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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 2d: Students and faculty will acquire advanced skills in searching particular finding tools--Sterling Online Catalog; WWW; specialized databases (learning outcome)
  • Performance Criteria/Indicators for Success —  Information competent users will be able to:
    • Select an online catalog, Internet search engine, or commercial database according to the type of information source needed or specified time frame
    • Construct strategies for advanced searches utilizing limiting features, truncation, proximity searching, relevance weights and other advanced techniques according to the finding tool used
    • Critically evaluate citations retrieved or material accessed in full-text and determine whether or not the search strategies should be modified further
  • Performance Activities 
    • Students will complete at least one session of advanced, discipline-specific library instruction conducted by a librarian or a database vendor
    • Distance learners will complete an online tutorial on advanced search techniques 
  • Methods of Assessment 
    • Pre- and Post-Tests 
  • Use of Findings
    • Revise online modules
    • Adjust onsite pedagogy
    • Prepare additional help guides 
  • Feedback Channel and Assessment Timeline
    • Teaching librarian - at end of session or semester
    • Student
    • Library-faculty assessment committee
    • Library administrators
    • University Assessment Committee
    • University administrators

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