May 25, 2022

New Research Article: “Measuring Library Impacts through First Year Course Assessment”

The following article was recently published by Communications for Information Literacy.


Measuring Library Impacts through First Year Course Assessment


Communications for Information Literacy
Vol. 11, No. 2


Holly Luetkenhaus
Oklahoma State University

Erin Hvizdak
Washington State University

Corey Johnson
Washington State University

Nicholas Schiller
Washington State University Vancouver


DOI: 10.15760/comminfolit.2017.11.2.6


This study shows the value of library instruction in the building of first-year students’ information literacy skills and it illustrates librarians as partners in leading student learning outcome assessment. Using research papers from a required first-year course, raters from units across the institution evaluated student information literacy (IL) skill development.

Students performed at a “Proficient First Year” level for most information literacy skill areas. The authors found there was a significant correlation between IL skill development and participation in one or more library instruction sessions. For this reason, the authors posit that liaison librarians are in a stronger and more stable collaborative position when they can demonstrate that their work has positive correlations with student learning.

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16 pages; PDF.

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