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Are you new to library assessment? Are you tasked with conducting an assessment project and don’t know what methods to use, or which ones are the most effective (or practical)? The methodological issues addressed in Putting Assessment into Action: Selected Projects from the First Cohort of the Assessment in Action Grant (edited by Eric Ackermann) are based on the real world, practical experience of librarians who participated in the first cohort of the assessment in Action project. Unlike many books on this subject, this volume allows the selection of an appropriate assessment method(s) based on the activity or program being assessed without requiring extensive previous knowledge of research design, methods, or statistics. Twenty-seven cases are presented in arenas as varied as assessing fourth year undergraduate learning, first year experience, graduate student information literacy, technology facilities, assessing outreach services and space, and more. Represented are 25 U.S. institutions and two Canadian institutions and a range of types of institutions from doctoral/research universities to baccalaureate/masters granting institutions to a tribal college and a community college.

This book is appropriate for professional Library and Information Science collections in all types of libraries and is particularly appropriate for immediate consideration of assessment methods.

Eric Ackermann



Part 1: Assessing Information Literacy/Library Instruction



First Year Students/First Year Experience

Chapter 1. "I Felt Like Such a Freshman": Reflections on DePaul University Library's Assessment in Action Project
Heather Jagman

Chapter 2. Honor Bound: Assessing Library Interventions into the Complex Problem of Academic Integrity
Jacalyn A. Kremer

Chapter 3. Cite Me!: What Sources are Students Using for Research?
Valerie Nye

Chapter 4. Employing Multiple Methods to Assess Information Literacy in a New Core Curriculum
Kelly Delevan

Chapter 5. Assessing Student Learning and Faculty-Librarian Collaboration with a Mixed-Methods Approach
Veronica Arellano Douglas

Chapter 6. Assessment of Library Instruction within General Education Learning Outcomes and Academic Support Programs: Determining Impact on Student Research Skills, Confidence, and Retention
Diane Prorak

Chapter 7. Impact of Information Literacy Instruction on the Success of First Year Composition Students
Maryellen Allen

Chapter 8. Information Literacy Learning in First Year Composition: A Rubric-Based Approach to Assessment
Robin E. Miller

Chapter 9. Comparing Apples and Oranges: Putting Virginia Tech's FYE Inquiry Assessment Program into Perspective
Kyrille Goldbeck DeBose and Carolyn Meier



Second to Fourth Year Undergraduates

Chapter 10. Assessment in Action Case Study: Do Online Learning Modules Have a Role in Information Literacy Instruction?
Henri Mondschein

Chapter 11. Complementary, Not Conflicting Data: Using Citation Analysis and NVivo to Explore Student Learning
Phil Jones

Chapter 12. Predictors of Information Literacy Competencies at a Large University: A Reflection on Testing Methods
Amy Catalano

Chapter 13. Assessing Graduating Seniors' Information Literacy Skills
Jill S. Shoemaker

Chapter 14. Using Single-Case Research Design to Assess Course-Embedded Research Consultations
John Watts





Graduate Students

Chapter 15. Assessing Online Graduate Students
Mary Francis

Chapter 16. In Their Own Words: Evolution of Effective Search Behaviors by Medical Students and Residents at the University of Connecticut Health Center
Kathleen Crea  






Chapter 17. Finding the Cocked Hat: Triangulating Assessment of Information Literacy as a College-Wide Core Competency
Brandy Whitlock





Part 2: Assessing Outreach, Services and Spaces


Chapter 18. Get by with a Little Help from Your Friends: Working with Student Affairs to Engage and Assess College Students
Theresa McDevitt






Chapter 19. ARC to Success: Linking the "Commons" Model to Academic Success at Central Washington University
Courtney Paddick

Chapter 20. Library Research Consultants: Measuring a New Service
Mary O'Kelly

Chapter 21. Dedicated Technology Facilities: Impacts, Success, and Implications
Eric Resnis

Chapter 22. Filling in the Venn Diagram: Second Year Students, Research, Writing
Susan E. Montgomery and Suzanne D. Robertshaw

Chapter 23. Research Assistance Linked to Student Retention
Linda Bedwell






Chapter 24. Methodological Issues: Assessing the Impact of Using the Library on Student Success at the University of Northern Colorado
Annie Epperson





Part 3: Longitudinal Assessment

Chapter 25. Known Library Use and Student Retention: A Methods Case Study
Ashley Ireland

Chapter 26. Assessment Archaeology: Digging up Old Data for Longitudinal Assessments
Alison Bradley and Stephanie Otis

Chapter 27. Impact of Library Usage on Student Success: Exploring New Territory
Aaron Lupton



Eric Ackermann

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