Conducting useful and impactful evaluations and assessments in libraries often starts with needing to understand the distinction between the two concepts. This session will serve as an introduction to evaluation and assessment as concepts, and begin laying the ground work for understanding how to apply both evaluation and assessment to library programming, services, and practices.
Examples of concepts covered will include summative versus formative approaches, the use of conceptual frameworks, and the importance of pre-planning.
Participants will learn to:
• Clearly state the difference between evaluation and assessment, particularly in terms of how they apply to libraries
• Understand how evaluation and assessment impact library programming, services, and practices
• Recognize the usefulness of conceptual frameworks and pre-planning for the success of evaluation and assessment processes
Dr. Kawanna Bright is Assistant Professor of Library Science at East Carolina University. Dr. Bright earned her PhD in Research Methods and Statistics from the University of Denver in 2018. Prior to earning her doctorate, Dr. Bright worked as an academic librarian for twelve years, with a focus on reference, instructional services, and information literacy. She earned her MLIS from the University of Washington iSchool in 2003.
Dr. Bright’s current research focuses on assessment in libraries, equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) in libraries, the application of research methodology to the study of library and information science, and the importance of the liaison librarianship role in academic libraries.
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