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Library Assessment of Instruction

Library Assessment of Instruction
HWC Library Assessment of Student Learning

In the fall of 2018 the library will assess three of five student learning outcomes, one for College Success classes, another for Speech 101, and a third for English 102.

Link: Authority assessment

Student Learning Outcomes for General Library Instruction

Assessment of student learning outcomes is an important part of the Harold Washington College library. As teaching faculty, we realize the necessity of honing our pedagogy and supporting the College’s mission statement. To these ends, we use several direct and indirect measures to ensure that we are meeting our objectives. In accordance with the library’s mission statement, students who receive the full complement of instruction in the Harold Washington College library should acquire the skills to:
  1. Identify key concepts and terms (keywords, synonyms and related terms) that describe the information they seek.
  2. Construct search strategies using appropriate commands, including Boolean operators.
  3. Retrieve information in a variety of formats using various information resources.
  4. Evaluate web sites for authority, credibility and currency.
  5. Recognize the legal and ethical importance of citations and cite information accordingly. 
These outcomes align to the ACRL (Association of College and Research Libraries) Framework for Information Literacy.

Authority Is Constructed and Contextual
Information Creation as a Process
Information Has Value
Research as Inquiry
Scholarship as Conversation
Searching as Strategic Exploration

Outcome 1 aligns with Research as Inquiry
Outcome 2 aligns with Searching as Strategic Exploration
Outcome 3 aligns with Information has Value
Outcome 4 aligns with Authority is Constructed and Contextual
Outcome 5 aligns with Scholarship as Conversation and Information Creation as a Process

Assessment of student learning in library instruction is overseen by Todd Heldt who has the role of library liaison to the HWC Assessment Committee and Katie Karlin who also is a contributing member of the Assessment Committee​. The other librarians also contribute to planning and take part in carrying out assessment activities.