Angela Newton, Amanda Lynch McPhee
Univ. of Leeds
“Enhancing Undergraduate Engagement with Knowledge and Research through Evidence-based Information Literacy Training”
IL assessment tool for undergraduates
Results and their implications
SCONUL IL Pillars
Based their questionnaire on 6 of the 7 pillars.
Comparing their data to Sheffield. The cross study with Sheffield enhances validity.
Recruited faculty from each school and provide evidence to each school. Develop best practices for developing IL skills. Kickstarting a larger conversation about IL.
What do you of expect undergraduates students?
Broke into groups, which was AWESOME so I could hear from UK librarians
The conversation was based on NOT recognizing information need but LIBRARY need.
Similarly to our experience, students aren’t very strong at evaluating and comparing information. They find something from a database but they don’t ask whether that is what they want. What’s interesting is that the data presented from the assessment contradicts this anecdotal finding.
Will be conducting a longitudinal study over time. How do students measure over time.
Locating and accessing information remains the biggest area of challenges. Does this connect to their web site at all? Are they conducting usability studies at all?
What you DO with the data that you get is truly exciting. But is the change only in their training vs. how we provide access to information?
Can this be developed as a pre-arrival tool?
Librarian from Darby pointed out that by using Google Scholar, we aren’t demonstrating their need to look any further.
Are students prepared to meet the academic demands placed on them?
How can we gauge assessment if we are assuming there is just one right answer? An argument for rubric-based assessment.
Good session. Really interesting.