Wednesday, October 12th 2022 from 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Conducting useful and impactful evaluations and assessments in libraries often starts with needing to understand the distinction between the two concepts. This webinar will serve as an introduction to evaluation and assessment as concepts, and begin laying the ground work for understanding how to apply both evaluation and assessment to library programming, services, and practices. Concepts covered include summative versus formative approaches, the use of conceptual frameworks, and the importance of pre-planning.
Viewers will learn to:
- Clearly state the difference between evaluation and assessment, particularly in terms of how they apply to libraries
- Understand how evaluation and assessment impact library programming, services, and practices
- Recognize the usefulness of conceptual frameworks and pre-planning for the success of evaluation and assessment processes
See Part 2 of this series here.
About Our Presenter: Dr. Kawanna Bright is Assistant Professor of Library Science at East Carolina University. Dr. Bright earned her PhD in Research Methods and Statistics from the University of Denver in 2018. Prior to earning her doctorate, Dr. Bright worked as an academic librarian for twelve years, with a focus on reference, instructional services, and information literacy. She earned her MLIS from the University of Washington iSchool in 2003.
Dr. Bright’s current research focuses on assessment in libraries, equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) in libraries, the application of research methodology to the study of library and information science, and the importance of the liaison librarianship role in academic libraries. Her work with Dr. Amy VanScoy (University at Buffalo) to investigate the reference and information services experience of librarians of color received a 2014 ALA Diversity Research Grant and was awarded the 2017 Beta Phi Mu-Library Research Round Table Research Paper Award.
Dr. Bright is also a co-PI on a recently funded IMLS grant project that will utilize survival analysis to determine when and why BIPOC librarians are likely to leave the profession. Dr. Bright is a 2021 recipient of an ECU College of Education Profiles in Diversity Award and a 2021 recipient of a 2021 NCLA Round Table for Ethnic Minority Concerns’ LIS Instructor Roadbuilder Award.