Holman Library Information Literacy Instruction Plan

Assessment Overview

Assessment is a key component of the Holman Library Information Literacy Instruction Plan. All information literacy classes are designed with specific student learning outcomes.


Assessment of Individual Classes

Assessment of individual classes (one-shot and multiple-shot with subject faculty):

Individual classes will be designed with specific assessable outcomes.

All faculty librarians will assess student learning outcomes and efficacy of instruction in at least one class each quarter.

  • Librarians will write and submit an assessment narrative each quarter with the following information:
  • the information plan for the class
  • threshold concept addressed
  • identified outcomes
  • learning activities
  • an assessment of student learning of outcomes
  • a reflection that indicates what insights and/ or changes they will implement the next time they work with the class.
  • Librarians will close the loop on assessment with reflection/data on how revisions impacted the instruction plan and student learning,

Program-Level Assessment

Program-Level Assessment of Instruction Program Scope and IL Objectives

Holman Library collects quarterly data that provides an overview of the Holman Library Instruction Program.

  • Librarians will use the shared instruction database to collect information on all individual classes taught each quarter, including the following information:
    • course and instruction info
    • number of students taught
    • number of sessions
    • threshold concept(s) used to frame instruction
  • Librarians will close the loop by assessing annually if the instruction program is:
    • working with all college core instructional areas or missing targeted partners,
    • addressing a range of ACRL threshold concepts or focusing on only a few, 
    • supporting campus-wide learning outcomes, and 
    • helping students meet information literacy thresholds.
Program-Level Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes

Faculty librarians will assess student-learning outcomes at the program level on an annual basis in order to continually seek means to improve instruction and student outcomes.

Faculty librarians will target two program-level student learning outcomes.

  • Students will be able to identify the scope of their information need and access information effectively in order to find results that make progress towards their intended purpose.
  • Students will be able to evaluate, select, synthesize, and cite information in order to ethically incorporate sources into their own work.

Data gathered from year one will be used to revise and improve instruction and tools toward targeted learning outcome in year 2.

  • For each cycle, faculty librarians will develop a shared assessment method.
  • For each cycle, faculty librarians will develop and norm a shared scoring method.
    • During year 1, faculty librarians will assess where students perform on learning outcomes.
    • After year 1, faculty librarians will revise their instruction plans and materials based on student performance and re-assess established benchmark during year 2.
  • Each cycle will target a specific learning outcome.
    • Year 1-2: Access information effectively
    • Year 3-4: Evaluate the quality of information

Librarians will review the assessment process annually to make sure they are asking the right questions and using the right instruments to gather meaningful information on student achievement. 

Faculty Assessment of Library Instruction Program

Holman Library runs an annual survey of faculty feedback on information literacy instruction. Librarians may use the data collected to do any of the following:

  • Implement changes at the individual instructional level.
  • Implement changes at the instructional program level.
  • Implement changes to the Information Literacy Instruction Program Plan.