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Information Literacy Program Assessment : First Year Experience

Information Literacy Learning Presentations (FYE)

In addition to the mandatory seven week Information Literacy course delivered to all first year students, the library is also engaging with students by way of the First Year Experience (FYE) course. Librarians are conducting short dynamic learning presentations to all FYE sections.

Librarians begin to help students develop the skill set that helps them determine: (a) what information resources exist, (b) where these resources are located, and (c) which of these sources are authoritative and most relevant to their topic of research.

In these meetings, students begin building information literacy skills. As a result, students get hands-on experience exploring a couple of the ACRL information literacy framework concepts.

For example, using the library's databases touches on searching as strategic exploration. Understanding what a reliable resource is ties to authority is constructed and contextual. Discussing which formats to use in academic settings addresses information creation as a process. And finally, generating topics and keywords connects to research as inquiry.

The library assessment component includes a four question Pre/Post-Test. The results from these tests will be evaluated and reported on. 

2018 FYE schedule: 

Date

Day

Time

Instructor

Location

Pre or Post Test

Instructor

9/7

Friday

8:30

Toral Bhatt

KAC 203

PRE

Travis/Marilyn

9/12

Wednesday

2:10

Gary Vega

KAC 203

POST

William

9/14

Friday

8:30

Charles Frank

KAC 203

PRE

Travis

9/19

Wednesday

2:10

Nick Pohl

KAC 203

POST

Marilyn

9/21

Friday

8:30

Gary Dresser

KAC 203

PRE

Marilyn

9/10

Monday

2:10

Laura Brezovsky

Feth 307

POST

William

9/17

Monday

2:10

Johanna Perry

TBD or classroom

POST

Travis

Analysis of 2018 Pre/Post-Test results:

Needs Improvement

  •  Uniform Resource Locator (URL) - Students need a better understanding of Domain Names and URLs.
  • Scholarly Journals -  The definition and anatomy of a scholarly journal and scholarly articles needs to be reinforced. 

Positive Results

  • Boolean Search - Students recognized the most effective search query.   
  • Library Catalog - Students pre and post-knowledge indicated they could identify book titles in the library's catalog. 

Analysis of 2019 Pre/Post-Test results: Due to change in class configuration (one large class), pre/post test was not applied.  

ENG 121 FYE Survey Report Spring 2020