Megan Oakleaf

Dr., Associate Professor, Director of Instructional Quality

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20022018
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Professional Information

Megan Oakleaf is an Associate Professor in the iSchool at Syracuse University where she teaches “Reference and Information Literacy Services” and “Planning, Marketing, and Assessing Library Services.”  Her research interests include library value and impact, outcomes assessment, evidence-based decision making, information literacy instruction, information services, and digital librarianship.  She is the author of the Value of Academic Libraries Comprehensive Report and Review and Academic Library Value: The Impact Starter Kit.  She also serves on the faculty of the ACRL Immersion Program. Megan has presented at numerous conferences, including ALA, ACRL, AAC&U, and AALHE National Conferences, ARL Library Assessment Conferences, the IUPUI Assessment Institute, the NCSU Undergraduate Assessment Symposium, the Texas A&M Assessment Conference, and EDUCAUSE. Megan won the 2011 Ilene F. Rockman Publication of the Year Award, was named to the LIRT Top 20 Instruction Articles four times, was included on the 2010 Reference Research Review List, and was awarded “Best Paper” at the 2007 EBLIP Conference.  She has published articles in JASIST, College & Research Libraries, Journal of Documentation, Communications in Information Literacy, Library Quarterly, and Portal, among other journals.  Megan also has a recurring column on library assessment in the Journal of Academic Librarianship and serves on the editorial boards of Library and Information Science Research, Library Quarterly, and Journal of Academic Librarianship.

Previously, Megan was the Librarian for Instruction and Undergraduate Research at North Carolina State University.  In this role, she designed, implemented, coordinated, and assessed the library instruction program; she also trained fellow librarians in instructional theory and methods.  Megan completed her dissertation entitled, “Assessing Information Literacy Skills: A Rubric Approach,” at the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.   She earned her MLS from Kent State University and also holds a BA in English and Spanish and a BS in English Education and Spanish Education from Miami University.  Prior to a career in librarianship, Megan taught language arts and advanced composition in Ohio public schools, grades 8-12. 

Research Interests

Megan's research interests include library value and impact, outcomes assessment, evidence-based decision making, information literacy instruction, information services, and digital librarianship. 

Education/Academic qualification

Library and Information Science, PhD, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill

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Projects 2008 2018

Research Output 2002 2018

3,000 library users can’t be wrong: Using one open-ended survey question to demonstrate your library’s value

Belanger, J., Faber, M. & Oakleaf, M., 2018, Academic libraries and the academy: Strategies and approaches to demonstrate your value, impact and return on investment.. Chicago, IL: Association of College and Research Libraries

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Academic library value: The impact starter kit

Oakleaf, M., 2018, (Accepted/In press) Chicago, IL: American Library Association.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

Assessing learning with rubrics

Oakleaf, M., 2018, Assessing learning with rubrics. In research methods for librarians and educators: Practical applications in formal and informal learning environments. ABC-CLIO

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

The value of academic libraries for community colleges

Oakleaf, M., Mar 2018.

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Press and Media

Data and Decisions at EDUCAUSE

Megan Oakleaf

12/5/17

1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Communicating the value of the academic library

Megan Oakleaf

9/7/179/12/17

3 items of media coverage

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United States : Communicating the value of the academic library

Megan Oakleaf

9/9/17

1 item of media coverage

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COMMUNICATING THE VALUE OF THE ACADEMIC LIBRARY

Megan Oakleaf

9/7/17

1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment