Loud Librarians! Communicating the Impact of Your Library
Workshop Leaders: Selena Killick (The Open University Library) & Frankie Wilson (Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford)


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Practicums and Panels

Practicums and panels will be held on Friday, December 7 from 8:45 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. Pre-registration (at no cost) for practicums is required and space will be limited to 50 people per practicum. To register for a practicum, please visit the conference registration hub. Panels do not require pre-registration.


Assessing Library Skills for the Future: A Toolkit for Success

Practicum Leaders: Kelly Barrick (Director, Science, Engineering, and Social Science Libraries Division at Columbia University); Nisa Bakkalbasi (Associate Director of Assessment & Analytics at Columbia University Libraries); David Woodbury (Department Head of Learning Spaces & Services at North Carolina State University); Jennifer Ferguson (Team Lead for Arts and Humanities at Tisch Library, Tufts University); Elliot Felix (Founder, brightspot strategy); Kelly Sanford (Senior Strategist, brightspot strategy).

Identifying Alternative Measures of Impact: Telling the Story

Practicum Leaders: Holly Mercer (Senior Associate Dean, University Libraries, University of Tennessee) and Lynn Silipigni Connaway, PhD (Director of Library Trends and User Research, OCLC Research)

Critical Information Literacy Instruction: Using Outcomes to Teach and Assess Big Ideas that Matter

Practicum Leaders: Megan Oakleaf and Josh Hughey (Syracuse University)


Human Subject-Based Library Research and Professional Ethics: A Panel Discussion

Moderator: Brian W. Keith (Associate Dean, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida)

ARL Library Impact Framework

Panelists: Sue Baughman (Deputy Executive Director, ARL), Megan Hurst (Co-Founder, CXO + Principal Consultant, Athenaeum21), and Christine Madsen (Co-Founder + Chief Innovation Officer, Athenaeum21)

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Career Awards

The Library Assessment Career Achievement Awards recognize individuals who have made substantial contributions to effective, sustainable, and practical library assessment as evidenced through presentations, publications, methods, service, advocacy, and other work.

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The 2018 conference keynotes are:

Paul-Jervis Heath, founding principal of Modern Human, a design practice and innovation consultancy that helps clients to imagine what’s next

Denise Stephens, Vice Provost and University Librarian, Washington University in St. Louis

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