Talia R. NadirThe 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 Talia R. Nadir from the University of St. Thomas O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library on her project: Bringing the RAC to WAC: Librarians and Faculty Collaboration in Writing in the Discipline (WID) Courses

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

My greatest challenge was convincing enough faculty in my institution to participate in my project by means of collaborating with subject liaison librarians in their Writing in the Discipline courses. Other challenges include balancing the time devoted to the project while at the same time, maintaining all other tasks and routine workload. Analyzing the data and creating the final poster were also challenging, both because I worked against tough deadlines and also because I had no familiarity with, and for that matter, many resources to support, putting together a poster that reflects on findings from a year-long project.

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

Come up with a topic that is of interest to you but that is “realistically doable.” While I think it is often challenging to assess student learning and success, some projects lend themselves better than others. And make sure you have the support of your institution, colleagues, and any stakeholders. You will need it. Don’t go it alone.

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

I gained both knowledge and confidence from my participation in AiA. Working on my project helped me think outside my “normal” box and consider other aspects of library instruction, student engagement, and ultimately success. I’m able to approach my work with a new set of skills and I feel more comfortable applying an assessment lens more critically, and practically, to my work. I was very fortunate to have a very supportive smaller cohort that I found collegial and supportive throughout the process. It reminded me of the value and power we could gain from working together, without having to compete, in order to best serve our constituents.

Assessment in Action Project Reflections – Clinton Baugess

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Aug 102016
 

Clinton BaugessThe 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 Clinton Baugess and his team from Gettysburg College Musselman Library on his project: Undergraduate Library Internships and Professional Success.

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

Now that we have finished a year-long project, I feel comfortable saying that time and time management were the greatest challenges for my AiA Team. It was important for the team to come together early in the planning process and be honest about when and how we could each contribute to the project. It allowed us to move forward, even if we needed to put things on pause for a few week or two.

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

Build a strong team and meet regularly. While it’s not possible for all projects (especially those involving faculty), it was helpful for my team to meet in person regularly—or at least communicate our progress through email and vote if it was necessary to meet. My team included another librarian and two colleagues from Career Development and Institutional Analysis. By being in frequent contact, we got to learn about each other as people and the work we each do on campus. That sort of relationship building with partners is as important as the outcome of the project—if not more so.

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

Confidence. AiA provided an assessment model to follow, as well as the experience to work with new methods and approaches. I’m already applying what I learned in AiA to my regular work as an instruction coordinator. I know how to plan a project, what pitfalls to avoid, and how to communicate with campus partners and upper administrators. Being in the program enabled me to focus on a single project to completion and take risks with new methods, which has gone a long way to develop my own confidence and skills.

IMLS Webinar July 27: Communities of Practice for Librarians

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Jul 252016
 

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is hosting the webinar “Communities of Practice for Librarians” on Wednesday, July 27, 2016, at 3:00pm-4:00pm Eastern.

Communities of Practice (CoPs) are informing both research and practice of effective facilitation of library-based and online learning. IMLS presents a webinar to share new perspectives about CoPs and to explore lessons learned from a variety of organizations with CoPs, including Proliteracy, ACRL Assessment in Action, YOUMedia Learning Labs, STAR_NET, Portland State University, and other national and state-based organizations.

Conduct a system check and access the webinar on the IMLS website.

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