Using the Association of Research Libraries' SPEC KIT 303 library assessment framework, this study examines and evaluates academic libraries' efforts toward establishing a culture of assessment.
A quantitative questionnaire is employed to collect data. The sample comprises 70 library staff working in eight academic libraries in public and private universities in Kuwait.
The findings document a readiness to create a culture of assessment in Kuwaiti academic libraries, though this was greater in private universities. Resources to develop this culture, such as assessment and analysis methods and the requisite skills and knowledge, are available, but commitment from academic leaders and plans for a shift toward culture of assessment were not evident. Overall, participating academic library staff acknowledged the value of developing a culture of assessment, but this seems not to be an institutional priority
The methodology and findings address gaps in library and information science education and library management on creating a culture of assessment and suggest future research avenues.
Library assessment is a core function of libraries, but guaranteeing the continuity and consistency of related activities requires an organizational culture that facilitates and supports such assessment. While many articles have focused on the requisites for building a culture of assessment in higher education, few, if any, have assessed academic libraries in the cultural context of the Middle East.
Alajmi, B.M. and Kaisar, M. (2020), "Culture of assessment in academic libraries in Kuwait: investigating the current situation and future prospects", Library Management, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/LM-04-2020-0058Download as .RIS
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