Touro Libraries teach between 400 - 500 classes to undergraduate and graduate students every year. Since Touro college has established information literacy skills as one of the 8 General Education objectives, it is important to assess the students' research and library skills. By assessing, we can also learn what students are missing and what needs to be more emphasized in our instructions. Though the library's post-tests (tests that are administered at the end of each library session) are not necessarily providing us with the most accurate data, implementing them has helped us with identifying some of the problems our students are currently struggling with.
The library has been assessing a variety of skills and services in the last 10 years. At this time, our assessment plans at the Touro Libraries include the following:
Faculty can assess their students' information literacy skills in a variety of formats, such as minute papers, portfolios, self-assessments and rubrics. According to the Information Literacy Instruction Handbook (2008), a rubric is a matrix in which the criteria is in descriptive format and usually demonstrates levels of accomplishments. A rubric can be created for assessing one skill at a time, such as an annotated bibliography assignment, or for assessing information literacy skills in general.
For a recent report on Library Instruction Assessment to the General Assessment, please click on the PDF file below.