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 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).