draft document on library assessment
- Evaluation points for OM libraries. Draft document
Evaluation of library resources should not impose a rigid uniformity of resources or detailed specific requirements, but should be judged in the light of the stated goals and objectives of the parent institution, in accordance with the evaluative criteria established by the Commission.
The library must be an integral partner in promoting the mission of the institution
The collection and services provided should reflect the institution's teaching/healing focus. Services offered and the nature and size of the collection must reflect the general mission of the institution and style of teaching/research.
Is the library integrated into the governing structure of the institution at all levels? Interdepartmental communication is essential to allow the library to fulfill its function, advance the institutional mission and further information literacy.
Overall physical facilities.
Does the library have sufficient space to accommodate normal use by students, staff and faculty and operating open hours that are sufficient to meet research demands?
Computer and related facilities.
Does the library offer appropriate computer/online services such as:
--internet hardwired computers with printer capabilities.
--Remote 24 hour online access to library resources such as the library catalog and research databases.
The services provided should be sufficient to provide for present needs and allow for future expansion.
Does the library contain sufficient materials of all sorts to support the needs of the institution and meet the institution's stated goals? Is the collection current and does it grow as new requirements are added? Are there other institutions in the area which can provide services and material which the library does not provide? This could be through the use of public libraries or specific consortium-like arrangements. Materials available in the library or from nearby institutions should include all relevant media, including DVDs and audio files.
Is management of the library adequate to account for the collection through software programs which are based either in-house or are internet based?. The system should be robust enough to meet current needs and allow for further expansion.
Users should have access to library holdings and other research aids through computer/internet access.
Is there library sufficient staffing to provide the research services required by the user base and the institution's mission? A professional librarian on staff must be on staff to provide professional guidance provided, unless this guidance is obtainted from volunteer or contract arrangements. Staff members are required to have adequate training for stated tasks, and a training regimen must be provided to upgrade service skills.
Does the library have a variety of resources the tools and materials necessary to provide current awareness and literature competency? Library staff should receive sufficient training to provide guidance in doing research. The library will probably want to use other research facilities such as public or medical libraries to supplement library services.
Information literacy and research
The library must be at the center of advancing the information literacy of students and faculty and enhance research capabilities. Library resources are vital part of the curriculum effectiveness at all levels. There must be in place means to measure the efficacy of literacy programs and mechanisms to augment and/or change existing programs.
Are sufficient funds available to the library to support the abovementioned criteria? Is there overall sufficient support from the institution for library functions?
The library must in general be able to provide presently needed services but also be part of the institution's plans for future development. This requirement encompasses constant in-house evaluation of present facilities, services and software to ensure some flexibility in meeting future needs.