Evidence Based Decisions for Information Literacy Programs Gabriela Sonntag Information Literacy Program Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org
“… we have to wonder whether we will continue to win support for our initiatives in the current strained economy and networked environment of freely accessible web-based information without conducting meaningful and convincing outcomes assessments.” Troll, 2002
Documents for Assessment • Characteristics of Best Practice (ACRL) • Nine Principles of Best Practice (AAHE) • ACRL Standards for Libraries in Higher Education Provide guidelines for an assessment plan.
Nine Principles • Educational values • Multidimensional, integrated and revealed in performance • Clear explicitly stated purposes • Outcomes and experiences • Ongoing not episodic • Involves educational community • Illuminates what we care about • Promotes change • Makes us accountable
Ask: “How (or what) is the library expected to contribute to the institution’s mission?” “What or How is the ILP expected to contribute to the institution’s mission?”
Satisfaction Use of materials Use of webguides Use of the spaces Number of courses Number of hours Growth of program Evidence