Welcome to another post in our ongoing series updates from participants in ACRL’s Assessment in Action (AiA). Ginny Moran from the DeWitt Wallace Library at Macalester College has graciously agreed to share a few thoughts on her experiences.
Ginny’s project is titled: ““One-Shots” and Research Consultations Can Make a Difference – A Study of Information Fluency Competencies in Student Capstone Work” and the abstract follows:
Librarians selected six senior capstone courses from Fine Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences and Mathematics, and Interdisciplinary Studies and evaluated attribution, evaluation of sources, and communication of evidence in work samples using a rubric. Compared student scores to information fluency class attendance and participation in individual research consultations from Fall 2012-Fall 2014. Results indicate students receiving more instruction through classes or consultations perform better in these areas than those attending fewer classes or consultations.
A: Coordinating timing of all elements that needed to fall into place. I did not anticipate how long it would take to obtain the student papers. Once we knew what samples we had for certain, the timing was poor for the librarians scoring the papers. That meant delaying the scoring portion of the project, and running into some deadline concerns. In addition, changes in our team members due to institutional staff turnover created other challenges, particularly when we needed to analyze our data
Q: What is your #1 recommendation for other librarians who want to conduct an assessment project on student learning and success?
A: Don’t be afraid to start. Even if you think that it is such a tiny project that it won’t matter, trust that it will. As I have worked with my colleagues on this project and others, I have seen and experienced many “light bulb” moments.
Q: What is the #1 thing you gained through your participation in Assessment in Action?
A: Participating in the AiA program gave me the resources to improve my data analysis and collection skills, and exchanging information with my cohort members helped me refine how I communicated the results. More broadly, being part of this larger grant program provided leverage to collect the student papers and access campus resources that we might not otherwise have obtained.
More information about the DeWitt Wallace Library project can be found here. Thank you Ginny for the timely and thoughtful update.