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January 22, 2016

UW Active Learning Classroom Research & Pedagogy

Dan Mandeville

Odegaard Undergraduate Library and UW Information Technology have completed two years of research on Odegaard’s two Active Learning Classrooms (ALCs). The report on the first year’s research brought to light the ALCs’ contributions to teaching and learning, assessed ALC design, and identified best practices for teaching in the ALCs as well as recommending future directions….

January 15, 2016

SERU Survey: UW Results

Dan Mandeville

The Student Experience at the Research University (SERU) survey is a census survey designed to inform university staff, faculty, and administrators about undergraduate academic and student life experiences. The survey originated at the University of California Berkeley’s Center for Studies in Higher Education and was made available to Association of American Universities members in 2008. The…

July 13, 2015

4 Strategies for Engaging with First-Year Writing: An Interview With Julia Feerrar

Nicole Gustavsen

In the past year, Virginia Tech’s new Learning Services Librarian, Julia Feerrar, has spearheaded a campaign to reevaluate libraries’ engagement with first-year writing courses, with some great results. Here she is interviewed by Brian Matthews of The Ubiquitous Librarian about the project and four successful strategies that came out of it. These strategies included drop-in research studios, adaption…

March 23, 2015

Apply for ACRL Immersion 2015 through May 15

Dan Mandeville

In November 2015, ACRL will hold its Information Literacy Immersion Program in Nashville, TN. Many UW librarians are alumni of this intensive program, which provides librarians with interactive workshops on all aspects of information literacy over several days. The program is designed to accommodate librarians of all experience levels, from those new to instruction to those…

March 12, 2015

#DitchTheSurvey: Expanding Methodological Diversity in LIS Research

Dan Mandeville

Librarians love surveys, but when it comes to assessment and LIS research, it may be a good idea to play the field a bit with other methods. Thanks to Jackie Belanger and Amanda Hornby for sharing this article  on evidence-based library and information practice (EBLIP) from In the Library with the Lead Pipe, covering a…

February 10, 2015

Save the Date: Library Assessment Conference 2015!


The annual Library Assessment Conference, which was held here at UW this past August, has announced the date and location of the 2016 conference. From October 31st through November 2nd, the LAC will be held in Crystal City, Virginia. Mark your calendars and keep an eye out for more information coming soon.  

January 15, 2015

Application now Available for ACRL Assessment in Action Learning Community

Perry Yee

Another heads up! Applications are now being accepted for this year’s “Assessment in Action: Academic Libraries and Student Success” Learning Community. This seems like a great way to partner with your departments, faculty members, and other stakeholders around campus. It would be great to have representation from our Libraries so consider applying if interested. Applications…

December 5, 2014

Free Webinar: Formative Assessment Strategies for Library Instruction

Amanda Hornby

“Do you struggle to determine if your students are comprehending anything in your classes? Are you looking for ways to reinvigorate your teaching and engage students? If so, I hope you can join us next Thursday, December 11 at 1 PM EST for a free professional development webinar. This presentation will discuss the importance of assessing students during instruction…

October 1, 2014

Building Library Community through Social Media: ACRL Choice Webinar


As someone that occasionally posts on Facebook for the Foster Business Library, I want to learn more about how to engage students through social media. The ACRL Choice webinar “Building Library Community through Social Media” provided useful discussion of how to create a successful library social media program that is student-centered and interactive. The presenters,…

September 27, 2014

“Does Discovery Still Happen in the Library? Roles & Strategies for a Shifting Reality”: New Issue Brief from Ithaka S+R

Jackie Belanger

Continuing with the assessment and trend research theme for September, I wanted to highlight this latest issue brief from Ithaka S+R. In the short paper – released just last week on September 24 – Roger Schonfeld “explores how the vision that the library should be the starting point for research … is often in conflict with…

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