Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Durrant and ILS Task Force Honored at CLIC Luncheon

CLIC awarded special honors for outstanding service to Ben Durrant and to the ILS Task Force at the CLIC luncheon on December 14, 2012.

Ben Durrant, Webmaster/Developer at the University of St. Thomas, was awarded the CLIC User Service Award for 2011-2012.  This award is presented annually to an individual within CLIC who has done the most to improve service to users during the past year. Ben was cited for his excellent work improving CLICnet's public display and mobile version.  As one nominator stated, "In all, Ben’s work provides great value for the students, faculty, and staff of our member institutions, improving their experience with the catalog and allowing us to show that CLIC is keeping abreast of current developments in library web services."

The CLIC ILS Task Force was awarded the CLIC Group Effectiveness Award for 2011-2012. This award is presented annually to a group within CLIC which has best exemplified group action for the benefit of CLIC and its mission. As one nominator summed up the Task Force's contributions, "For their persistence, patience, flexibility, analytical thinking, cogent writing, and energy and courage in the work they have already completed and the work they will continue in January in order to provide the analysis that the CLIC organization needs to make a good decision about the future of our shared system." The ILS Task Force members include Becky Schleicher, Paddy Satzer, Linda Hulbert, Emily Asch, Earleen Warner, Jon Neilson, Angi Faiks, Jennifer Carlson, and Dixie Ohlander.

For additional photos from the CLIC luncheon, see CLIC's Facebook page and CLIC News blog post.

Leif Enger at 2012 CLIC Luncheon

Award-winning Minnesota author, Leif Enger, was the luncheon speaker at CLIC's annual holiday event.  Leif is the author of Peace Like a River and So Brave, Young, and Handsome, and is currently writing his third novel.

After the luncheon, Leif signed copies of his books.

Special guests honored at the CLIC luncheon included new Minitex Executive Director Valerie Horton, former CLIC Executive Director Tom Nichol, and library directors Julie Rochat and Carol Johnson who are retiring at the end of this year.

There was also a drawing for door prizes and centerpieces, and four lucky winners went home with copies of Leif Enger's books.

For information on the 2012 CLIC Award winners, see the CLIC News blog post.  For additional photos from the CLIC luncheon, see CLIC's Facebook page.

Annual Authority Control Workshop Jan. 10

Time: 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Date: Thursday, January 10, 2013
Location: St. Catherine University Library (Room 110)

CLIC's annual Authority Control Workshop will be on Thursday, January 10, 2013 at St. Catherine’s library, Room 110.   Anyone from a CLIC member library interested in learning more about authority control and participating in hands on authority work is welcome.  In the afternoon there will be time to work independently at a computer station (bring your login information for Millennium and Connexion) on authority headings.  Do not plan to work from your own laptop.  We will periodically break for conversation, to share questions, concerns and/or best practices.

Mark Ehlert from MINITEX will join us in the morning session to provide us an update and answer our questions regarding RDA and RDA Authority Headings.  In the afternoon, session we will discuss how CLIC institutions will deal with RDA in the ILS.  There is also the opportunity to work on authority headings. 

Parking: A parking permit is required.  Please submit car owner's name, license plate number, and email address to Martha Vest (mrvest@stkate.edu) by Wednesday, January 2, 2013 to receive a parking permit for the event. 

Lunch: Bring your own lunch or purchase one at the cafeteria.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Registration now open for Assessment Immersion!

Andrea and Ginny can't bring Nashville and the Country Music Hall of Fame to St. Paul, but they can share what they learned at ACRL's 2012 Immersion Assessment Track workshop. Learn by doing as Andrea and Ginny guide you through selected techniques and strategies learned at Immersion. Focusing on course-based assessment, you will "corral your fears" and design measurable learning outcomes you can use this spring. Bring ideas for an instruction scenario along with an open mind.

January 18, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon (refreshments at 8:30 a.m.)

