Christina E. Dent  Emerson College

Christina E. Dent

The ACRL Value in Academic Libraries team asked recent participants in the Assessment in Action program to reflect on their work and we were simply floored by the generous responses.

Following is a reflection by Christina E. Dent, Instruction Librarian at Iwasaki Library, Emerson College. Christina’s primary research question was: Does librarian involvement in first-year writing classes impact student achievement and research skills?

1. What was your greatest challenge during the course of your Assessment in Action project?

My greatest challenge was probably just getting started and having confidence in myself to leave the team. I’m not a statistics person, so I never saw myself as someone who could run a project like this. But I had great statistics people on my team who helped me achieve the project vision.

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

Don’t reinvent the wheel. You’d be surprised how much information and data you already have that you can build upon for a larger scale project. Also, we had a lot of success with our project because we decided to work with a program–first-year writing–with whom we already had a great working relationship.  Start with partners you already have and see if you can expand the scope of your assessment with them.

3. What is the #1 thing you gained through your participation in Assessment in Action?

My main insight may seem anticlimactic, but I was/am surprised that my team was able to do such a large scale project at all.  I found the very idea daunting at first and wasn’t sure how I would pull it off.  But large projects are just like small projects with more steps.  They come together is the same way as any project–with planning and working with a strong, passionate team.

 
Jess Burkhardt, Public Services Librarian at DeSales University

Jess Burkhardt, Public Services Librarian at DeSales University

The ACRL Value in Academic Libraries team asked recent participants in the Assessment in Action program to reflect on their work and we and we continue to be thankful for the generous responses of AiA participants.

Following is a reflection by Jess Burkhardt, Public Services Librarian at DeSales University Trexler Library on her project: Is video instruction or traditional, face-to-face instruction more effective for teaching Searching as Strategic Exploration to DeSales ACCESS students?

  1. What was your greatest challenge during the course of your Assessment in Action project?

Since DeSales University is small, our greatest challenge was designing a research project that established enough controls to generate data that revealed true correlation. Our post-traditional undergraduate classes are taught in the evenings and the class sizes are very small. We still broke each class into two groups so that there was a control group (one-shot instruction taught in-person), but unfortunately there was still a bit of variety in the classes to which we gained access and our sample size was too small to determine statistical significance. After a pilot iteration we revised and repeated our project.

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

I recommend that everyone who wants to conduct an assessment project displays the same level of perseverance we encourage our students to display in their research endeavors. Break your project into steps, repeat as necessary, and follow through to the end (sharing with stakeholders/your campus).

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

My participation in Assessment in Action provided me with the confidence to pursue assessment projects in the future and the joy of sharing the results with my campus. Faculty and administration provided a great deal of positive feedback and encouraged me to do more assessment in the future. We are continuing our study. It’s nice to be able to know that our services are meeting student needs!

 

 

Share the VAL – Orlando 2016

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Jun 292016
 

ALA Annual in Orlando was another great opportunity for members of the Value of Academic Libraries Committee (VAL), Assessment in Action (AiA) alums as well as facilitators, and many others to discuss the work we’ve been doing and collaborate on ways we can continue to move forward. Established in 2010, VAL is a multifaceted project intended to empower academic librarians with data and methods for demonstrating library value relative to institutional goals and objectives.

One of the key VAL initiatives over the last few years has been AiA. In 2012 ACRL was awarded a three-year National Leadership Demonstration Grant of $249,330 by the Institute of Museum and Library Services for the program. The grant supported the design, implementation and evaluation of a program to strengthen the competencies of librarians in campus leadership and data-informed advocacy. AiA is now wrapping up the final year.

A few photos from the Assessment in Action Project Posters sessions Friday June 24th & Saturday June 25th.

AiA Poster Session - Photo courtesy of Karen Brown

AiA Poster Session – Photo courtesy of Karen Brown

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AiA Poster photo courtesy of Hope Houston

AiA Poster photo courtesy of Hope Houston

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AiA Poster Session - Photo courtesy of Elise Ferer

AiA Poster Session – Photo courtesy of Elise Ferer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AiA was developed in partnership with the Association for Institutional Research and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities and remains a cornerstone of ACRL’s Value of Academic Libraries initiative.  If you’re interested in learning more about any of the AiA projects check out our searchable AiA project site.

On Friday June 24th VAL AiA alums, facilitators and Committee members held our first “Assessment in Action Alumni Community of Practice” unconference where we discussed what we have learned over the last three years and how we can build on AiA moving forward.

“Assessment in Action Alumni Community of Practice” Unconference - Photo via Shawn P. Calhoun

“Assessment in Action Alumni Community of Practice” Unconference – Photo via Shawn P. Calhoun

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Saturday June 25th Debbie L. Malone and Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe presented highlights of recent VAL work and the initiatives the committee has planed for the future (powerpoint download >> VAL Update session for ALA Annual 2016).

Deb Malone - “Update on the Value of Academic Libraries” Photo via Shawn P. Calhoun

Deb Malone – “Update on the Value of Academic Libraries” Photo via Shawn P. Calhoun

Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe - “Update on the Value of Academic Libraries” Photo via Shawn P. Calhoun

Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe – “Update on the Value of Academic Libraries” Photo via Shawn P. Calhoun

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you have any questions about VAL/AiA contact one of the 2016 incoming VAL committee Chair Jaime Corris Hammond or Vice-Chair Alan Carbery and please check out the VAL website for more!

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