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Duane Webster, Assessment Pioneer


Duane Webster oversaw the Association of Research Libraries' (ARL) Statistics and Measurement Program as it evolved into the Statistics and Assessment Program. During his 20-year tenure as ARL's executive director, Duane was instrumental in the creation of ARL's Web-based Interactive Statistics and played a leadership role in the development of a library assessment tool kit, StatsQUAL, that includes: LibQUAL+™; DigiQUAL®; MINES; ClimateQUAL™, and Effective Sustainable and Practical Library Assessment (ESPA for Libraries). Duane saw assessment as a means of articulating the value that libraries add to a research institution, and a significant part of his career was dedicated to that pursuit.