This guide provides an overview of basic assessment terminology, methods, concerns, and ethics. It is an informational guide for those new to assessment or who wish to refresh what they know. The other tabs explore methodology, metrics, and resources in greater detail.
The resources on this guide are organized by level of specificity. Resources that are focused on more specific topic areas will be placed within those areas. For example, a resource on visualizing collection data may be placed under Objects of Assessment > Collections instead of the more broad Methods, Data, Ethics, & Planning > Data Visualization area.
A short list of common assessment terminology:
Common Acronyms Related to Library Assessment
Direct Assessment (Direct examples of the work/results)
Indirect Assessment (Indirect measures that are not direct examples of work)
Formative (Measurements of how a person is learning through a lesson or course)
Summative (Measurements of how much a person has learned through a lesson or course)