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assessment cycle or circular file do academic librarians use information literacy assessment data

Assessment Cycle or Circular File:Do Academic Librarians Use Information Literacy Assessment Data?

Megan Oakleaf & Lisa Hinchliffe

Library Assessment Conference, August 2008

methods il assessment data
Methods - IL Assessment Data
  • Surveys
  • Tests
  • Performance assessments
    • Ex: evaluation of student bibliographies, research papers, or portfolios
  • Classroom Assessment Techniques (CAT)
    • Ex: muddiest points or minute paper
  • Etc.
  • Etc.
barriers to assessment
Barriers to Assessment

From the literature: (Bresciani 2009)

  • Too little time/resources
  • Lack of knowledge or skills
  • Lack of process coordination
  • Lack of conceptual framework for assessment
  • Lack of collaboration with faculty
  • Lack of trust
  • Difficulties managing expectations
research questions
Research Questions
  • Do academic librarians use information literacy assessment data?
    • If so, how do they use the data?
    • If not, why not?
  • What can be done to encourage the use of information literacy assessment data in academic libraries?
survey participant details
Survey & Participant Details
  • 12-question survey using SurveyMonkey
  • Distributed to Information Literacy Instruction Listserv (ILI-L) and the ACRL Immersion Alumni listserv
  • 437 participants
    • 98% academic librarians
    • 96% conduct IL instruction
    • 35% supervise people who conduct IL instruction
    • 31% have been a librarian 1-5 years
    • 21% have been a librarian 6-10 years
    • 24% have been a librarian 20+ years
do academic librarians assess information literacy skills
Do academic librarians assess information literacy skills?

76% (332)

assess IL skills

24% (105)

do not

too little time
Too Little Time

26% I spend my time on other work responsibilities.

21% I’m unsure how to re-allocate my responsibilities to make time for assessment.

too few resources
Too Few Resources

29% I don’t have the necessary staff.

19% Other library services and priorities monopolize available resources.

lack of knowledge skills
Lack of Knowledge & Skills

21% I have limited understanding of or expertise in assessment.

17% I’m concerned that I am not competent in conducting assessment.

15% I don’t know how to select & implement assessment tools.

14% I don’t know how to analyze assessment data.

lack of process coordination
Lack of Process Coordination

29% There is no centralized support/commitment for assessment.

22% There is no assessment coordinator to assist me.

18% Assessment is not valued in my library.

15% There is no assessment committee to assist me.

lack of conceptual framework
Lack of Conceptual Framework

18% It’s hard to integrate with college-wide assessment efforts.

17% It’s hard to grasp librarians’ role in assessing student learning.

fear anxiety lack of trust
Fear, Anxiety, Lack of Trust

17% I’m concerned that I am not competent in conducting assessment.

lack of collaboration with faculty
Lack of Collaboration with Faculty

21% Faculty involvement is limited.

19% Faculty consider the library an auxiliary service.

11% Faculty do not collaborate with librarians or vice versa.

difficulty managing expectations
Difficulty Managing Expectations

17% Many assessment tools don’t adequately measure information literacy.

to assess il skills librarians need
To Assess IL Skills, Librarians Need:
  • More time
  • Help re-allocating their time
  • More staff
  • Greater understanding of IL assessment
  • Centralized support and/or a coordinator of assessment
  • Increased faculty involvement
do academic librarians who assess il skills have results from these assessments
Do academic librarians who assess IL skills have results from these assessments?

86% (276)

have results

14% (46)

do not

too little time19
Too Little Time

31% I spend my time on other work responsibilities besides producing assessment results.

24% I don’t have time for the added responsibility of producing assessment results.

21% I’m unsure how to re-allocate my responsibilities to make time for producing assessment results.

too few resources20
Too Few Resources

24% I don’t have the necessary staff to produce assessment results.

10% I won’t be rewarded for producing assessment results.

lack of knowledge skills21
Lack of Knowledge & Skills

31% I have limited understanding of or expertise in producing assessment results.

14% I don’t know how to select & implement tools for producing assessment results.

lack of process coordination22
Lack of Process Coordination

24% There is no centralized support/commitment for producing assessment results.

10% There is no assessment coordinator to assist me in producing assessment results.

10% There is no assessment committee to assist me in producing assessment results.

10% Assessment results are not valued on my campus.

lack of conceptual framework for assessment
Lack of Conceptual Framework for Assessment

17% It’s hard to integrate assessment results with college-wide assessment efforts.

fear anxiety lack of trust24
Fear, Anxiety, Lack of Trust

10% I’m concerned that I am not competent in producing assessment results.

lack of collaboration with faculty25
Lack of Collaboration with Faculty

24% Faculty do not collaborate with librarians or vice versa to produce assessment results.

