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processes for evidence of library involvement in the teaching/learning process. The groups then divided; there were two ses sions for the libraiy directors. In one session, Stan ton Biddle, Baruch College, described the ACRL University Library Standards for the participants. These standards, plus those for college libraries and two-year institutions and information about the Output Measures Manual, were included in the packets distributed. He stressed the change in emphasis from quantitative to
... rom quantitative to qualitative standards and the need to focus on the meaning of numbers, rather than see them as an absolute. All data must be reconciled with the mission, goals and objec tives. He emphasized that the purpose of the site visit is to verify the accuracy of the self-study and to gain a better understanding of the environment. In the other session, Marilyn Lutzker, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, offered an approach for evaluators as they consider bibliographic in struction programs in their site visits. She sug gested they look at the school and weigh the effect of the program on the overall institution. She sug gested four methods to use in the evaluation: the self-study, the library's statement of objectives, the examination of syllabi and course outlines, and discussions with faculty, administrators, and stu dents. Lutzker will prepare an article for CLrRL News on this topic in the near future. Simmons has also accepted an invitation for the Commission to be a mem ber of the ALA-spearheaded National Forum on Information Literacy. The ACRL/BIS Think Tank defines the state-of-the-art and prepares an agenda fo r the future.