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Cuyamaca Library: Mission & Program Review

Introduction to Library PLOs assessment

CC Library Instruction Program provides timely and responsive academic support for students by teaching information literacy. Librarians teach “one-shot” research classes, embedded in some online classes, provide one-on-one instruction at the reference desk; and create research guides to support specific assignments.

The Cuyamaca College Library has established an assessment process designed to improve student learning of information literacy skills.

Our PLOs support the Cuyamaca College Institutional Learning Outcomes. You may view PLO results in  Tracdat. Library PLOs are aligned with ALA -information literacy standards

Library Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

PLO 1: The information literate student will demonstrate ability to construct effective search strategies,

PLO 2: The information literate student will demonstrate ability to analyze search results from library research tools (i.e library catalog or the online databases).

PLO 3: The information literate student will demonstrate the ability to evaluate the quality and credibility of sources. 

PLO 4: The  information literate student will be able to independently use library website and/or research tools to access library sources.

PLO 5: The  information literate student will be able to identify various library circulation policies and services.

Our PLOs support the Cuyamaca College Institutional Learning Outcomes. You may view PLO results in  Tracdat. Library PLOs are aligned with ALA -information literacy standards

 

How did we select our PLOs?

For PLOs we chose to align with the ALA standards  1,2,3 (see below). We did not choose 4 and 5 because these standards take place in the classroom environment.  It is important to note that these are standards and NOT Program Learning Outcomes

  • Information literate students will be able to identify the nature & extent of the information needed (ALA Standard 1)
  • Information literate students will be able to access information effectively & efficiently (ALA Standard 2)
  • Information literate students will be able to evaluate information & its sources critically (ALA Standard 3)

PLO 1: The information literate student will demonstrate ability to construct effective search strategies,
      ​All Library PLOs relate to the goal of students becoming information literate upon completion of their academic goals. Students will demonstrate this PLO 1 skill in programs developed and delivered by instruction librarians. Information literacy skills, for example, include the abilities such as understanding keyword searching, using limiters in online database searching, recognize differences between Google searching and database keyword searching. ​
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This PLO is based on the ALA  Standards 1 and 2. You may view PLO results in  Tracdat

PLO 2: The information literate student will demonstrate ability to analyze search results from library research tools (i.e library catalog or the online databases).

     All Library PLOs relate to the goal of students becoming information literate upon completion of their academic goals.Students will demonstrate this PLO 2 skill in programs developed and delivered by instruction librarians. Information literacy skills, for example, include the abilities such as searching the library’s online catalog, navigating licensed databases, recognizing differences between magazine and scholarly journal articles.
     This PLO is based on the ALA Standards 1 and 2. 
​You may view PLO results in  Tracdat

PLO 3: The information literate student will demonstrate the ability to evaluate the quality and credibility of sources. 

The information literacy skills, for example, include abilities such as evaluating the content differences in magazine and scholarly journal articles, 
    This PLO is based on the ALA Standards 3. You may view PLO results in  Tracdat

PLO 4:  The  information literate student will be able to independently use library website and/or research tools to access library sources.

What MoA will be used to assess this PLO?
This PLO includes assessment of usability of library website and/or research tools (i.e. LibGuides).  This PLO will be assessed by gathering student, teaching faculty or library faculty feedback on our library website and Libguides. You may view PLO results in  Tracdat

     

PLO 5:The  information literate student will be able to identify various library circulation policies and services.

    All Library PLOs relate to the goal of students becoming information literate upon completion of their academic goals. Students will demonstrate this PLO 5 skill in programs developed and delivered by mulit-media technicians.     Information literacy skills, for example, include the abilities such as identifying various policies and services developed and delivered by library multi-media technicians.​

This PLO will be assessed by gathering teaching faculty feedback and/or student feedback on our library technical and circulation services.
You may view PLO results in  Tracdat.

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