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Library Instruction Program

Provides more information for Wichita State University teaching faculty and instructors about critical thinking, information and digital literacies, and library instruction.

Assessment

Assessment is a crucial element of the University Libraries' instruction program.  Assessment activities allow us to identify

  • concepts students do not understand fully and skills they have not mastered
  • opportunities for us to enhance the effectiveness of our instruction
  • the impact our instruction has on student learning and success.

We select assessment tools based on factors like whether a course has student learning objectives on information literacy and library research skills, how much time a librarian spends giving instruction,and how many students participate in the instruction.  The tools range from one-minute papers to sets of activities spanning an entire semester.  Sometimes we collaborate with professors teaching courses to integrate assessment into assignments.  Assessment is the foundation for continuous improvement of our instruction and a resulting increase in student learning.

In an effort to provide consistency in the information literacy and library research instruction offered by WSU University Libraries, librarians have identified a core set of student learning outcomes that can be used in designing assessment tools and as a foundation for our Curriculum Mapping project. The learning outcomes are tied to the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education.

Most learning outcomes will target concepts and skills required in individual courses. The following are potential student learning outcomes:

After participating in library instruction, students will be able to:

  • analyze a topic in order to determine the best disciplinary databases in which to find information.
  • construct an effective search strategy in order to find information on a topic.
  • identify and access scholarly sources in order to retrieve information for their topic.
  • describe the characteristics of a peer-reviewed article in order to find scholarly sources for research papers.
  • critically evaluate an information source in order to determine the source's accuracy and authority.
  • synthesize and analyze information from different sources in order to fully understand their topic.
  • assess sources retrieved from different databases, websites, etc. in order to determine if they have enough information to complete their projects.
  • cite sources in various styles in order to provide proper credit.
  • identify and discuss issues related to censorship and freedom of speech in order to responsibly share and use information.
  • Identify issues related to information ethics.
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