RE: [ccaomlcaom] accreditation document- consideration for chicago meeting
As an institution that is currently working through our ACAOM Self-Study.... ;-) This would have been great if most of it was in place.
Be careful about stating specifics. For example, don’t state that we should have hard-wired computers. Libraries should provide computers with Internet access, word processing and other software applications. Stating specifics instead of generalities makes it difficult to move forward.
I suggest combining the section titled Research with the section titled Information Literacy and Research. Basically they say the same thing.
I suggest eliminating the section titled Compliance With Federal Regulations. This really isn’t about libraries at all. The items listed here should be institution-wide policies, not only for the library. Maybe review the entire document again to make sure statements within apply directly to libraries?
And, you already know my feelings about 1. number of physical texts relevant to the program and 6. journal collection appropriate for goals of program - please don’t. The section titled The Collection is great - “sufficient materials of all sorts ....: As long as students/faculty/staff are able to get the article(s) needed in a timely fashion, that’s what matters. What if a library chooses to only pay for articles used? Some libraries are contemplating ceasing most or all journal subscriptions and getting the necessary articles through interlibrary loan or directly from the publisher. Why pay $1000 per year for a subscription if only 3 articles are used? (But that’s a topic for another day!)
A lot of work went into this. Thank you to all who did so.
Bethyn A. Boni, M.L.S., Library Director
New York Chiropractic College
2360 State Route 89
Seneca Falls, New York 13148
voice: (315) 568-3252 fax: (315) 568-3119
From David Sales:
Attachedis a draft of recommended guidelines regarding the evaluation of AOM librarieson ACAOM site visits. These guidelines have been developed by a jointcollaboration within subcommittees of the Council's Libraries Committeeand the Accreditation Committee, as of March 15, 2012. It is expected thatthese guidelines will be presented to the Core Curriculum Committee for its considerationat the Council's upcoming meeting in Chicago. It would be desirable,however, to provide the member colleges with an opportunity for feedback beforethe Chicago meeting so that if the Core Curriculum Committee, and then the fullCouncil, approves the guidelines at the Chicago meeting as a formal recommendationto ACAOM, the guidelines will have received as much feedback as possible fromwithin the Council. You may wish to include the AOM librarian at your school indeveloping your feedback.
Evaluation points for assessing
When the CCAOM Accreditation Committee met in Baltimore on May 11, 2011, the
committee recommended that the Libraries of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine Committee
(Libraries Committee) develop recommendations for guidelines/outcomes concerning
ACAOM's site visits of AOM libraries. The guidelines below reflect a joint collaboration within
subcommittees of the Libraries Committee and the Accreditation Committee respectively, as of
March 15, 2012.
Evaluation of library resources should not impose a rigid uniformity of resources or
overly specific requirements, but should be judged in light of the stated goals and objectives of
the parent institution, in accordance with the evaluative criteria established by the Commission.
Adequacy of learning resources is based on the assessment by the institutional community of
the library's capability to support the specific mission and educational goals of the institution.
Annual library evaluation by the institutional faculty and students shall provide at a minimum
assessment data on the adequacy of the following:
1. number of physical texts relevant to the program
2. physical space available for study
3. hours of operation
4. computer resources and online databases
5. library organization
6. journal collection appropriate for goals of program
7. professional assistance for library users.
This survey shall also include opportunities for the community to provide
recommendations for library development. This data, along with the annual inventory of library
holdings and data on library usage congruent with the school's educational objectives, is used to
demonstrate that learning resources are sufficient to support the mission of the institution.
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, the style of teaching/research, and healing modalities employed.
Draft Document (07.14.11, Rev. 03.15.12)
The library should be 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. Collaboration between
library staff and college faculty is an important part of reinforcing what is being taught in the
curriculum. Library instructions must give students the knowledge, skills, and tools to obtain
valid and recent information in any format to foster library research skills. A flow chart showing
the library's place in the organizational set-up should be provided.
Overall Physical Facilities
The library should 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
The library should offer appropriate computer/online services such as:
1. Internet hardwired computers with printer capabilities
4. Remote 24-hour online access to library resources, such as the library catalog and
The services provided should be sufficient to provide for present needs and allow for future
The library should have sufficient materials of all sorts to support the needs of the
institution and meet the institution's stated goals. The collection should be current and able to
grow as new requirements are added. If there are certain services and materials that the library
does not provide, the library should identify other institutions that can augment library services
and materials, such as a public library or nearby medical research facility. The library should
seek free or cooperative arrangements with such entities. Materials available in the library or
from nearby institutions should include all relevant media, including DVDs and audio files.
Adequacy of the collection should be validated using recognized assessment tools.
The library should have adequate management of 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.
The library should have sufficient staffing to provide the research services required
by the user base and the institution's mission. A professional librarian must be on staff to
provide professional guidance, unless this guidance is obtained through 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.
The library should have a variety of resources, tools, and materials necessary to provide
current awareness and literature competency. Library staff should receive sufficient training to
provide guidance in doing research. As needed, the library should 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 enhancing research capabilities. Library resources are a vital part of the curriculum
effectiveness at all levels. There must be in place a means to measure the efficacy of literacy
programs and mechanisms to augment and/or change existing programs.
The library should receive sufficient funding to support the abovementioned criteria and
there should be 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 inhouse
evaluation of present facilities, services, and software to ensure some flexibility in meeting
Compliance with Federal Regulations.
The library should be in compliance with relevant federal regulations, such as ADA
requirements and adherence to copyright conventions.
this will be an item on the agenda for chicago in april. a betterformattedcopy will be available in the files section soon.