An important purpose of library assessment is to harmonize library operations with a variety of associated initiatives, including library strategic planning, university operations, and broader, extra-university programs like accreditation.
As a member of numerous regional and national library associations, the Smathers Libraries generates a number of institutional reports that are required by some of these organizations. Typically, the reporting frequency is annual.
This page links to external organizations and their associated programs.
Association of Research Libraries (ARL)
Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL)
Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL)
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) -- Principles of Acreditation (Sec. 3.3)
Academic Libraries Survey (ALS)
Ithaka S+R Survey 2013
Ithaka S+R Faculty Surveys (vis ICPSR) "Ithaka S+R is a research and consulting service that helps academic, cultural, and publishing communities in making the transition to the digital environment." Several Ithaka surveys are of particular interest to libraries.