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Assessing Information Literacy Instruction

Methods librarians can use to assess and improve their teaching.

About this Guide

The resources on this guide are intended for librarians to use to assess, evaluate, and improve their teaching. The resources offered here include:

  • tips for writing and using student learning outcomes;
  • direct, in-class assessment activities;
  • prompts for peer teaching observations;
  • indirect, post-session assessment questions;
  • additional resources.

MCPHS Library Assessment

Library assessment is the practice of evaluating library instruction, services, resources, spaces, and other areas to determine:

  • The impact of the library on the University that it supports.
  • How to improve and better align instruction, services, and resources to university needs.

We choose ethical, values-based practices and methods for collecting and interpreting data that help demonstrate library value and impact. When conducting assessment activities, we ask:

  • The impact of the library on the university that it supports.
  • What is the context?
  • Who is asking?
  • How will the requestor use the findings?
  • Will actions be taken?

Library assessment differs from other academic assessment of instruction and learning because the library impact on student and faculty outcomes often must be measured indirectly. Thus, the library generally collaborates with faculty, staff, and other departments to design and track meaningful measures of the library’s impact on the MCPHS community.

Information Literacy Instruction at MCPHS

Information Literacy has been identified and integrated into the University’s Learning Outcomes of preparing graduates to “apply technical knowledge, information literacy, cultural sensitivity, critical thinking skills, and problem-solving strategies necessary in professional settings to provide comprehensive services to patients, clients, and others.” 

The Information Literacy Program is composed of outcomes-based credit-bearing courses, guest lectures, interactive workshops, digital learning objects, embedded teaching, and individual consultations that are mapped to curricular needs and assessed regularly. We empower our diverse community of learners with programmatically integrated, scaffolded instruction. Students learn skills for research and about information itself, enabling them to critically evaluate information they both consume and produce. 

Visit the Information Literacy Program page of the MCPHS Library website for more information.

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