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CUYAMACA LIBRARY: mission, goals, PLOs

Introduction to Library PLOs assessment 2018-2022

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

Librarians partner closely with faculty to provide scaffolded information literacy instruction across the curriculum. Our instruction program targets core courses and supports the development of research skills throughout students' education.

Our assessment results are used to enrich student learning through the improvement of research assignments and to better align library instruction, collections, and services to academic programs.

Library assessment differs from academic assessment because library impact on student and faculty outcomes often can’t be measured directly.

  • We solicit feedback from students and faculty to determine if in-person instruction sessions are efective.
  • We solicit feedback from faculty after to determine if online research guides, and/or embedded librarian modules are effective learning tools.
  • We solicit feedback for Librarians about student usage of website, technology, and, collections.
  • We solicit feedback from Technicians about student usage of reserves, interlibrary loan, collections, and space

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) 2018-2022

PLO 1: The information literate student will demonstrate ability to construct and refine search strategies to find library sources.

PLO 2: The information literate student will use different Library research systems (databases and catalog).

PLO 3: The information literate student will demonstrate the ability to evaluate the content of selected sources. 

PLO 4:  The  information literate student will be able to use library website, research guides, or tutorials to access library sources.

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 focus on library instruction and align with the ALA standards  1,2,3  We did not choose ALA standards 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)

 

Library assessment differs from academic assessment because library impact on student and faculty outcomes often can’t be measured directly.

  • We solicit feedback from students and faculty to determine if in-person instruction sessions are efective.
  • We solicit feedback from faculty after to determine if online research guides, and/or embedded librarian modules are effective learning tools.
  • We solicit feedback for Librarians about student usage of website, technology, and, collections.
  • We solicit feedback from Technicians about student usage of reserves, interlibrary loan, collections, and spaces.