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Library Liaison Toolkit

Programmatic Assessment

Students demonstrate their grasp of the concepts and skills we teach in library instruction sessions through the successful completion of class assignments. Furthermore, the concepts and skills we teach must be reinforced throughout a program of study; students do not become "information literate" after a single instruction session, and they may not be aware of their new abilities and understandings until they have had an opportunity to apply their learning.

For that reason, our programmatic assessment practices are not designed to prove student mastery of the research process. Instead, our surveys offer us insight into the student and faculty experience of engaging in library instruction, so that we can identify individual and collective strengths and areas for improvement.

Programmatic assessment of our instructional services in FY22 will take the form of:

  • Automated student surveys
    The University Libraries have contracted MU's Assessment Resource Center (ARC) to help us administer a brief survey via email to students whose classes participate in live instruction sessions with Ellis librarians. Our survey is based on the stock instruction survey from ACRL's Project Outcome and was reviewed and approved by MU librarians in Spring 2020.
  • End-of-semester surveys
    The Head of Instructional Services distributes end-of-semester surveys (hosted in LibWizard) via email to:
    • All faculty documented in the Synchronous and Asynchronous Instruction Statistics forms
    • All faculty, students, and staff who registered for open workshops

Personal Assessment

Librarians are welcome to administer surveys to students during instructional sessions and to partnering faculty at any time. The following forms are available for librarian use: