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Library Instruction Program

Provides more information for Wichita State University teaching faculty and instructors about critical thinking, information and digital literacies, and library instruction.


Assessment is a crucial element of the University Libraries' instruction program.  Assessment activities allow us to identify

  • concepts students do not understand fully and skills they have not mastered
  • opportunities for us to enhance the effectiveness of our instruction
  • the impact our instruction has on student learning and success.

We select assessment tools based on factors like whether a course has student learning objectives on information literacy and library research skills, how much time a librarian spends giving instruction,and how many students participate in the instruction.  The tools range from one-minute papers to sets of activities spanning an entire semester.  Sometimes we collaborate with professors teaching courses to integrate assessment into assignments.  Assessment is the foundation for continuous improvement of our instruction and a resulting increase in student learning.

In an effort to provide consistency amongst the research instruction offered by WSU Libraries, librarians have identified a core set of student learning outcomes that can be used in designing authentic assessment techniques and as a foundation for our Curriculum Mapping project. The learning outcomes are tied to the Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education.

While most learning outcomes will target specific skills and concepts required in individual courses, the following are a selected list of student learning outcomes used by teaching librarians at WSU Libraries.

After participating in library instruction, students will be able to:

  • analyze a topic in order to determine the best disciplinary databases in which to find information.
  • construct an effective search strategy in order to find information on a topic.
  • identify and access scholarly resources in order to retrieve information for their topic.
  • describe the characteristics of a peer-reviewed article in order to find scholarly sources for research papers.
  • critically evaluate information sources in order to determine the source's accuracy and authority.
  • synthesize and analyze information from different sources in order to fully understand their topic.
  • assess sources retrieved from different databases in order to determine if they have enough information to complete their projects.
  • cite resources in various formats in order to provide proper credit.
  • identify and discuss issues related to censorship and freedom of speech in order to responsibly share and use information.
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