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Penn State University Libraries

Library Assessment and Metrics Council

"Numbers are great, but it's what you do with them that counts."


Dean of University Libraries and Scholarly Communications and Associate Deans

Purpose and Scope

Provide leadership for assessment, metrics, and data gathering activities across the University Libraries in promoting assessment.


  • The Libraries’ administration strongly supports using data to help inform the decision making process, and the Libraries’ faculty embrace assessment activities.
  • Resources/Technology needed to support the Council will be prioritized and budgeted for on an annual basis.
  • The committee will collaborate with and integrate the assessment that is currently being done by existing committees.


  • Identify measures for each goal of the Strategic Plan;
  • Compile statistics that are currently maintained and identify/clarify the purpose;
  • Create Web page for easy access to assessment information;
  • Determine and create standard reports and make available on the intranet;
  • Provide an effective means to communicate assessment findings;
  • Compile a list of all the assessment activities conducted within the Libraries for the past 3 years;
  • Monitor national assessment and metrics trends and activities.

Membership: Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of statistical methods, familiarity with quantitative data analysis (i.e., use of SPSS software)
  • Skill in utilizing and designing charts and graphs
  • Ability to automate data collection tasks (i.e., write scripts)
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Effective oral communication and presentation skills
  • Understanding of library systems and data
  • Ability to collaborate with all units of the Libraries


  • Have questions about assessment or data collection? Please visit our FAQ page.

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