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Teams Selected for Third Year of ACRL “Assessment in Action” Learning Community

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Apr 282015
 

Assessment in Action LogoACRL has selected 55 institutional teams to participate in the third year of the program Assessment in Action: Academic Libraries and Student Success (AiA). The program is made possible by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and carried out in partnership with the Association for Institutional Research and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities. The teams, representing all types of institutions, come from 24 states, the District of Columbia and Australia. For a list of currently confirmed institutions, see the AiA program webpage.

In their applications each institution identified a team, consisting of a librarian and at least two additional team members as determined by the campus (e.g., faculty member, student affairs representative, institutional researchers or academic administrator). They also identified goals for their action learning projects.

“The top applications were distinguished by a clear connection between the team’s project goals and institutional priorities as well as strong institutional commitment to support the team’s project during the course of the AiA program,” said Lynn Silipigni Connaway, vice chair of ACRL’s Value of Academic Libraries Committee and senior research scientist at OCLC.

The proposed topics for selected institutions include:

  • Does the point-of-need integration of library instructional materials and services into the blended learning environment improve the quality of nontraditional student papers in undergraduate courses with a research component?
  • What is the contribution of the library internship program on student learning and career development?
  • What impact can an enhanced library program based on the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy have in curricular experiments designed to develop knowledge, skills, and habits of mind?
  • How do students’ co-curricular interests (leadership, entrepreneurship, service, etc.) impact the perceived importance or satisfaction with the library’s services, collections, and facility?
  • What is the impact of an information literacy instructional program for students preparing for an experiential learning experience, co-op? What is the perceived application of information literacy skills by both employers and students on co-op, and what is the relationship to student retention?
  • Can we find a correlation with students’ library usage and student success (grades, retention, and completion rates)? What relationships will we find by incorporating library data points (reference interactions, physical space usage, instruction sessions, library research consultations, and collection usage) into the customer relationship management tool currently used by key departments on campus such as advising, financial aid, and student communication?
  • Do students who attend research data services workshops and/or data management classes demonstrate improved knowledge of and practice of effective data management practices following training/instruction? How does students’ work with data, data sets, and/or databases in analog and/or digital form affect their ability to think administratively, critically, pragmatically, and technically about how they use, manage, and store data? How does access and use of collaborative research data infrastructure impact student’s capacity for and effectiveness in working within research teams?

To ensure project results are disseminated to the broader community, each institutional team will submit a final report and each librarian team leader will prepare and deliver a poster at the 2016 ALA Annual Conference. The AiA program, part of ACRL’s Value of Academic Libraries initiative, employs a blended learning environment and a peer-to-peer network over the course of the 14-month long program, which runs from April 2015-June 2016. The librarians will participate as cohort members in a one-year professional development program that includes team-based activities carried out on their campuses. An important component of the AiA program is establishing a learning community where librarian team leaders have the freedom to connect, risk, and learn together.

“The variety of projects and diversity of institutions is inspiring,” said Lisa Hinchliffe, co-lead facilitator in the AiA program and professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. “It is an honor to be working with such dedicated librarian team leaders, and the facilitators are pleased to see the AiA community of practice continue to develop and grow with this third year of participants.”

Strong results from AiA teams are already evident in the January report synthesizing more than 70 projects from the first year with an accompanying executive summary to share broadly with campus stakeholders and a searchable online collection of individual team project descriptions. A second year of AiA is well underway with an additional 70 institutional teams who will be submitting their final reports in June and presenting posters at the ALA Annual Conference in 2015.

AiA is a three-year program, and ACRL will use this third year of the AiA grant to inform how it can best support the community in developing and carrying out assessment projects going forward. The IMLS grant funded the majority of the costs for developing the AiA program and for delivering it the first two years. The third year of the grant marks a transition year to determine if this program is sustainable or if other models better address the needs of the community.

