Students have opportunities to learn about research and critical thinking skills in class sessions, individual meetings with librarians, and workshops outside of class time. The concepts and skills that librarians teach are designed to build in complexity and scope from an introductory level in the first year to an understanding and active use of a discipline’s literature in the senior year.
*See the Four-Year Plan for Instruction Goals for more discussion
Each department and concentration has unique methodologies, questions, and sources of evidence that have an impact on the ways in which research can be done most effectively in that field. A plan that identifies the key skills, when they are needed in the curriculum and how they relate to other skills allows for a more organized and more thorough grounding in research and critical thinking.
Librarians work with students and faculty to aid them in their research. They teach students information evaluation as well as research skills and strategies. At all academic levels librarians foster information literacy and critical reflection that allow students to develop as researchers and knowledge producers.
Staff members tailor library services to users’ needs and to that end seek feedback informally and from user questionnaires in order to make improvements particularly in terms of content and presentation. Questionnaires now in use are:
Overview of Assessment
Evaluation and Library Programs
Methodology & Analyzing Data
Resources on Assessment
Selected websites, articles, reports, and books that deal with issues involved in assessment within the context of higher education as well as more specifically within library programs.