USF Tampa Library Assessment

Frequently Asked Questions

Q:  Should I submit a Assessment Planning Form if I am assessing the efficacy of my job performance or my personal research? (e.g. instruction assessment for the classes I teach, impact of a new work process I initiated)
A:  That depends. If it involves a programmatic assessment of a library service, program, and initiative, then it may be useful to communicate your findings. If it is simply a personal reflection, then probably not.

Q:  Should I submit an Assessment Planning Form if I am conducting personal research related to libraries in general?
A:  No, the USF Libraries Assessment committee is involved in the tracking and oversight of assessment activities related to USF Libraries services only.

Q: Do I need to consult my departmental assessment oversight group before submitting my assessment project to the USF Libraries Assessment Committee via the Assessment Planning Form?
A:  Yes, you should consult with and get guidance from your department’s assessment oversight group before you finalize your assessment plan and submit it via the Assessment Planning Form.

Q: What if my department does not have an assessment oversight group?
A: Consider consulting with your supervisor and/or colleagues.

Q: Does an assessment project need to be a departmental project?
A: It is best if your department is aware of what you are assessing for the following reasons:

  • To be sure your assessment activities are not duplicated
  • To coordinate assessment activities if applicable

Q: Do I have to include my data in the reporting form?
A: No, the reporting form is simply a summary of the assessment. You may attach reports, dates or other files if you wish, but they are not required

Q: Does my assessment require that I submit an IRB application?
A: That depends on whether there are human subjects involved. Visit the Research Integrity and Compliance section of the Best Practices and Tools page for more information. You can contact the Office of Research Helpdesk if you have questions