ACRL preconference @ 2015 ALA Annual Conference – Craft Narratives to Engage and Persuade

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Apr 272015
 

Storytelling 101: Craft Narratives to Engage and Persuade
ACRL Preconference @ ALA Annual Conference
San Francisco, CA
Friday, June 26, 2015
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

When was the last time someone changed your mind with a story? We empathize with, persuade, and teach each other using the social tool that is storytelling. Whether you’re a high-powered library administrator headed into an important conference call or a part-time instruction librarian at the head an unfamiliar classroom, humans crave connection and a compelling story can be the difference between connecting deeply with your campus colleagues and patrons or experiencing a total disconnect.

In this hands-on, learner-centered preconference, discover the neuroscience behind why well-told stories resonate with listeners and how that advantage can be translated into educational and work contexts by library professionals. Persuasive storytelling is widely considered to be a powerful tool for leaders in academe and industry, and can be incorporated into many traditional library initiatives, including instruction, management, outreach, advocacy, and development. The goal of this preconference is to introduce this skill to emerging leaders at any location on an institution’s org chart.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn about the science of and methodology employed in storytelling (and its importance and use in the workplace) in order to identify when storytelling is appropriate in a professional context.
  • Outline and structure a narrative using the key elements of crafting a story in order to develop and revise persuasive narratives germane to the task at hand.
  • Collaborate with peers, providing and incorporating feedback into your creative work in order to refine your story and its presentation with reflective practice and determine how audiences may react to your choices.

Presenters

Dan Hickey, Assistant Director of Research & Learning Services for Cornell’s Hospitality, Labor, and Management Library, Cornell University; Chris Miller, Teaching and Learning Services Coordinator for

Cornell’s Hospitality, Labor, and Management Library, Cornell University

Complete details and registration materials are available online.  Contact mconahan@ala.org with questions.

Assessment in Action application extended to March 25, 2015

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Feb 262015
 

Assessment in Action LogoThe application deadline for the ACRL program “Assessment in Action: Academic Libraries and Student Success” (AiA), has been extended to 5 p.m. Central, Wednesday, March 25, 2015.

Explore how your library contributes to student success during this 14-month program, made possible by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and described on the ACRL website. Librarians from the successful applicants will each lead a campus team in developing and implementing an action learning project which examines the impact of the library on student success and contributes to assessment activities on campus. The librarian team leaders will be supported in this work by a professional development program with sequenced learning events and activities at key junctures. The AiA program, a cornerstone of ACRL’s Value of Academic Libraries initiative, employs a blended learning environment and a peer-to-peer network. It is undertaken by ACRL in partnership with the Association for Institutional Research and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities.

Institutions that participated previously in AiA may apply to participate a second time, or institutions applying for the first time may submit two applications for two teams and projects. In the first essay describing the proposed project, they should explain briefly why a second team/project would be helpful to their institution.

ACRL is now offering up to 20 scholarships that would underwrite half of the $1200 registration fee. Scholarships will be awarded to institutions that have demonstrated the strongest commitment to support the team’s project over the course of the AiA program and the clearest connection between the team’s project goals and institutional priorities. On the application form, each applicant will be asked to indicate whether their institution is seeking a scholarship.

ACRL will use this third year of the AiA grant to inform how it can best support the community in developing and carrying out assessment projects going forward. The IMLS grant covered the majority of the costs for developing the AiA program and for delivering it the first two years. The third year of the grant marks a transition year to determine if this program is sustainable or if other models better address the needs of the community.

Learn more about the program in from the recording / presentation slides of an online open forum held February 10 for prospective applicants. Strong results from AiA teams are already evident in the recently released report synthesizing more than 70 projects from the first year with an accompanying executive summary to share broadly with campus stakeholders and a searchable online collection of individual team project descriptions. A second year of AiA is well underway with an additional 70 institutional teams.

Read full details about participating in the third year and apply online by 5 p.m. Central, Wednesday, March 25, 2015. Applicants will be notified of their status by COB Friday, April 17. Contact ACRL Senior Strategist for Special Initiatives Kara Malenfant with questions.

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