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Friday, September 30 • 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Moving On: Lessons Learned from an Information Literacy Instruction Assessment Project

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Despite careful planning and best efforts, sometimes assessment results don't necessarily show you what you want to see. Just because the destination is not where you expected to be doesn't mean the journey wasn't worth it. The St. Catherine University Library instruction librarians undertook a significant assessment project with the information literacy instruction provided to all students in their first year shared experience course in the Fall of 2015. Librarians worked with seven class sections to deliver information literacy instruction at strategic times throughout the semester, as opposed to a traditional one-shot library orientation session typically provided. Student learning outcomes were developed, instruction was planned, and assessment tools (pre-test/post-test and evaluation of student work samples) were selected to measure outcomes. Although the results were not what was expected, they were eye opening, and in the process, this project has opened doors, built relationships, created in-roads, and started a dialogue with key stakeholders that has been invaluable. This presentation will explore the methodology and results of our assessment efforts and our reflections on the process, lessons learned, and plans for moving forward.


Sue Gray, Reference and Circulation Librarian, St. Catherine University Minneapolis Campus Library

Sue provides research assistance to students, faculty, and staff, as well as teaching workshops on information literacy, APA, and RefWorks. Sue is the liaison librarian to the Master of Arts in Holistic Health Studies program, and to the Liberal Arts and Sciences Core. Before becoming... Read More →

Anne Beschnett, Research and Instruction Librarian, St. Catherine University

Anne is the liaison librarian to the nutrition and exercise science, public health, respiratory care, and science programs, and helps organize instruction at the library. Anne has also taken the lead on assessment efforts within the library, and completed the Association of College... Read More →

Friday September 30, 2016 1:45pm - 2:45pm CDT
St. Louis River Room