Augustana librarians use a variety of methods to assess student learning. Students who receive any type of librarian-taught IL instruction in Augustana courses are asked to complete a questionnaire about their perceptions of the content and value of the session. The questionnaire also functions as a post-test, testing students' knowledge after the session.
When Augustana offered IL credit courses (2001-2015), Augustana's librarians used a multi-pronged approach to gain as much information as possible about the impact of the IL courses on student learning and on student attitudes toward library research. To assess student learning in the credit courses, Augustana implemented a number of what Lindauer (2004) terms “performance-based” assessment methods including pre-/post- tests, as well as course assignments and tests. The Augustana librarians were also evaluated by students in the IL credit courses.
Our research into the area of IL assessment is fueled by “institutional curiosity." In keeping with Maki’s (2002) definition, we are seeking “answers to questions about which students learn, what they learn, how well they learn, and when they learn […].”
The Augustana Library uses the online assessment tool WASSAIL for assessment.
Pre-tests and Post-Tests
Lindauer, B. G. “The Three Arenas of Information Literacy Assessment.” Reference & User Services Quarterly 44, no. 2 (2004): 122-129.
Maki, P. L. “Developing an Assessment Plan to Learn about Student Learning.” Journal of Academic Librarianship 28, nos. 1 and 2 (2002): 8-13.