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What is Assessment?

Assessment is the process of evaluating a service/event/thing with the intent of continual improvement

Goal setting is the step where you decide what you want measure. 

  • It can be as simple as getting feedback from our patrons
  • Knowing how many reference questions are asked
  • To something complex like – measuring the success of our instruction/workshop

When creating the form - structure the questions in the form that will lead to evaluating the goal(s).

  • Reference - do you want to track the academic departments and/or patron status?

Structure the answers to the questions in language that is common to the staff/user filling out the form.

During the time when you are gathering data, check in periodically to see that the form is being filled in correctly.

Data that is not being gathered or being gathered incorrectly is hard and time consuming to fix later during the reporting phase.

Run Reports:

  • To get an idea of the data you are gathering!
  • To crunch the numbers!
  • To chart the values!
  • To compare data!

Now that we have all this great data – what will you do with it?

  • Assessment is all the steps joined together to improve services (or see if we’re on track)
  • We can export charts as images that are inserted into Word for writing narrative style reports
  • Show the charts at meetings where we decide whether or not to make changes to your procedures or services


  • Data/Reports will show us numbers and text, but the people (library staff) are the ones that analyze the data to see if the goals were met, is there more work to be done?
  • Do we see room for improvement?
  • There are NO wrong or right answers

Want more on the Assessment Spiral?

Check Out Catherin Wehlburg's article “Closing the Feedback Loop is Not Enough: The Assessment Spiral.” Assessment Update: Progress, Trends, and Practices in Higher Education 19.2 (2007): 1-2, 15


Updating from LibAnalytics to LibInsight Lite

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LibInsight has specific dataset types designed to help you analyze every part of your library based on the needs of that area (like databases or NCES stats) and - of course! - the custom dataset options you're used to with LibAnalytics.

LibInsight Lite has all of the updated awesomeness of LibInsight - great reporting, cross dataset analysis, custom dashboards, integration into LibApps so you can jump between any of your Springshare systems with a single login - but only includes the Custom Dataset option.

Current LibAnalytics customers - including those using the free single dataset option - are welcome to update to LibInsight Lite at any time. We also encourage you to consider subscribing to the full version of LibInsight!

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Assessment Spiral


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