Andrew Asher

Associate Professor and Assessment Librarian

University Libraries
Indiana University-Bloomington



Andrew Asher is the Assessment Librarian at Indiana University Bloomington, where he leads the libraries’ qualitative and quantitative assessment programs and conducts research on the anthropology of information.  Asher’s most recent work examines search and discovery workflows of students and faculty, information fluency development, and the ethical dimensions of library assessment and social science research data. Asher holds a PhD in sociocultural anthropology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and has written and presented widely on using ethnographic methods in academic libraries, including the co-edited volume, College Libraries and Student Culture.

Perry, M. R., Briney, K. A., Goben, A., Asher, A., Jones, K. M. L., Robertshaw, M. B., & Salo D. (2018). SPEC Kit 360: Learning analytics. Washington, DC: Association of Research Libraries.

Asher, Andrew  (2017)  Risk, Benefits, and User Privacy: Evaluating the Ethics of Library Data.  In Protecting Patron Privacy: A LITA Guide. Bobbi Newman & Bonnie Tijerina, Eds. Pp. 43-56. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

Asher, Andrew & Lori Johnke (2013). Curating the Ethnographic Moment.  Archive Journal. 3.

Asher, Andrew & Lori Jahnke (2013).  Dilemmas of Digital Stewardship: Research Ethics and the Problems of Data Sharing. Research Data Management: Principles, Practices, and Prospects. Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR).  Pub. No. 160. Available at

Asher, Andrew, Lori Jahnke & Spencer D.C. Keralis (2012). The Problem of Data.  Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR).  Pub. No. 154. Available at .