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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!


February 19, 2018

Athenaeum21 is pleased to announce the publication of the article  "Contextualizing library assessment within a broader ecosystem: Proposed models for linking the strategic to the micro" in the most recent issue of Performance Measurement and Metrics. The article is based on the presentation of the same name at the 2017 International Conference on Performance Management in Libraries in Oxford, UK. Between 2015 and 2017, Athenaeum21 co-founders Christine Madsen and Megan Hurst conducted 96 interviews with research library directors and leaders, library assessment practitioners, and academic experts on four continents about library assessment and its current state in their institutions. The research was funded by the Association of Research Libraries and the Mellon Foundation. A portion of the research was conducted in collaboration with University of California, Davis; University of Oxford; and University of Goettingen.

The article shares "the lessons l...

December 5, 2017

Client: The Association of Research Libraries (ARL)
Project: Strategic Visioning and Roadmap Development (2017-18)


The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 125 research libraries in the US and Canada. ARL’s mission is to influence the changing environment of scholarly communication and the public policies that affect research libraries and the diverse communities they serve. ARL pursues this mission by advancing the goals of its member research libraries, providing leadership in public and information policy to the scholarly and higher education communities, fostering the exchange of ideas and expertise, facilitating the emergence of new roles for research libraries, and shaping a future environment that leverages its interests with those of allied organizations.

In 2017, A21 designed and led a large-scale quantitative and qualitative research project to review ARL’s existing library assessment program, services, an...

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.

About the Association of Research Libraries

ARL is a nonprofit organization of...

December 12, 2016

Athenaeum21 is pleased to announce the public release of “Library Assessment Toolkit & Dashboard Scoping Research Final Report and Path Forward." The report is the culmination of a six-month research project in collaboration with the University Library of the University of California, Davis; the Bodleian Libraries of the University of Oxford; and the Staats und Universitätsbibliothek, Göttingen, Germany. The research project examined  how libraries currently assess their resources and services, and areas of opportunity to streamline and visualize library performance through a common and customizable set of key performance indicators (KPIs) and dashboard modules.

The research team interviewed library assessment leaders and practitioners across diverse institutions and geographies, and reviewed the current landscape of technology, tools, and services addressing their needs.

The report concludes that "the majority of library managers approach assessment an...

November 2, 2016

Athenaeum21's Megan Hurst presented "All Your Data Displayed in One Place: Scoping Research for a Library Assessment Dashboard & Toolkit" at the Association of Research Libraries' Library Assessment Conference in Washington, DC, along with Frankie Wilson, Head of Assessment at the Bodleian Libraries, of the University of Oxford.

In January 2016, Athenaeum21 was engaged to lead a multi-institutional, international research and scoping study to define the nature and feasibility of a library assessment executive dashboard and toolkit to enable libraries to centralize diverse collection, usage, administrative, and financial data, and to more easily visualize, analyze, and utilize the data. The study investigated the need and high-level requirements for a toolkit to enable library administrators to utilize commonly shared performance indicators and formulas to create their own dashboards, and the ability to customize indicators and formulas as needed. The i...

 The University Library of the University of California, Davis (UCD), funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, has partnered with Athenaeum21 (A21) on a six-month planning project, towards the creation of an open "research library executive assessment dashboard/toolkit." A dashboard is a uniform display of essential information, presented in such a way that the user (in this case, library leaders) can monitor what’s going on in an instant.


UCD University Librarian MacKenzie Smith explains, “Constant assessment is one of the most important things that libraries can do in these rapidly changing times. We need tools like this dashboard for library