Library Assessment

Summary of Assessment for Summer 2006

  • Participants were:
    • Lesli Baker
    • Kim Rollins
    • Tim Rowley
  • The three areas studied were:
    • Lesli Baker: CLSS 1050
    • Kim Rollins: A population group outside the Library
    • Tim Rowley: Information Commons
  • Purpose
    • To determine students' response to their interaction with an area of the Library.
  • Specific criteria that guided the assessment process:
    • Intended Administrative Objectives were written.
    • The format used as Means of Assessment to study the Objectives was unique to each participant.
    • The Criteria for Success was included in the Means of Assessment Statement.
  • The Second Means of Assessment are:
    • Lesli Baker: CLSS 1050 students will identify or exclude biased, untimely, or inaccurate information when selecting information on a topic.
    • Kim Rollins: Library Public Services of circulation, reserve, and interlibrary loan are friendly, fair, relevant, and efficient for users.
    • Tim Rowley: An assessment will be made of the use and performance of Library Information Commons.
  • Methods
    • Survey instruments were distributed to each population group during Spring Semester 2006.
    • Surveys were collected and analyzed.
    • Lesli Baker and Tim Rowley analyzed their own surveys; Kim Rollins's surveys were analyzed by Institutional Research.
  • Results
    • Each librarian responded to two aspects of the survey, a) summary of data and b) use of results.
    • Lesli Baker
      • Summary of Data
        • Of the 21 course projects reviewed, 56.2 % of the citations and 69.5% of the annotations were rated as either excellent or adequate.
      • Use of Results
        • CLSS 1050 will be restructured to spend more time working with students to create citations and to evaluate their resources.
      • Full Report
    • Kim Rollins
      • Summary of Data
        • Most students use the library (86%), primarily to complete assignments. Students would like to see bibliographic citation managers added to Information Commons computers. Students would also like more materials added to the print book and online journal collections.
      • Use of Data
        • The Library will continue to add to its print and online collections. The Library will increase marketing for services that many students are not currently aware of, such as interlibrary loan, e-books, and account management.
      • Full Report
    • Tim Rowley
      • Summary of Data
        • Patrons using the Information Commons as a primary sources for research and production. Students using the IC are using it as their primary location for offered services. Patrons mostly find what they need on the IC computers and have only a few requests for additional services.
      • Use of Results
        • Adobe Photoshop and other software will be made available in the iC. A scanner attached to a computer with image editing software will be added in the main IC area.