Ten NOVA professional faculty librarians recently attended an Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) training session exploring the impact of libraries on student success. The ACRL workshop “Planning, Assessing, and Communicating Library Impact: Putting the Standards for Libraries in Higher Education into Action” was hosted by the Annandale Campus Learning and Technology Resources (LTR) Division led by Dr. Braddlee. Dr. Debra Gilchrist, vice president for learning and student success at Pierce College (WA), presented the program. Dr. Gilchrist, a noted national authority on library assessment, led an exploration of how to assess academic library program impact and quality and also measure library contributions to student learning.
NOVA librarians in attendance included Heather Blicher (ELI), Julie Combs (LO), Kerry Cotter (WO), Elizabeth Dellavedova (AN), Katie Hoskins (AL), Diana Kearney (MEC), Melanie Medina (MA), Nathan Mueller (MA), Kevin Simons (AN), and Kristin Snawder (MEC). Dellavedova, associate library director for the NOVA Annandale Library, said “it was an extraordinary opportunity for NOVA librarians. Assessing library impact on student success always seems a daunting task but this workshop really gave us direction in how this can be done.” The AN LTR would like to thank the LTR deans and provosts on other campuses for allowing faculty to take the time to attend this valuable professional development event.