17% Faculty involvement in producing assessment results is limited.

difficulty managing expectations26
Difficulty Managing Expectations

31% Many assessment results don’t adequately measure information literacy.

17% Many assessment results don’t provide an adequate level of detail.

to produce results librarians need
To Produce Results, Librarians Need:
  • More time
  • Help re-allocating their time or responsibilities
  • More staff
  • Greater understanding of how to produce assessment results
  • Centralized support for producing assessment results
  • Increased faculty collaboration in producing assessment results
  • Assessment results that adequately measure IL skills
do academic librarians who have il assessment results use them
Do academic librarians who have IL assessment results use them?

83% (228)

use assessment results

17% (48)

do not

too little time30
Too Little Time

45% I spend my time on other work responsibilities besides using assessment results.

25% I don’t have time for the added responsibility of using assessment results.

18% I’m unsure how to re-allocate my responsibilities to make time for using assessment results.

too few resources31
Too Few Resources

15% I don’t have the necessary budget to use assessment results.

15% I don’t have the necessary professional development opportunities to use the assessment results.

15% I don’t have the necessary staff to use assessment results.

15% I won’t be rewarded for using assessment results.

15% Other library services and priorities monopolize available resources for using assessment results.

lack of knowledge skills32
Lack of Knowledge & Skills

40% I have limited understanding of or expertise in using assessment results.

33% I don’t know how to select & implement tools for using assessment results.

lack of process coordination33
Lack of Process Coordination

28% There is no centralized support/commitment for using assessment results.

15% The use of assessment results is not valued on my campus.

13% The use of assessment results is not valued in my library.

13% There is no assessment committee to assist me in using assessment results.

10% There is no assessment coordinator to assist me in using assessment results.

lack of conceptual framework34
Lack of Conceptual Framework

35% It’s hard to grasp expectations for using assessment results.

33% It’s hard to integrate the use of assessment results with college-wide assessment efforts.

28% It’s hard to grasp librarians’ role in using assessment results.

13% It’s hard to grasp librarians’ role in using assessment results for accreditation purposes.

fear anxiety lack of trust35
Fear, Anxiety, Lack of Trust

25% I’m concerned that I am not competent in using assessment results.

lack of collaboration with faculty36
Lack of Collaboration with Faculty

30% Faculty do not collaborate with librarians or vice versa to use assessment results.

28% Faculty involvement in using assessment results is limited.

difficulty managing expectations37
Difficulty Managing Expectations

48% The assessment results can’t be used because they don’t adequately measure information literacy.

40% The assessment results can’t be used because they don’t provide an adequate level of detail.

to use results librarians need
More time

Greater understanding of how to use assessment results

Training in how to use assessment results

Training in how to select & implement tools for using assessment results

Centralized support for using assessment results

Clearer expectations for using assessment results

Greater understanding of librarians’ role in using assessment results

Increased faculty collaboration/involvement in using assessment results

Methods for integrating assessment results with college-wide efforts

Assessments results that adequately measure IL skills

Assessment results that provide an adequate level of detail about IL skills

To Use Results, Librarians Need:
ways academic librarians use il assessment results
Ways Academic Librarians Use IL Assessment Results

96% To improve instruction

73% To increase student learning

58% To inform future assessment efforts

52% To provide data for accountability measures

50% To collaborate with faculty

36% To collaborate with other librarians

20% To argue for increased resources

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So, what can be done to encourage academic librarians to assess IL, produce assessment results, & use the results to achieve the purposes of assessment?

what can be done to encourage collection use of assessment data
From the literature: (Bresciani 2009)

Educate

Clarify

Collaborate

Coordinate

Celebrate

Be flexible

Keep it simple

What can be done to encourage collection & use of assessment data?
educate
Educate

Train librarians about

  • IL assessment in general,
  • tools for assessing IL skills adequately (and in detail),
  • tools for producing data, and
  • tools for facilitating the use of assessment data

Inform library administration about

  • the time and
  • resources required to assess IL skills, as well as produce and use assessment results
clarify
Clarify

Clarify the role of librarians in assessing information literacy as well as producing & using assessment data

collaborate
Collaborate

Collaborate with faculty, centralized campus assessment support processes and personnel.

Participate in college-wide efforts to act on assessment results.

coordinate
Coordinate

Coordinate assessment efforts within the library by creating structures to support IL assessment.

be flexible
Be Flexible

Re-allocate job responsibilities of those tasked with assessment duties.

questions

Questions?

moakleaf@syr.edu

ljanicke@illinois.edu