Albert S. Cook Library recognizes the importance of assessment for the ongoing improvement of the Library for the Towson University community. The Library uses assessment measures to determine the changing information and scholarship needs of users, to evaluate how effectively the Library is meeting these needs, and to develop strategic initiatives and performance measures based on these initiatives.Types of assessment used at the Library include:
- A campus-wide survey of library service quality, conducted on a regular basis.
- Evaluation of the Library’s information literacy and outreach programs.
- User-guided improvements to the Library website.
- Analysis of library, database, journal use and program statistics.
- Additional assessment measures, such as focus groups, observation and on-the-spot surveys, as needed for specific purposes.
Assessment continues to play an increasingly important role with performance measures that are aligned with both initiatives and learning outcomes in order to demonstrate the value of the Library, increase our effectiveness, and document accountability to the Library’s stakeholders.
The Assessment Committee works with the Associate University Librarian, who is responsible for library assessment, to fulfill the Library's assessment goals. (committee information)