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CSU-Wide Library Assessment Toolkit

This Toolkit contains resources to help you with library assessment needs for the following 3 areas: Information Literacy, Library Collections, and Space Usage.

Scan the Environment

Doing a thorough literature review should be an organizing principle of your assessment. There is a growing body of literature of assessment efforts in both the CSU and academic libraries that may prove very useful.  Please click on the other tabs for this information. 

In addition, an environmental scan of your own institution is essential as it will help you understand some of the following:


  • What other assessments efforts has the university already undertaken that may influence or add value to the library’s efforts?

  • If your assessment is part of a larger campus effort, who manages the ultimate collation of that larger data set? We strongly advise working with them to ensure your data outcomes and mode of presentation can sync easily with the emerging campus standards.

  • What other campus units play an active part in formulating variables that may impact your data and influence your results (e.g. if assessing library space, understanding the role of dorms, student unions, recreation centers may prove worthwhile)

  • Who on campus might you effectively partner with to do optimal assessment (e.g. facilities for space or a teaching faculty member for information literacy)?