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Assessment in Action: First Year Seminar (2013): Assessment in Action Project

Information literacy and library instruction guide for first year seminars participating in the Assessment in Action project.

About Assessment in Action Project

This project is part of the program “Assessment in Action: Academic Libraries and Student Success” which is undertaken by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) in partnership with the Association for Institutional Research and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities. The program, a cornerstone of ACRL's Value of Academic Libraries initiative, is made possible by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

The Armacost Library will use the AiA program to begin a longitudinal study of the impact of information literacy instruction on student achievement.  In 2010 the faculty of the College of Arts & Sciences approved a set of student learning outcomes that both explicitly and implicitly include information literacy.  Furthermore the College has entered an exploratory implementation phase of a revised General Education curriculum that includes information & media literacy as “embedded experiences.”  At the program level, information literacy is often a component of student learning outcomes especially in relation to capstone experiences. By tracking students from their first year through to graduation we expect to find that recursive information literacy instruction has a positive impact on student learning and achievement evidenced at specific milestones in their college career and ultimately in capstone papers, projects, or portfolios. Furthermore we are interested in learning more about contributing factors to the development of information literacy and library research skills as we track students.

University of Redlands Assessment in Action Team

    Shana Higgins, Interdisciplinary & Area Studies Librarian (AiA Librarian Team Leader)
    Les Canterbury, Natural Sciences Librarian
    Melissa Cardenas-Dow, Behavioral Sciences Librarian
    Lua Gregory, Humanities & First Year Experience Librarian
    Janelle Julagay, Business Librarian
    Bill Kennedy, Humanities Librarian
    Sheila Lloyd, Associate Professor, English
    Wendy McEwen, Director of Institutional Research
    Paige Mann, Applied Sciences Librarian
    Sanjeet Mann, Arts Librarian
    Gabriela Sonntag, Director of Armacost Library
    Scott Stevens, Seiter Endowed Chair, Director of Writing


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