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Southern Illinois University Carbondale: Project Description

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Primary Outcome Examined (select one or more)

(No) Student Learning: Assignment

(No) Student Learning: Course

(No) Student Learning: Major

(No) Student Learning: Degree

(No) Student Engagement

Student Success

(No) Academic Intimacy/Rapport

(No) Enrollment

Retention

(No) Completion

Graduation

(No) Articulation

(No) Graduates' Career Success

(No) Testing (e.g., GRE, MCAT, LSAT, CAAP, CLA, MAPP)

(No) Other (please describe)

Primary Library Factor Examined (select one or more)

Instruction

(No) Instruction: Games

(No) Instruction: One Shot

(No) Instruction: Course Embedded

(No) Instruction: Self-Paced Tutorials

Reference

(No) Educational Role (other than reference or instruction)

(No) Space, Physical

(No) Discovery (library resources integrated in institutional web and other information portals)

(No) Discovery (library resource guides)

(No) Discovery (from preferred user starting points)

(No) Collections (quality, depth, diversity, format or currency)

(No) Personnel (number and quality)

Other (please describe)

Research Consultations with Liaison Librarians

Student Population (select one or more)

Undergraduate

(No) Graduate

(No) Incoming

(No) Graduating

(No) Pre-College/Developmental/Basic Skills

(No) Other (please describe)

Discipline (select one or more)

(No) Arts

(No) Humanities

(No) Social Sciences

(No) Natural Sciences (i.e., space, earth, life, chemistry or physics)

(No) Formal Sciences (i.e., computer science, logic, mathematics, statistics or systems science)

(No) Professions/Applied Sciences

(No) English Composition

General Education

(No) Information Literacy Credit Course

(No) Other (please describe)

AiA Team Members (select one or more)

(No) Assessment Office

(No) Institutional Research

Teaching Faculty

(No) Writing Center

(No) Information/Academic Technology

Student Affairs

(No) Campus Administrator

(No) Library Administrator

(No) Other Librarian

Other (please describe)

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Methods and Tools (select one or more)

Survey

(No) Interviews

(No) Focus Group(s)

(No) Observation

(No) Pre/Post Test

(No) Rubric

(No) Other (please describe)

Direct Data Type (select one or more)

(No) Student Portfolio

(No) Research Paper/Project

(No) Class Assignment (other than research paper/project)

(No) Other (please describe)

Indirect Data Type (select one or more)

(No) Test Scores

GPA

Degree Completion Rate

Retention Rate

(No) Other (please describe)

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Inquiry Question (150 words open)

What was the project's primary inquiry question?

  1. Do students meeting 2-3 Student Learning Outcomes after an individual consultation with a librarian have higher measures of student success (i.e., retention rate, time-to-degree completion, GPA) then students who do not have a consultation?

Executive Summary (150 words open)

  • How does the project align with your institution’s priorities and needs?
  • Why did you choose the outcome and library factor as areas to examine?
  • Why was the team composition appropriate?

  1. A survey tool was developed to assess learning outcomes for students who participate in research consultations with liaison librarians.Data collection is ongoing and results have not yet been analyzed. Once data collection is complete, data from the campus Office of Institutional Research will be tabulated with survey results to determine whether students who have a research consultation have higher measures of student success (i.e., retention rate, time-to-degree completion, GPA) than students who do not.

  • What are the significant contributions of your project?
  • What was learned about assessing the library’s impact on student learning and success?
  • What was learned about creating or contributing to a culture of assessment on campus?
  • What, if any, are the significant findings of your project?

  1. Data collection is still happening.

  • What will you change as a result of what you learned (– e.g., institutional activities, library functions or practices, personal/professional practice, other)?
  • How does this project contribute to current, past, or future assessment activities on your campus?

  1. Conclusions at this point in data collection would be in premature. However, one
    very useful anecdotal finding from the process of implementing this assessment
    project is that a cultural shift which places more value on the assessment process is imperative at the library.

Please list any articles published, presentations given, URL of project website, and team leader contact details.

  1. Amber Loos
    Health Sciences Librarian and Assessment Coordinator
    Morris Library
    Southern Illinois University Carbondale
    aloos@siu.edu
    618-453-1448

A survey tool was developed to assess learning outcomes for students who participate in research consultations with liaison librarians.Data collection is ongoing and results have not yet been analyzed. Once data collection is complete, data from the campus Office of Institutional Research will be tabulated with survey results to determine whether students who have a research consultation have higher measures of student success (i.e., retention rate, time-to-degree completion, GPA) than students who do not.
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LOOS_poster.pdf LIAISON LIBRARIAN RESEARCH CONSULTATIONS & STUDENT SUCCESS