Presented by Touro College Libraries Sara Tabaei, Information Literacy Director Bashe Simon, Director of Touro Libraries Committee on Outcomes Assessment March 10, 2011
ACRL Standards Touro General Education Goals adapted from ACRL Standards
“I wasn’t aware of the fact that we have books available on the touro website that are easily viewable and downloadable as well. there are many usefool tools to help conduct research and I will utilize it for future assignments.” “I learnt more about the dangers of plagiarism and how I can be susceptible to it. “ “I learned how to use the system. I also learned if i'mwritting something from another author how I suppose to do it to not be considerate as a stealer.” “There is a lot of valuable information in the library in- service- I think that it should be part of a general orientation at the beginning of each semester for new students. “
The post tests appear to be reliable since the results are more or less consistent throughout the semesters. • The post tests appear to have validity since we have based our questions on the ACRL information literacy standards. • We will add more direct questions to strengthen the validity of the post test. • We need to assess according to the grade levels of the students. • For the most recent post test, we have added a question on whether English is their first language or their second.
The current post test is focusing on individual parts of a concept. • Studies have shown that assessment of information literacy skills are more accurate when linked to a contextualized problem or assignment. • Currently we are testing short term skills and lower-level thinking skills. • If information literacy testing becomes part of an assignment, we could test higher-level thinking skills, such as research skills.
We will add more questions to the post test to construct a more valid assessment tool. • Embedded librarian in subject specific courses. • Identify classes that could have information literacy skills incorporated through curriculum mapping of those courses. • A general information literacy class for incoming freshmen and subject specific courses for upper divisions of undergraduate and/or graduate students based on the evidence of the post tests.
Sara Tabaei, MLIS, MA Information Literacy Services Director p: 212-463-0400 ext. 5233 email: email@example.com