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Internal Assessment & Peer Benchmarking in Academic Law Libraries: Home

AALL 2017 Annual Meeting Workshop (W-1) Experts will discuss the theory and practical benefits to internal assessment and peer benchmarking. Then, attendees will be introduced to and use the ALLStAR Benchmarking tool.


Workshop Date & Time

This pre-conference workshop will be held on Saturday July 15, 2017, 9:30am-4:00pm. ‚Äč

About the Workshop

Internal Assessment & Peer Benchmarking In Academic Law Libraries

What do we do with all the data we are collecting in our libraries? Experts will discuss the theory and practical benefits to internal assessment and peer benchmarking. Then, using the ALLStAR Benchmarking tool in this workshop, which includes all ABA, USNWR, ACRL, and ARL data points, and many more, participants will be guided through effective report creation using multiple data point and trend analysis, for internal library assessment and peer benchmarking. Participants will learn proven effective data point combinations and explore relevant factors to one’s own library. Additionally, participants will learn how to use reports for internal library assessment and institutional advocacy for resources, human and capital. Finally, participants will learn how benchmarking also serves to identify best practices in peer institutions, leading to implementation and improvement in their own institutions.

Attendees should bring their own laptops to access the ALLStaR database.
1) Participants will be able to create relevant, multi-point, and complex internal assessment reports showing trends over time that will aid in the allocation of resources and provide justification for resources, both human and financial.
2) Participants will be able to create relevant, complex peer benchmarking reports demonstrating peer allocation of resources (human and financial) and trends over time, which will aid in understanding internal allocation of resources, highlights best practices, and provide justification for resources.
3) Participants will learn best practices in data collection and analysis, including which data points can be valuable tools when combined.


Top 5 Reasons To Check Out ALLStAR

Top Five Reasons you need to check out ALLStAR:

  1. Preloaded data from the ABA , USNWR and ARL Surveys

ALLStAR contains ABA Annual Questionnaire data from 2013-2016, ARL data from 2009-2016 and USNWR data from 2011-2016.

  1. Assists with budget, personnel, collection analysis

ALLStAR helps identify, understand and quantify strengths and weaknesses. It is already helping libraries with budget, personnel and collection analysis. Better understand the drivers of demand on library resources and how they are changing.

  1.  Easy comparison to other law libraries

You can easily compare your library to peer schools. When faced with questions from administration, you can pull the data to quantify your story.

  1. Simple to use

ALLStAR is built on LibPAS technology, developed by Counting Opinions. Data is displayed in easy to read and share reports which include tables, graphs, trends and more.

  1. It's currently free

The project is currently supported by the Yale Law Library and NELLCO Law Library Consortium. A library doesn't have to be a member of NELLCO to participate. It is open to any U.S. academic law library. Each U.S. academic law library director has received their library's password.

To learn more:

Informational webinars and tutorials are available at the NELLCO ALLStAR page:


This workshop will be held at the University of Texas School of Law, Townes Hall.