“Assessment in Action” Project Posters at ALA Annual Conference

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Jun 182015

Assessment in Action LogoComing to the ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco? Be sure to see assessment project posters presented by the second year participants in ACRL’s program “Assessment in Action: Academic Libraries and Student Success”(AiA). Librarian-led teams carried out assessment projects over 14 months at their community colleges, colleges and universities. The projects examined the impact of the library (instruction, reference, collections, space, and more) on student learning/success. Part of the 64 teams will present posters during each time slot:

Assessment in Action: Second Year Project Posters, Session I
Friday, June 26, 2015, 2-4:00pm
Moscone Convention Center, 3006 (W)

Assessment in Action: Second Year Project Posters, Session II
Saturday, June 27, 2015, 8:30-10:30am
Hilton San Francisco Union Square, Imperial B

Learn more about these assessment projects from the abstracts in the poster guide (pdf). Additionally, teams are submitting online posters and final project reports, which will be analyzed and synthesized in a report released by ACRL later this year. The individual reports and poster images will be available later this summer in a searchable online collection.

ACRL is undertaking AiA in partnership with the Association for Institutional Research and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities. The program, a cornerstone of ACRL’s Value of Academic Libraries initiative, is made possible by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

ALA Annual: Information Literacy as a Core Competency

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Jun 152015

At the Update on Value of Academic Libraries Initiative session at ALA Annual in San Francisco, the Value of Academic Libraries committee will present a case study on including information literacy as a core competency in accreditation standards. Please join us on Sunday, June 28 from 1:00-2:30 p.m. in Moscone Convention Center room 2009.

One of the goals for the Value of Academic Libraries committee has been to raise the profile of libraries in accrediting processes, and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) is an example of an accreditor that has included multiple library-related factors. A description of the session follows.

Information Literacy as a Core Competency: WASC Senior College and University Commission (SCUC) Accreditation Case Study
Discussants Jennifer Fabbi (Library Dean, CSU San Marcos) and Carole Huston (Associate Provost, University of San Diego) will discuss WASC SCUC’s recently updated handbook and its specific inclusion of information literacy as a core competency for student learning. Fabbi will focus on promising campus practices in assessing student learning in information literacy from the “bottom up,” having worked with over 60 WASC campus teams in the past three years. Huston will discuss USD’s engagement in piloting “embedded librarian” models within a core curriculum structure at first-year and advanced levels, providing an on-the-ground account of how WASC’s inclusion of libraries and librarians in its core competency planning has impacted student learning from a campus perspective.

Assessment in Action: How do education majors create lesson plans?

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Jun 092015

The first participants in ACRL’s Assessment in Action program presented results from their projects at poster sessions at ALA Annual in Las Vegas, and their results are also being disseminated in library publications and conference presentations. We’ re thrilled to see more value-related research making its way into the world, and will be featuring synopses of projects and a brief Q&A with team leaders here at the Value blog over the next year. You can also read full descriptive reports for this and other AiA projects, along with a synthesis of all the first year AiA projects

Education majors use Danielson’s Four Domains of Professional Practice as a framework for their lesson plans

Education faculty members and librarians at Elizabethtown College collaborated to explore the following inquiry question: How do education majors apply standard 3 of the ACRL information literacy standards to meet Domain 1 of Danielson’s Four Domains of Professional Practice in the creation of their lesson plans? After mapping these standards and creating a rubric to assess lesson plans, the AiA team scored lesson plans of recent college alums found in public e-portfolios and developed a survey sent to all senior education majors. Elizabethtown College encourages faculty to utilize e-portfolio software (Digication) to showcase “real-world learning,” one of the college’s strategic goals. By tying institutional goals to departmental and library goals, librarians have the opportunity to enhance student success and demonstrate the library’s value to the curriculum.

Elizabeth Young, Head of Readers' Services at Elizabethtown College

Elizabeth Young Miller, Head of Readers’ Services at Elizabethtown College

Q&A with Elizabeth Young Miller of High Library, Elizabethtown College

Q: What was your greatest challenge during the course of your Assessment in Action project?

A: Creating buy-in from others for the project proved quite challenging at times; this was largely due to changes in personnel over the course of the project.  As a result, I became creative and flexible, developing new partnerships.  In the end, it all worked out.

Q: What is your #1 recommendation for other librarians who want to conduct an assessment project on learning and success?

A: Before embarking on a large scale assessment project, I highly recommend choosing your partners wisely.  Collaborating with a department that you have successfully worked with before, that you know is dedicated to student success, and that is committed to the project at hand will make for a more meaningful project, worthy of your time and energy.

Q: What is the #1 thing you gained through your participation in Assessment in Action?

A: My confidence level for working on assessment projects has soared as a result of participating in Assessment in Action (AiA).  As part of the project, our team designed a rubric and survey.  Not only did I collect feedback from colleagues at my institution, but also from AiA cohort members.  I received valuable training on analyzing data, which I was able to put into practice.  All of these experiences have made me feel more comfortable designing assessment metrics, which I have done since the completion of the AiA project.

For more information on Elizabethtown College’s AiA Project, check out the following LibGuide (http://libraryguides.etown.edu/aiaproject).

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