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