Library Assessment Plan
Using guidelines provided by the CSUN Office of Academic Assessment, the following documents outline the Library's assessment program:
- Library Assessment Plan, 2011-2016
- Library Assessment Planning Guide
- Information Competence Instruction Program & Curriculum Alignment Matrix
Student Information Competence Outcomes
The following skills are based on the Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education (Association of College and Research Libraries, 2000), which are the basis of our Information Competence Program and Research, Instruction and Outreach Services:
Students will be able to:
- Determine the nature and extent of the information needed, for example:
- Identify keywords or subject terms that describe the information need;
- Differentiate between popular vs. scholarly, specific vs. background, and primary vs. secondary sources of information;
- Define or modify the information need to achieve a manageable focus.
- Access needed information effectively and efficiently, for example:
- Recognize the type of information source needed;
- Construct a search strategy using appropriate commands and keyword or subject terms for the information retrieval system, including Boolean logic, truncation, and limiters;
- Recognize when search strategies have to be refined;
- Retrieve information online or in person using a variety of methods, such as:
- Online catalogs
- Periodical databases
- Classification schemes
- Inter-library loan/document delivery services
- Evaluate information and its sources critically and incorporate selected information into his or her knowledge base and value system.
- Individually or as a member of a group, use information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose, for example:
- Develop a product or performance to communicate the results of research (annotated bibliography, research paper, class presentation, portfolio, etc.)
- Demonstrate understanding of the many economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information, and access and use information ethically and legally, for example:
- Recognize plagiarism;
- Recognize the need for and how to authenticate into the library's online resources;
- Cite sources using a consistent documentation style.
Objectives for Library Collections
The Oviatt Library . . .
- Collects and provides access to a variety of primary and secondary print, manuscript, media, and electronic resources to support the curricular information needs of students and faculty.
- Collects and provides access to a variety of primary and secondary print, manuscript, media, and electronic resources to support the research needs of students and faculty.
- Actively engages in outreach to collaborate with faculty on the development of library collections to support curricular and research needs.
Objectives for Library Services
The Oviatt Library . . .
- Provides courteous, capable, and responsive service that demonstrates professionalism and pride in our work.
- Creates a physical environment conducive to study and research.
- Provides open hours that takes into consideration both the schedules of our students and faculty and the realities of budgetary constraints.
- Provides skillful and engaging individualized point-of-use instruction, both in-person and virtual, that helps students develop their information competence skills.
- Actively engages in outreach to collaborate with faculty to develop assignments and instructional experiences that develop students' information competence skills.
- Provides skillful and engaging classroom instruction, which helps students develop their information competence skills.
- Facilitates searches for needed information by maintaining the efficient organization of and timely access to the Library's print and manuscript collections, including course reserves.
- Facilitates searches for needed information by maintaining the efficient organization of and timely access to electronic resources via its Web pages, including course reserves.
- Facilitates use of audio/video resources by maintaining the efficient organization of and timely access to media resources, including collections, equipment, and the University Video Network.
- Facilitates effective use of information by providing equipment (i.e., computers, printers, copiers, etc) and software to extract needed information from either online or print formats.
- Provides timely access to resources of other libraries via inter-library loan and/or document delivery, as appropriate, to supplement Library collections.