The first participants in ACRL’s Assessment in Action program presented results from their projects at poster sessions at ALA Annual in Las Vegas, and their results are also being disseminated in library publications and conference presentations. We’ re thrilled to see more value-related research making its way into the world, and will be featuring synopses of projects and a brief Q&A with team leaders here at the Value blog over the next year. You can also read full descriptive reports for this and other AiA projects, along with a synthesis of all the first year AiA projects.
This project at St. Mary’s College of Maryland examined the relationship between librarian-faculty collaboration and students’ information literacy skill development in the FYS through student and librarian surveys, faculty interviews, and rubric-based assessment of student work. Students in FYS sections with greater librarian-faculty collaboration were more likely to use library resources and contact librarians, but were no better at information evaluation, integration or citation.
Q&A with Veronica Arellano Douglas, Reference & Instruction Librarian
Q: What was your greatest challenge during the course of your Assessment in Action project?
A: I think our project team was most challenged by our need to create one common evaluative rubric that could be used across different research essays and First Year Seminar courses, all of which had diverse topics and assignments. We had to map the particular information literacy skills we wanted to assess against those reflected in each assignment and come to a consensus in terms of categories and criteria. It was a time-consuming and thought-provoking task.
Q: What is your #1 recommendation for other librarians who want to conduct an assessment project on student learning and success?
A: I would recommend that if there is not a librarian at your institution well-versed in statistical analysis that you either invest in training for yourself or a team member, or partner with faculty or staff on campus with a background in social science or education statistics.
Q: What is the #1 thing you gained through your participation in Assessment in Action?
A: Our participation in AiA helped us forge great working relationships with faculty outside of the library and solidified the library’s inclusion in the our college‘s larger assessment efforts.