LOEX Conference Proceedings 2011

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Evaluating for Excellence: Assessing Library Instruction

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Identifying skill and competency levels of freshman college students can be challenging. Where they are and what they know regarding finding, using, evaluating, and synthesizing information influences what we teach via tutorials, online subject guides, and in-class teaching. This session will discuss why it is important to conduct multiple types of assessment for determining students' skill and competency levels. The presenters will highlight the instruments that make up their library instruction program's multi-layered assessment approach for a first-year introductory composition & communication program and how they are used to inform future planning and teaching efforts. Specifically, the types of assessment instruments, such as pre-/post-testing, student self-evaluation, source use analysis, and feedback mechanisms from librarians and instructors, utilized within the program will be included in the presentation. The presenters will also discuss barriers to implementation of various assessment approaches. A final component of the presentation will be to show how to use gathered data to inform future planning and instructional efforts for a program. In particular, the presenters will address important elements, like determining validity of questions, mapping trends of skill sets and competencies, and applying continual internal self-reflection, to guide the planning, design, and implementation process.