Assessment in Academic Libraries

Publication Date

January 2015

Document Type



Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research | Library and Information Science


Academic library assessment has a rich history, its roots being traceable to a time when today’s information technologies were beyond the realm of imagination. The field has developed at an accelerating pace for more than 40 years, fueled by scholarly and creative output within and beyond the field of library/information science. Prevailing economic, political, and technological conditions have already thrust assessment into the mainstream of academic library operations around the world, and this trend is unlikely to be reversed. In the past 20 years, advocates for library assessment have developed new venues for intellectual exchange, launching conferences and journals focused on assessment, performance measurement, and evidence based practice. The array of innovations—frameworks, methods, research findings, commercial tools, projects, and standards—has become extensive enough to complicate the diffusion process.