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. Eligible individuals must be retired from full-time work or have an anticipated retirement date by August 31, 2020.

About the Nominations


The Library Assessment Career Achievement Awards honor individuals based on the following criteria:

  • Substantial contributions to effective, sustainable, and practical library assessment in any type of library or the wider community
  • Evidence of contributions through presentations; publications; development, adoption, and dissemination of novel methods; service to the library assessment community, including advocating for sound decision-making; or other work (consulting, etc.)
  • Retired from full-time work or anticipating retirement by August 31, 2019


Nominations are accepted as 500–1,000 word descriptions of the individual’s contributions to library assessment and how they meet the award criteria using a nomination form.

Additional Information

Each awardee will receive complimentary registration to the 2020 Library Assessment Conference and the conference in future years, and will be reimbursed up to US $1,000 for travel expenses (including two nights lodging) for the 2020 conference.

The Library Assessment Career Achievement Awards are offered in conjunction with the biennial Library Assessment Conference organized by the Association of Research Libraries and the University of Washington. The 2020 awards will be presented at the conference. Information about past awardees is below.

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Past Recipients:


Bill Wilson and Ethel Himmel, Consultants, Himmel & Wilson, Library Consultants
Steve Hiller, Director of Assessment & Planning, University of Washington Libraries


Neal Kaske, Director, Library and Information Services Division, NOAA
Stephen Town, Director of Information and University Librarian, University of York


Brinley Franklin, Vice Provost for University Libraries, University of Connecticut
Fred Heath, Vice Provost and Director, University of Texas Libraries
Jim Self, Director of Library Assessment, University of Virginia Library
Joan Stein, Principal Librarian for Assessment, Marketing, and Training and Head of Access Services, Carnegie Mellon University


Karin De Jager, Teacher and Researcher, University of Cape Town
Sam Kalb, Assessment Coordinator, Queen’s University
Donald W. King, Consultant
Joan Rapp, Executive Director of Libraries, University of Cape Town


Gordon Fretwell, Associate Director of Campus Libraries and Assessment Consultant, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Roswitha Poll, Chief Librarian, Münster University Library
Kendon Stubbs, Associate University Librarian, University of Virginia Library


Amos Lakos, Librarian, UCLA
Shelley Phipps, Assistant Dean for Team and Organization Development, University of Arizona Library
Duane Webster, Executive Director, Association of Research Libraries