On March 19, 2015, Nancy Fried Foster is offering a workshop on “Assessment in Focus.” The Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO) and ACRL’s New York Metropolitan Area Chapter are co-sponsoring the event, which is open to registration from both members and non-members.

Librarians have used gate counts and head counts for years to understand the use of their spaces and resources. These counts can be even more helpful with only modest investments in time and training. Indeed, conducting observations is one of the quickest and most cost-effective ways to get a better of sense of what people really do in libraries and how library and archives staff can provide even better facilities and services.

This interactive workshop begins with a group activity to sensitize participants to their environment, the people within it, and the ways that people interact with each other and with the things that surround them. After a review of some key concepts, workshop participants will conduct observations in an academic library. The workshop concludes with a review of findings and implications and a discussion of how to implement what was learned in the workshop.

To register for the workshop, please visit METRO’s website.

When: March 19, 2015 from 1:00 pm-5:00 pm

Where: METRO Training Center

57 East 11th Street, 4th Floor

New York, NY 10003