This living document outlines the planned work of the Ryerson University Library and Archives Evaluation and Assessment Committee. This plan is in line with the objectives of the RULA 2014-2019 Strategic Plan, specifically the goal to "Develop a robust assessment framework that will allow the Library to improve spaces, services, and collections through ongoing user consultation and research."
As the Terms of Reference of the Evaluation and Assessment Committee outline, the purpose of library assessment is "to report on Library performance and to provide evidence and context for library priority setting and decision-making." The Assessment plan is intended to be a document that guides and prompts action. As Megan Oakleaf describes it, “Library assessments that do not lead to decisions, actions, and communications with stakeholders are not worth doing" ("Building the Assessment Librarian Guildhall: Criteria and Skills for Quality Assessment"). This plan will guide the action of the Evaluation and Assessment Committee as they prioritize data-collection goals and assessment strategies, and inform library stakeholders of their findings, especially for the purposes of outward communication.
Tenets of the Assessment Plan: