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Thursday, March 17 • 2:15pm - 3:45pm
“Let’s Give Them Something to Talk About”: Initiating and Maintaining Scalable Library Assessment and Evaluation
Please note:  This is a hands-on session that we expect will be very full.  Attendees will be asked to share workstations.  Please arrive early to be sure and get a spot.

Today’s libraries are under pressure to demonstrate value to their stakeholders. Libraries can address this need in part through assessment and evaluation. The library faculty at the University of South Dakota provides information-literacy instruction in over 120 sessions for general-education courses per semester. In the context of this high-volume teaching, the University Libraries’ Instructional Team has created an assessment and evaluation process that is efficient, scalable, and easy to implement, administer, and sustain. This enables quick administration during one-shot library sessions. Additionally, this ease of use affords time to focus on communicating success using assessment and evaluation results. This workshop will provide an opportunity for participants to get hands-on experience in creating online evaluation and assessment instruments. The presenters will demonstrate how goals and objectives translate into evaluation and assessment activities. Participants are encouraged to bring their own assessment/evaluation instruments to this workshop. Then participants will engage with simple and cost-effective software tools that afford efficient and scalable formative assessment and evaluation. These tools and techniques lend themselves to a variety of library settings and situations. Finally, participants will learn ways to manage and report the results of evaluation and assessment. As a result of this workshop, participants will 1) identify tools and select techniques that afford efficient and scalable assessment and evaluation, 2) apply this knowledge to creating assessment and evaluation instruments suitable for their library contexts, and 3) synthesize assessment and evaluation data for the purposes of analysis and reporting.


Alan Aldrich

Associate Professor, Instructional Services Librarian, University of South Dakota

Thursday March 17, 2016 2:15pm - 3:45pm CDT
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