Lisabeth ChabotAs the ACRL liaison to the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC), I attend CIC’s annual Institute for Chief Academic Officers.   CIC is a major national service organization for small and mid-sized, independent, liberal arts colleges and universities in the U.S.  CIC focuses on providing programs and services that assist member institutions in improving educational offerings, administrative and financial performance, and institutional visibility.  The theme for the 2016 Institute was “New Realities, New Solutions”.

My session was titled “Academic Libraries and High-Impact Educational Practices”.   Higher education institutions are increasingly being asked to demonstrate their value and to assess defined outcomes.   As small and mid-sized, independent, liberal arts colleges and universities, CIC members are positioned to offer programming, resources, and services that are student-focused and incorporate high-impact practices. Using George Kuh’s High-Impact Educational Practices (AAC&U), I highlighted ways in which academic libraries, as key contributors to holistic student success, are actively engaged in high-impact practices and shared strategies for fostering high-impact practices, including campus partnerships, student engagement, support for student academic success, co-curricular success, and personal development.  I also discussed approaches for engaging faculty in high-impact practices via library-based activities.

As at previous institutes, I found the deans and provosts to be very interested in the library’s contribution to student success.  I provided a handout with links to selected CIC-member projects from ACRL’s Assessment in Action (AiA) initiative.

I also offered a breakfast session on ACRL’s 2016 Top Trends for Academic Libraries and provided a handout with links to selected resources from the report.   Session attendees had questions about library staffing, library leadership, and space planning/renovations.   I attended a roundtable discussion on collaborative space planning/exploration.  Academic libraries were frequently mentioned as targets for collaboration in terms of evolving services, co-location of student and faculty support services, and student-centered spaces.

As a result of the Institute, one library is sending staff to visit my library and I will be working with additional libraries via on-site visits.

Lisabeth Chabot
College Librarian
Ithaca College Library

Team-Based Collaborative Assessment: Working Together to Assess Student Learning and Success

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Nov 192016
 

While the date for the livestream has passed, we encourage librarians to consider inviting others on campus to watch the recorded version together. And with the holidays quickly approaching you also might want to plan your viewing party for early in the new year.

Team Based Assessment Collaborative approaches to assessment are emerging as an effective practice for building campus assessment culture and commitment to student success; however, we all know that collaboration requires more than a mandate that units should “work together.”

Over the past 3 years, almost 200 campus teams have worked to investigate how libraries contribute to student learning and success and documenting emerging and best practices in library service design and delivery. Because of these investigations, we have compelling evidence that students benefit from library instruction in their initial coursework, library use increases student success, collaborative academic programs and services involving the library enhance student learning, information literacy instruction strengthens general education outcomes, and library research consultation services boost student learning.

The project reports and reflections from the team leaders also provide strong evidence that collaborative assessment fosters an understanding of functions and roles of different campus constituents, supports important conversations, encourages commitment to assessment that extends beyond one project, and promotes sustainable organizational change.

Intrigued? Please join Taskstream on Wednesday, November 16th at 2 pm ET for an exclusive webinar, “Team-Based Assessment: Collaborating for a Campus Message About Student Learning,” (now available on-demand) presented by Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Karen Brown from Dominican University.

The webinar will present an overview of best practices in team-based collaborative assessment in the Association of College and Research Libraries’ Assessment in Action (AiA) project, which was supported by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The design of AiA was based on community of practice and action research models as well as concepts of reflective leadership and effective advocacy principles.

By Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe – Professor and Coordinator for Information Literacy Services and Instruction – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

 

 

This post comes to us from Debbie Malone, VAL Committee member and library director at DeSales University in Pennsylvania. 

Altmetrics, going beyond citation counts to measure scholarly impact via blog posts, twitter and other forms of social media, is becoming a hot topic in library literature as well as more general scholarly communication. Academic libraries can demonstrate their value by examining faculty productivity, and altmetrics gives us another way to see productivity and impact. I recently listened to a wonderful seminar on the topic presented by Linda Galloway, Syracuse University, for the National Library of Medicine, Mid-Atlantic Region, in which she shared multiple ways she assists faculty members and other researchers to get started with altmetrics and to use these new measures to understand the immediate impact of their work.  In the post below, I asked Linda to share practical tips for beginning a similar innovative outreach service in your library.

Altmetrics and Library Outreach

Altmetrics, or alternative citation metrics, can help inform scholarship by providing near real-time analyses of scholarly output. In addition, altmetric values are popping up everywhere  – from PLOS ONE articles to Elsevier journals.  Librarians can help faculty and researchers by contextualizing altmetrics within the landscape of traditional citation metrics and recommending how to get started.

Traditional citation metrics quantify scholarly output by measuring a researcher’s number of publications, citations to those publications, and the relative influence of the publications.  Typically, a faculty member also considers their h-index as an important metric — an h-index of 7 means that an author has published at least 7 papers that have been cited 7 times.  While traditional citation metrics are the gold standard, there are limitations.  They do not capture a publication’s impact or influence in emerging forms of scholarly communication, are often behind pay walls, measure influence narrowly, and take a long time to accumulate. 

Altmetrics are not citation metrics, but can complement and enhance a researcher’s scholarly presence.  Beyond citation counts, altmetrics measure diverse impacts from articles, blog posts, slide shows, datasets and other forms of scholarly communication.  Altmetrics quantify a different type of reader engagement with scholarly literature — more personal and meaningful. If a reader takes the time to save an article to their personal library and then tweet or blog about it, it may indicate that the article is more compelling than the one that was simply downloaded to a reference manager.  And what about post-publication peer review — the comments that are now permitted in some online scholarly publications?  These types of personal, thoughtful interactions with scholarly literature are both timely and valuable.

Altmetrics can measure scholarly engagement by collecting data on:

Accurate attribution of research products is the most important step in both citation metrics and altmetrics. Content creators can help with this by registering for and using an ORCID or another unique scholarly identifier. ORCID can help with attribution by “automating linkages to research objects such as publications, grants, and patents.”  Authors should endeavor to keep one or two online platforms (institutional profile, Google Scholar profile, etc.) consistently up-to date with their latest articles and other discrete research outputs. Remembering to use unique identifiers in academic communications (such as DOI’s) will also help to gather accurate data.

 There are several platforms that help capture and visualize altmetrics:

Non-profit:

  • ImpactStory — designed for the individual researcher, tools to visualize impact of research products. Helps “researchers to tell data-driven stories about their impacts”.

Commercial:

  • Altmetric.com —owned by Macmillan Publishers (also owns the Nature Publishing Group). “Provides article level metrics for researchers and publishers”.
  • Mendeley.com — Reference manager, .pdf organizer & social networking tool for researchers/authors. Collects & displays altmetrics. Recently purchased by Elsevier.
  • Plum Analytics — startup co-founded by former Summon developers; recently acquired by EBSCO. Collects article-level data for use by different constituencies to compare individuals, departments, universities

At the recent 2014 STELLA unconference, most participants reported little faculty awareness of altmetrics.  Five years from now, the interest in altmetrics will certainly be much greater and understanding and collecting this data now will prove beneficial.  Librarians, who recognize the inherent value in recording scholarly communication, are well positioned to promote accurate and thorough attribution of research products by helping to quantify their impact.

Further reading:

Linda Galloway, Syracuse University Libraries

Biology, Chemistry & Forensics Librarian, STEM Bibliographer

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