Information Literacy Assessment Spring 2019 - Fall 2020

Submitted by Nikol Price on
What is the Purpose of the Assessment?

Need to evaluate and improve student information literacy abilities. 

Describe the necessity for this assessment

In Spring 2019 librarians wanted to get a benchmark of student information literacy abilities in order to make needed improvements in instruction.

Describe how the practice will be implemented

In Spring 2019 librarians wanted to capture a benchmark of student information literacy abilities, specifically: 1) understand library services and navigate the EMCC Library website, 2) identify components of online citations, 3) find, retrieve, and use information from full-text article and ebook databases. To capture this information, librarians created a quiz and made it available on Canvas. Librarians also analyzed works cited pages from ENG101 and ENG102.

Interpret, compare, and describe the results

After grading 511 quizzes and evaluating the works cited pages of 162 papers we found that 15% of students were not proficient in ability 1, 12% of students were not proficient in ability 2, and 27% of students were not proficient in ability 3. Please see attachement, Library Program Assessment, for more detailed information and number of students participating in assessment. 

After analyzing, and reflecting on the outcome, what are the next steps?

Librarians are currently discussing specific ways to improve these information literacy skills through classroom instruction and targeted resources focused on the American Library Association information literacy framework. Part of our investigations include resources with pre and post test options and instructional interventions. We are planning to make changes in Fall 2021 and will be able to close the loop after analyzing results from those changes. 

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Catherine Cochran Sun, 04/25/2021 - 7:09am

Hi Nikol,

Thank you for submitting a CATS!  I appreciate your ongoing efforts to reach our EMCC students with library resources.  Personally, I have always liked partnering with the EMCC Library for my course assignments. The EMCC Library is incredible at  providing research material and tools to help our students improve their learning outcomes in other courses. Your instructional videos are easy to follow, and the reference information you provide our students is excellent. 

Thank you for all the hardwork you and your colleagues do for us!  I look forward to reading your results after Fall 2021.

Have a great day,


Becky Baranowski Fri, 05/07/2021 - 9:07am

Nikol - I am grateful to you and your team for all the work you to do collaborate with faculty and students. Thank you for taking the time to submit this CATS.