On January 22-23, Nancy Fried Foster and Roger Schonfeld are conducting a workshop hosted by John Cabot University in Rome for members of the AMICAL Consortium. The workshop is limited to 14 participants.

Like other academic libraries, AMICAL libraries face budget limitations and cutbacks while also managing shifts in teaching, learning, and communication technologies. In such an environment, it is risky and potentially costly to base plans and decisions on assumptions or guesswork. The alternative, and the topic of this 1.5 day workshop, is to use existing data, supplemented with locally gathered information, to identify needs, develop and select among possible solutions, and conduct ongoing assessment.

The workshop will include:

  • An environmental scan drawn from Ithaka S+R survey and project data, to frame the workshop topics and provide a rationale for making evidence-based decisions
  • Group discussion of strategies for incorporating evidence most effectively into institutional decision-making on workshop topics
  • Tools to use in library planning and decision-making
  • Group discussion of participants’ institution-level data, including what is useful and what is missing
  • Session to begin formulating institutional plans for structuring evidence-based decision-making processes with regard to either space or technology issues

Participants will benefit from this workshop by improving their ability to incorporate evidence into decision-making processes, in general, and by developing the first draft of a project plan for use at the home institution.

For more information about this workshop, please see AMICAL’s website.