Becker Libraries Chosen for Competitive Academic Program

Published on Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

Becker College is among 73 institutions—and one of only two from Massachusetts—selected by the Association of College and Resource Libraries (ACRL) Value of Academic Libraries Committee to participate in the second year of its competitive interdisciplinary program Assessment in Action: Academic Libraries and Student Success. The teams, representing all types of institutions, come from 34 states and one Canadian province.

“It is a tremendous honor and opportunity for Becker to be chosen to participate in this program,” said Garrett Eastman, director of Libraries at Becker College.  “Our team’s project presents the chance to evaluate the Library’s role in student achievement of information literacy, a college-wide learning outcome, and use the data towards continuous improvement of services to our students. We are looking forward to working with the other great institutions in the Assessment in Action (AiA) learning community as we all work towards the goal of developing best practices, delivering value for our institutions and contributing to student success.”

The (AiA) program, part of ACRL’s Value of Academic Libraries initiative, employs a blended learning environment and a peer-to-peer network over the course of the 14-month long program, which runs from April 2014-June 2015. The teams will participate as cohort members in a one-year professional development program that includes team-based activities carried out on their campuses. An important component of the AiA program is establishing a learning community where librarian team leaders have the freedom to connect, risk, and learn together.

In addition to identifying goals for the action learning project, each institution was required to identify a team—consisting of a librarian and at least two additional team members. The Becker College team will be led by Pamela Graham as librarian team leader, along with Eastman, and faculty members Maria Calkins, Ed.D., and Daryl Statkus, M.A.

“We, as a team, are so grateful for the opportunity to work with other institutions in a learning community,” said Graham, reference and instruction coordinator at Becker. “It is both an honor and a privilege to be chosen.  I look forward to learning from this unique experience, and sharing it with the Becker community.”

To ensure project results are disseminated to the broader community, each institutional team will submit a final report and each librarian team leader will prepare and deliver a poster at the 2015 ALA Annual Conference. AiA, made possible by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, is carried out in partnership with the Association for Institutional Research and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities.