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Library Assessment Plan—Goal 2

Objectives: 2a | 2b | 2c | 2d

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GOAL 2: INFORMATION EMPOWERMENT -- The student's information skills as foundations for life-long learning are developed or enhanced

Intended Educational (Student), Research or Service Outcomes, Administrative Objectives or Expected Results (In this section, clearly articulate the expected results related to each goal. Try to make the objectives results-oriented). It is best to specify the objectives for each goal--e.g., Goal 1 may have two objectives labeled as Objective 1a and Objective 1b)

OBJECTIVE 2c: Upper-level undergraduates and graduate students completing departmental research methods courses can readily identify appropriate finding tools expeditiously, evaluate information sources and their content critically, and document information content accurately (learning outcome)
  • Performance Criteria/Indicators for Success — An information competent user will be able to:
    • Articulate his/her information need
    • Select finding tools according to the type of information source needed or specified time frame
    • Construct strategies for basic and advanced searches to obtain information at the desired level of specificity
    • Critically evaluate citations retrieved or material accessed in full-text and determine whether or not the information is credible, authoritative, accurate and appropriate for the intended use
    • Cite the information included in papers, reports, and proposals according to documentation guidelines in particular subject areas or disciplines.
  • Performance Activities 
    • Upper-level undergraduates and graduate students completing departmental research methods courses will complete at least one session of advanced, discipline-specific library instruction
    • Distance learners will complete an online tutorial on advanced search techniques
    • Graduate and professional students will complete online questionnaire on scholarly communications, copyright, intellectual property, plagiarism and documentation 
  • Methods of Assessment 
    • Pre- and Post-Tests
    • Course Portfolio
    • Course Diary or Journal
    • Bibliographic Essay 
  • Use of Findings   
    • Revise online modules
    • Adjust pedagogy
    • Order publications recommended  in student papers
  • Feedback Channel and Assessment Timeline 
    • Teaching librarian - at end of session or semester
    • Faculty teaching course or seminar - at end of semester
    • Student
    • Library-faculty assessment committee
    • Library administrators- before end of budget cycle
    • University Assessment Committee
    • University administrator

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