USF Tampa Library Assessment


Assessment and evaluation need not be done on every outcome every year.
Data collection and analysis takes time.
Changes take time to see results.

Library Assessment Cycle

  • Outcomes established
    • For each Outcome, establish narrower performance criteria that are measurable statements
    • Designate how often each Outcome will be analyzed
  • Assessments established
    • Plan measurement methods
    • Establish measurement methods and collect data
    • Designate who is responsible for measurement methods or data collection
    • Determine what is an acceptable level of "success" for the data 
    • Data collection and measurement methods should be part of regular duties
  • Evaluations conducted
    • Set aside time to compile and analyze the data
    • Designate what group is responsible for analyzing the data
  • Discussion
    • Interpret the data and decide what it means
    • Decide who will discuss - a committee or the entire faculty
  • Make decisions
    • Make decisions regarding the success of the Outcome
      • Make modifications to library curriculum or library services, if necessary
      • Revise Outcomes or assessment plan, if necessary
      • Make no change if that is appropriate
  • Do it again!


Each department/unit in the library should: 

  • Select 1-2 outcomes each year
    • Collect all existing data measures relevant to that outcome.
    • Analyze the individual data measures to find if they met their targets.
  • Pool the assessment findings relevant to the outcome.
  • Interpret, analyze, and discuss the assessment findings.
  • Create an action plan specifying the actions to be used to address the outcome. Multiple actions per outcome are possible.

Remember that assessment is a process of continual refinement.