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.
Independent learning activities, when coupled with reflection, are effective in providing an orientation to the library in particular and “academic life” in general. After participating in a self-guided library activity and reflecting on the process, students in DePaul’s First Year Experience program are able to articulate how the library can contribute to their success as academic learners.
Q&A with Heather Jagman, Coordinator of Reference, Instruction, and Academic Engagement
Q: What was your greatest challenge during the course of your Assessment in Action project?
A: Participating in the Assessment in Action project helped me overcome my greatest challenge—making time to do assessment. Since I was accountable to my campus team and the AiA librarian cohort, it wasn’t something I could put on the backburner and do “when I had time.”
Q: What is your #1 recommendation for other librarians who want to conduct an assessment project on student learning and success?
A: Reach out to your academic and co-curricular partners! They are interested in what we do, and are also looking for viable assessment projects. See if you can capitalize on something you are already doing together—there’s no need to start from scratch and create some grand new experiment. Libraries are already doing valuable and exciting work, and your partners can help you understand how you contribute to their success and the goals of your institution.
Q: What is the #1 thing you gained through your participation in Assessment in Action?
A: Visibility. Your co-curricular partners want to hear about how the library contributes to student learning and success, and will help you tell your story.