May 18, 2022

Webcast Recording: “Libraries and Learning Analytics: Facts, False Choices, and Future Forays”

The ACRL University Library Section Professional Development Committee (PDC) webinar, “Libraries and Learning Analytics: Facts, False Choices, and Future Forays” was recorded on November 15, 2021.

A recording was shared on YouTube today.


Megan Oakleaf
Syracuse University

Ken Varnum
University of Michigan

Becky Croxton
UNC Charlotte


Learning analytics offers a new tool in the library assessment toolbox, one that closes gaps left by other assessment methods but also raises myriad questions for librarians. As higher education institutions expand their learning analytics initiatives, librarians need to prepare to participate in learning analytics as campus partners. Librarians should be aware of current definitions and common deployment models for institutional learning analytics, understand the purposes and pitfalls of learning analytics as an approach to support student learning, and develop a plan for learning analytics engagement that fits their values as well as institutional and library needs. To advance this work, librarians need to know the facts, avoid fa lse choices, and plan for deep engagement. This panel will include introductory content defining learning analytics from a higher education perspective, outlining the purposes of learning analytics as an assessment approach in support of student success, and describing “false choices” that often derail discussions of learning analytics in the library community.

About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.