Aug 312016
 
kYmberly Keeton Lincoln University (Missouri)

kYmberly Keeton Lincoln University (Missouri)

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

Following is a reflection by kYmberly Keeton, Academic Librarian/Assistant Professor of Library Science at the Inman E. Page Library, Lincoln University (Missouri). kYmberly’s primary research question was: How in the world did one faculty library group come together to explore assessing students’ writing intensive projects in three academic semesters within a scholarly learning space at a Historically Black College University? The project website at Lincoln University is available here. 

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

The greatest challenge that I had during the AiA project was making sure that what was found in our assessment with regard to quantitative and qualitative information was conveyed and shaped in a way where an individual reading the assessment on their own would grasp the entire concept without direction from me as the designer, i.e. librarian team leader.

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

It is imperative that you take the time to sit down with faculty members that will be a part of your project as team members. Establishing a relationship with them and setting up expectations for communication during your project is important. Meeting with them will provide you with a good narrative to go by as it pertains to the needs of their students and what they would like to see happen in a collaborative setting; they are your network that you can go to for support.

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

I gained a level of trust with all of the faculty team members that participated in this project with me as a librarian.

 
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.

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Aug 242016
 
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!

 

 

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