2016 Survey of NTLA members

In preparation for our round table meeting at Cross Timbers Library Collaborative conference, I posted a link to a survey on our blog and to our Listserv.  Nine people completed the survey before our meeting and three subsequently completed it after our meeting.  Below are the responses, properly anonymized, of course.

2016 Survey
Run: May-July 2016
12 respondents

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What issues related to assessment have been particularly difficult for you recently?
A group for brainstorming ideas related to assessment.
Ensuring that what we are doing coincides with what the University’s goals and mission is.
Compiling it/ We have had a reduction in force that hasn’t designated as specific staff member for this.
Anything that can show how the library impacts student success.
Translating my assessment to something non-library people value.
Implementing a “dashboard” – we’re using Tableau Public, but we’d like for our library purchase Tableau Professional. / Setting benchmarks of collection quality and/or quantity, even with using OCLC WorldShare CES. /
The many different types of assessment tools used to capture the same information; IPeds; SPOL; Tracdat, in addition to special requests from System for pieces of information.  Such as, “how many minors” passed through the library.
assessing a mentoring program
Lack of budget allocations for purchasing new tools or software for dashboard/analytics, or to have some funds or additional staff/student employee resources for building an assessment program.
not enough time or cooperation from those who need to collect data for me
Deciding on the specific area to address. Narrowing down the objective.
What skills relevant to assessment or evaluation are you most in need of training?
student outcomes, metrics, measures
Trying to represent what we do, as well as possible, both in narrative, statistically and graphically.
Tools, tips and trends.. Assessment on a shoestring
Not sure.
Pre-testing quickly
Data visualization / Computer programming for statistics & visualization / Collaboration & leadership
I like keeping up with what is currently required by SACS.
Creating an organization-wide analytics and dashboard platform.  Will be trying out Springshare LibInsight for a year, in addition to trying to develop the more programming code intensive IBM Cognos platform.
statistical validity
How to more easily navigate the tracdat.
Please describe any ideas for collaboration relevant to any degree to assessment or evaluation that you have considered or about which you have been approached.
demonstrating library value
I would like to partner with other colleges to compare assessment scores across a similar range.  i.e.  all Freshman English classes.
I would like for libraries in the area to share the data about their collections, services, usage, etc. beyond the very broad (and uncertain validity) of the national surveys.  This would require discussions and consensus on definitions, sharing of processes & methods (e.g. calculating # of volumes using the major ILS’s), and eventually technical support (storing the data & developing an interface).  The data could then be used to develop benchmarks, as well as identify potential collaborations in collections development & information literacy training.
Discussions with UNT’s director of assessment about ways to measure student traffic or usage of library spaces.  New opportunity at my institution to apply a people-counting algorithm to all the security cameras throughout the building, a promising idea which I would like to share with others.
comparing to like institutions in the area
How would you like to see the NTLA group structured or organized?
like an association- or subgroup of ACRL assess or ARL assess
I like the current structure
I think it would be best to bring it into another entity for better support like Cross Timbers, HealthLINE, etc…
Having been a part of the organizational structure in the past, I think it works. However, it does take motivation from all team members to make anything happen.
I believe we would be served best by becoming an affinity group under the auspices of the Cross Timbers Library Collaborative.  We would retain relative independence and autonomy, and we could expand our reach beyond historical members.  I suggest we hold our annual “business” meeting at the CTLC conference, and then holding our own conference in winter.
No complaints.  I like that members can volunteer to host the next meeting.
I like the idea of tapping into the broader structure of CTLC so that annual gathering is more automatic and somewhat easier to plan.
group needs a convener and organizing committee to plan meetings
I like the present arrangement.
In what activities would you most likely participate?
training and discussions
Meetings and conferences.  Also the listServ
Speaker, presentation, organized event with topic
Regional meetings, webinars.
Program planning / Presentations / facilitating collaborations
Hosting.  I’m open.
Continued meetings and discussion and sharing of ideas.
Meetings, completing surveys, presenting
What factors would most encourage you to participate in the group?
roundtable discussions and training
Consistent correspondence, to keep me aware and conscious of the group.
More instructive sessions about engaging in assessment
Knowing when the meetings are being held – I’m not sure if I’ve missed any or not.  Another factor – where the meeting is located.  We’re far east, so some of the early starts either means we hit the road at 5 or 6 am or we go the night before which means hotel and meal, so cost also.  Another factor – how much walking do we have to do – problem for me because of some hip, knee, and ankle problems.  Short walks are okay but I sometimes have to stop and rest.
Networking opportunities, research collaboration
interest from others
Continued conversation that allows members to share their assessment activities. /  / Comment on Q8:  Time required for organizing and continuous maintenance is the issue; not that the group is not important.
Sustainable frequency of gathering.  I think moving to the 2x per year format was too much for our small group to sustain.  Once per year seems the right amount.
location and my involvement
Regular updates. A variety of members. Useful information.
Regular google hangouts.
I appreciate the wealth of knowledge the group provides. I think committing to doing sessions would be beneficial to me vs. meetings as peers to discuss more advanced topic areas.
I would hate to see this group dissolve as  the information shared at our meetings is invaluable!
I think we have the potential to develop this group, but most of us are pressed for time.  If we keep the structure simple and the discussion stimulating, then our group has a better chance of being self-sustaining.
I know it’s difficult for the load of managing the group to always fall on the same people, but you have done an excellent job and I would continue to support the group.
Great group!  Special thanks to Karen for her commitment to keeping it rolling.
We have a great time when we get together and learn lots but no one seems to want to take responsibility.   What about asking one of the people who used to do this who I’m told have retired to take it on?

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