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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 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 administrators to centralize their view into all the available data, to take full advantage of it and learn more from each other.”


Dashboards are common in certain industries, such as healthcare and information technology, but have yet to significantly contribute to research library performance and manageme...

January 5, 2016

Happy New Year from Athenaeum21!


We are looking forward to discussing digital strategy, assessment, and user experience with our library and publishing colleagues at the American Library Association Mid-Winter Conference in Boston this week.


We can help make 2016 your organization's best year yet.


Let's make it happen!


Contact us if you'd like to meet up at the conference. We know some of the best spots in Boston, and would love to show you around!





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