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October 18, 2017

Quality Improvement Tools in the Library

Andrea L. Ball

Have you ever had a quality improvement (QI) project where you needed to analyze the data and then construct a game plan for moving forward? There are several QI tools that can help.   Let’s say you have the opportunity to revamp a library service and you decide to hold a series of focus groups….

July 20, 2017

Reflections from an assessment newbie

Laura Dimmit

Last week, the librarians here at the UWB/CC library met for a yearly event that is lovingly called the “Assessment Party.” This day was part of a larger project, focused on library learning outcomes for Cascadia’s College 101 course. College 101, also called College Strategies, is one of the primary courses targeted for instruction at Cascadia, and one that nearly…

February 13, 2017

Academic Libraries: Not Your Campus Living Room

Shannon Adkins

Image by Clemson University Libraries, licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0 In Project Information Literacy’s most recent Smart Talks, they speak with Joan Lippincott (Associate Executive Director of the Coalition for Networked Information) about physical library spaces and how they relate to teaching and active learning.  Spoiler alert: she even name-drops our very own Odegaard Library!…

February 8, 2017

Helping Students Develop Strong Research Topics

Jessica Martinez

As a new instructor,  assessment has been of great and immediate value to me. Recently, I asked students to write on a note card which new skill they were the most confident in and what they were still confused about. Overwhelmingly, the students stated that they were still unclear how to narrow down their research….

January 27, 2017

CAT Reminders

Reed Garber-Pearson

Image: cat mirror, licensed under CC-BY 2.0 I do apologize if this title was misleading, but I thought it the most effective way to draw in library readers. But alas, this post has nothing to do with the beloved library mascot (but here’s an obligatory cat video if you need one). Instead, it has to do…

April 15, 2016

The role of libraries in student retention – a few readings

Amanda Hornby

Megan Oakleaf’s 2010 Value of Academic Libraries report has become a foundational source for understanding how academic libraries can define and measure our value to students, faculty and the academic institutions we are a part of. There have been several studies since 2010 that look at the role of libraries in student persistence and retention. I…

March 17, 2016

Learning Management Systems Snafus: Get Involved to Solve Problems

Neal Parker

Learning Management Software (LMS) serves an integral role as a teaching, learning, and assessment tool. Despite the importance of LMS software, their reputation seems to be defined as products that routinely disappoint users. Michael Feldstein sheds some light on the problems surrounding LMS systems in his article “What’s Really to Blame for the Failures of Our…

March 4, 2016

Measuring the Effects of Virtual Librarian Intervention on Student Online Search

Neal Parker

Each year, academic librarians confront a daunting challenge: acclimating freshmen to the research expectations of college level coursework. In order to help these students, it is first necessary to learn more about the search habits they develop while in high school. Chris Leeder and Chirag Shah shed some light on the search strategies of high…

February 23, 2016

Key Issues in Teaching and Learning

Cassie Koldewyn

EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) has released the latest in The 7 Things You Should Know Series.  It discusses the top 7 issues in teaching and learning, as indicated by ELI’s annual survey. They are:   Academic Transformation Faculty Development Assessment of Learning Online and Blended Teaching and Learning Learning Analytics Learning Space Designs Accessibility and Universal…

February 16, 2016

Students at the Library – Research Consultation Assessment

Cassie Koldewyn

In the January 2016 issue of The Journal of Academic Librarianship the article, “Research Consultation Assessment: Perceptions of Students and Librarians” explores how students and librarians experience the relative success of in-person research consultations. In 80, paired surveys students and the librarians who consulted with them scored the usefulness of the interaction. The figure below…

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