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Cuyamaca Library: Mission & Program Review

Introduction to Library PLOs assessment

CC Library’s Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)  are designed to improve student learning of information literacy skills in programs developed and delivered by instruction librarians. 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 student will demonstrate the information literacy skill of constructing effective search strategies (i.e keyword, advanced, truncation)

PLO 2: The student will demonstrate the information literacy skill of analyzing search results from appropriate information retrieval tools (i.e library catalog or the online databases). 

PLO 3: The student will demonstrate the information literacy skill of evaluating sources. 

PLO 4: Students will demonstrate information literacy skill of independently using library research tools to access library sources

PLO 5: Students will identify various library policies and services that provide them with equitable access to library collections..

You may view PLO results in  Tracdat . 

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)
  • Information literate students will be able to use information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose (ALA Standard 4)
  • Information literate students will be able to recognize the economic, legal & social issues surrounding the use of information & will be able to use it ethically and legally (ALA Standard 5)

The student will demonstrate skills of constructing  effective search strategies (i.e keyword, advanced, truncation)
      ​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

The student will demonstrate the ability to analyze search results from appropriate information retrieval 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

The student will demonstrate the information literacy skill of evaluating a 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

Students will demonstrate information literacy skill of using library research tools to access library sources.

All Library PLOs relate to the goal of students becoming information literate upon completion of their academic goals.  

This PLO will be assessed by gathering student, teaching faculty or library faculty feedback on our online instructional tools, information retrieval systems and services. You may view PLO results in  Tracdat

     

Students will identify various library policies and services that provide them with equitable access to library collections.

    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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