LTLC Practice Exchange: Activate classroom learning with polling apps

Submitted by Ben Walsh Overview of the event The Library Teaching and Learning Committee (LTLC) held their first Practice Exchange of 2018 on March 9th. Kaitlin Fuller (Liaison & Education Librarian, Gerstein Science Information Centre), Margaret Wall (Communications Librarian, Chief Librarian’s Office), and Jesse Carliner (Robarts Library, Reference & Research Services / Communications Librarian, Chief … Read More

Plan, Develop, Deliver and Repeat.

In early 2015, the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) posted the final version of the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education.  The framework outlined six frames: authority is constructed and contextual, information creation as process, information has value, research as inquiry, scholarship as conversation and searching as strategic exploration.  While the Framework … Read More

Measure online learning against real learning outcomes, rather than F2F models

Making a compelling case for examining the effectiveness of online or blended learning against empirical benchmarks, Edward Renner rejects the measurement of online learning against a conventional “sage-on-the-stage” classroom setting.  In “The Difference Between Theory and Practice,” Renner cites a number of studies that make comparisons between online and actual expectations of learning, rather than … Read More

Radical Change in Library Assessment Called for by Elliott Shore at Northumbria Conference

From his address at the 2013 Northumbria Conference on Performance Measurement in Libraries & Information Services, Elliott Shore, Executive Director of the Association of Research Libraries, calls for a major shift in the ways that libraries think about and gather data: “There was a time when the research library had a monopoly on research—if you … Read More

Interested in ethnographic research? Join or audit the iSchool course this fall

From Jenna Hartel: You are warmly welcomed to participate in the course INF2330: Information Ethnography at the Faculty of Information this fall. It is offered on Monday, 1:00-4:00. You can learn more about the course, here. As you may know, ethnography is hot as a means to better understand the Information Age. As libraries continue to undergo exciting changes, there … Read More

Recap: ARL’s Service Quality Evaluation Academy

Earlier this year, we (Lari Langford and Klara Maidenberg) were selected to attend ARL’s Service Quality Evaluation Academy, an intensive five-day training program focused on qualitative and quantitative methods for collecting and analyzing library data. The course, geared to librarians who participate in assessment activities at their institutions, was a unique opportunity to immerse ourselves … Read More

Feb 21 Practice Exchange on Assessment notes

Notes and resources from the February 21 Practice Exchange on assessment.  Resources mentioned in the session  Some of the resources mentioned in the session are posted: Eveline’s sample 321 form Sooin’s summary of the one minute papers from the session. Rita’s examples of short faculty assessments Books These were mentioned as useful resources for designing … Read More

New ALA project: Assessment in Action ALA has received a substantial multi-year grant for “Assessment in Action: Academic Libraries and Student Success” (AiA).  Undertaken in partnership with the Association for Institutional Research (AIR) and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), the grant will support the design, implementation and evaluation of a program to strengthen the competencies of librarians in … Read More

Assessment in the One-Shot Session: Using Pre- and Post-Tests to Measure Innovative Instructional Strategies Among First-Year Students

From the abstract: “Many studies focus on the use of different assessment tools within information literacy instruction; however,  there are very few that discuss how pre- and post-tests can be utilized to gauge student learning, and even fewer of those published deal with pre- and post-test assessment within the one-shot paradigm. This study explores the effectiveness of using … Read More

An Essential Partner: The Librarian’s Role in Student Learning Assessment

An easy-to-read 24 page booklet summarizing the major points of library learning assessment. Also includes several case studies.