Library Assessment

Summary of Assessment for Summer 2007

  • 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: Random samples of annotated bibliographies created by students enrolled in CLSS 1050 will correctly cite and use standard evaluation criteria at an acceptable level of 80%.
    • Kim Rollins: Focus groups (faculty/staff and students) will provide an in-depth analysis of topics raised in a recent questionnaire to enlighten perspectives and insights on issues in that previous survey.
    • Tim Rowley: A survey will determine students' preferences for laptops, and wireless access in the new Library.
  • Method
    • The survey instruments were distributed, collected, and analyzed during the Spring Semester 2007.
  • 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 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
      • Focus groups assessment was not completed.
    • Tim Rowley
      • Summary of Data
        • Students response to their use of laptops, notebook PCs, and connection to campus wireless indicate most (70%) of computer owners use laptops/notebooks which they bring to campus (50%) and use them to write term or class papers or assignments (36%). They report a low rate of connection to the Internet (36% said "Yes") and a very low rate of connection to the campus wireless network (90% said "No").
      • Use of Results
        • The Campus IT Department has now made campus wireless service free to students and employees. Survey results were also used to determine allocations of facilities for laptop users in the new Library, which opens July 2008.