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December 4, 2018

Attendees at the Library Assessment Conference can find Athenaeum21 (A21) on December 5-7 in Houston, TX at the Westin Galleria Houston.

On Friday, December 7, from 9:45-11:00 AM, Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Deputy Executive Director Sue Baughman and Athenaeum21 co-founders Megan Hurst and Christine Madsen will present an update on ARL's Research Library Impact Framework, one result of the 2017 ARL Assessment Program Visioning Task Force's work. Not attending the conference? You can still follow the trending topics being addressed via the conference Twitter hashtag at #LAC18 on December 10 and 11.

If you are at the conference, or just in the Houston area, and would like to meet up for a complimentary Athenaeum21 consultation on how we can help you get your most important priorities accomplished in 2018 and beyond, contact us here, or send a Twitter direct message to  @A21_US. We would be happy to discuss your needs and our capabilities!


March 23, 2017

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has engaged Athenaeum21 Consulting to collaborate with their Assessment Program Visioning Task Force in the development of a forward-looking program that advances the organizational outcomes of the 21st-century research library. The Task Force is charged to consider all current and potential ARL assessment-related services, including the goals, outcomes, deliverables, staff, and other resources related to the existing metrics and tools. A critical component of the recommendations will be consideration of the types of issues ARL libraries will need to address in their measurement and evaluation program in the context of contemporary movements in higher education. The project will culminate in a report of research findings and recommendations to the ARL Board and membership at the October 2017 ARL Members meeting in Washington, DC.

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December 6, 2015

Client: University of California, Davis
Funder: Mellon Foundation
Collaborators: University of Oxford, UK; Goettingen State and University Library, Germany

In preparation for building out the foundation and infrastructure to support a comprehensive library assessment program, the University Library at the University of California, Davis commissioned A21 to lead a collaborative research study to scope the work required to develop an open library assessment dashboard & toolkit for libraries to aggregate, view, and interact with their diverse data sources across all library operations.


Further Information

December 6, 2015

Clients: University of Oxford e-Research Centre, Bodleian Libraries

In 2015, A21 created a detailed report and recommendations that will define the resource discovery strategy for the University of Oxford’s 100+ libraries and 7 museums for the next 5 years.

A21 led the end-user research and needs assessment portion of the project, and then led the synthesis and analysis of the data across all of the research strands, making the recommendations.

Our work included:

  • A detailed analysis of how current tools and services were failing to meet the needs of students and researchers looking to user collections

  • The scoping of entirely new, non-textual approaches to discovery

  • Identifying and prioritising areas for investment around resource discovery


Further Information

Final Report

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