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In 1994 when the Library embarked on its “quality journey,” AUQA had not been established. The desire to be audited or evaluated against recognised standards, however, was important to the Library then and remains important today. Although library services are included in an AUQA audit, given the scope and complexity of universities’ core purposes, teaching, research and learning, audit schedules generally do not permit a detailed investigation of the library and other supporting elements of the university.
Thirdly, how the indicators and measures identified for benchmarking success would be monitored and evaluated was determined. Lastly, following evaluation and analysis of benchmarking projects, how results would be incorporated into future planning was established. The process outlined in the previous paragraph illustrates the Approach, Deployment, Results, Improvement cycle which the ABEF has developed to guide the design of systems and processes, see Table III. Known as ADRI, the cycle is also used as an assessment matrix for award applicants in preparing their submission for an Australian Business Excellence Award and in the subsequent evaluation visit.
As described in McGregor (2003, p. 8), “All staff received extensive inhouse training in quality tools and techniques and participated in selfassessment exercises and numerous surveys. Most importantly, all staff contributed to the development and review of vision, mission, goals, values, performance indicators and measures. Each team was, and remains, responsible for administering and reporting its own measures. ” The importance of a culture of assessment in bringing about change in libraries is discussed by Lakos (2001).