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Librarians are increasingly expected to assist users in evaluating the information they receive. 10 These standards also provide guidance on the relationships between library planning and assessment: Outcomes assessment measures how and what library goals and objectives achieve, provides accountability for student achievement, and serves as a mechanism for improving library practices. 11 ACRL also released Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education in 2000. The standards define information literacy thus: [Information literacy is] a set of abilities requiring individuals to recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information.
Bragging about a high pass rate does nothing to improve the program. , determining why students failed) and taking steps to correct any problems identified. Design one or two final exam questions to capture cumulative learning in the major and provide an in-depth assessment. See chapters 6 and 8 of this book for an amplification of these and other techniques. Concordia College Recognizing that academic departments and faculty may not want to review a vast number of assessment planning documents, Concordia College (Moorhead, Minnesota) developed Assessment for People Who Don’t Have Enough Time to Do Assessment.
This high level of use suggests that the Sawyer Library has made it convenient to use library resources from home. ” That is, hang out at home with the family. Then, once the children are in bed, log onto the library and do your course research work. By providing the proxy server, we are “changing” students’ lives by enabling them to be at home for family hour and then access the library to do their work without leaving home. However, this measure is indirect because there could be commitments other than family time; the life change is temporary (it only lasts for as long as they are students with access to the proxy server); and the proxy server is a means to the end, not the end in itself.
An Action Plan for Outcomes Assessment in Your Library by Peter Hernon