Assessment in Action Project Reflection – Talia R. Nadir

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.