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Canadian Association of Research Libraries

CFP: Canadian Library Assessment Workshop

March 30, 2017

The Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL), the University of Victoria Libraries, and the program planning committee would like to invite proposals for the 2017 Canadian Library Assessment Workshop.

CARL is committed to supporting and developing outcomes-based measures to assist libraries in moving beyond inputs and outputs in order to better demonstrate library impact on research, teaching and learning. Through CLAW, we hope to provide attendees with a variety of practical workshops that will give them effective methods and techniques to bring into their everyday assessment practice.

At this time, we invite the submission of proposals for:

  1. Workshop sessions between 60 and 90 minutes in length
  2. A poster session

Workshop Sessions

Programming Topics

Proposals for practical workshops in any area of library assessment are invited. If a proposal deals with technology, the programming committee will prioritize workshop sessions dealing with openly available or inexpensive technology. Of particular interest to programming committee members are proposals in any of the following areas:

  • Assessment of library spaces
  • Qualitative assessment techniques
  • Assessment of front line services
  • User experience assessment methods
  • Assessment of library websites
  • Metrics for institutional repositories
  • Organizational assessment
  • Assessing programs (teaching and learning, promotional programs, etc.)
  • Mixed methods assessment
  • Organizing and communicating assessment
  • Making use of institutional data
  • Collection development

Proposal Format

  • Submitted proposals should include a summary of workshop outcomes, technology needs, expected participant assessment skill level, and contain a brief bio of approximately 250 words from the presenter describing their experience delivering workshops.
  • Proposals should be in either Word document or PDF format.

Additional Information

  • Workshop facilitators will receive free registration to CLAW.
  • CARL may be able to provide limited funding to help support the travel of workshop facilitators, based on an assessment of need.

Poster Session

Posters should display case study information on assessment initiatives you have undertaken in your library. Case studies of any type of assessment work are invited.

  • Poster proposals should include a brief summary of the case study conducted.
  • Completed posters can be created using any medium you choose, although the submitter must supply any necessary materials needed to display non-standard (not self-supporting) poster formats.

Proposal Submission

To submit a proposal, please email your documents to Shahira Khair at CARL ( with the subject heading “CLAW Proposal 2017”. The submission deadline is April 21st 2017.

Submissions will be evaluated and applicants will be notified of the program committee decision by May 26th, 2017.


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