Program: CLIC Assessment Mini-Workshop: Update from the 2012 ACRL Immersion Assessment Track Conference

Presenters: Andrea Koeppe, UST, and Ginny Heinrich, Macalester

Location: Hall of Fame Room, Leonard Center, Macalester College, St. Paul

Cost: CLIC library staff - free. Non-CLIC - $10.00.

Registration: Pre-registration is required for CLIC and non-CLIC attendees.  To register, please email Maureen Fitzgerald at maureen.fitzgerald@clic.edu .

Questions? Contact Maureen or Ruth at the CLIC Office, 651-644-3878

Monday, December 10, 2012

Assessment at Macalester

The following post is submitted by guest blogger Ginny Moran Heinrich, Assessment Coordinator & Instruction Librarian at DeWitt Wallace Library, Macalester College, and summarizes her presentation at CLIC's Kick-off Program on October 26.

At the DeWitt Wallace Library at Macalester College, formal and informal assessment has been going on for a long time, and this year’s CLIC focus on assessment is giving us a good opportunity to reflect on all that we have been doing over time. One of the strengths of the library has been that assessment is not something for which only one person has responsibility. The library has a group of staff involved in assessment planning, bringing expertise and varied perspectives to our approach to assessment. This has broken down many barriers that other institutions may experience, in that there is a spirit contribution from all staff, using a variety of strategies. The following are some examples of the various ways we have captured information to assess our activities and inform ourselves and our communities.

In 2009, the library started publishing our “dashboard,” which acts a little like an annual report’s executive summary. Our particular implementation is based on a model created by the Indianapolis Museum of Art, and we use it to highlight different things each year, across the library’s operations and instruction programs. While initially this was developed primarily as a promotional vehicle for the library itself, we have found that it is used by other campus audiences in ways not specifically anticipated by the library. In particular, the campus Development Office has found it to be useful:

The library's dashboard offers a wonderful visual perspective on key areas of use. The statistics allow us to communicate specifically about the library's stable and strong relevance in a time of constant change for how information is collected and absorbed. With the dashboard snapshot, our reports become much more than a list of titles and authors; it's clear that students and faculty rely on the library as a vital and integral resource for advancing their scholarship.

In addition, the dashboard is used by the Admissions Office for tour information and by people applying for jobs and practicum positions in the library. 

While the dashboard provides a certain snapshot of library activities, it, of course, has limitations. Lack of context for the information is one of them. While it’s interesting to know the average number of people coming into the library in a week, for example, we don’t know how many of them are unique visitors or repeat visitors, and we don’t know what they’re doing once they’re here. Also, by it’s nature, it doesn’t include qualitative analysis; for that we look to other tools such as the MISO (Measuring Information Service Outcomes) survey for general satisfaction and individual usage patterns (to be implemented in spring 2013), and the RPS (Research Practices Survey) for student research competency (administered in Fall 2012). Nonetheless, this tool helps us share our activities with the broader community and provides a touchpoint for us.

Looking at instruction, in Fall 2012 we started taking attendance at instruction sessions and research consultations by collecting student ID numbers and course number and section information when possible. For instruction sessions, we use a Google form open on an iPad and pass the iPad around so students may enter their information or we obtain a class list from the faculty member and enter the student information for the class from that. To track consultations, we simply ask students for the information. Ultimately, we want to see how the number of information fluency instruction sessions or consultations a student attends impacts their performance in various areas. Specifically, to start, we want to look at:
  • Overall grades
  • Grades/performance in capstone and honors projects
  • Critical thinking skills
Eventually we would like to examine any correlations between the number of information fluency instruction sessions or consultations a student attends to other indicators such as academic department information fluency-related outcomes. Collecting this will also tell us exactly how many students participate in information fluency instruction as part of a class or as individuals, as we can create an unduplicated count with the ID information. Starting to collect attendance information now lets us begin with the first class asked critical thinking questions tied to Macalester’s Statement of Student Learning as part of a survey given to all first year students. Collecting ID information also lets us collect additional data about student performance without resurveying students, helping us minimize student survey fatigue. That’s a “win” for everyone.

A less formal feedback mechanism we use is our Ask & Tell comment board. While we provide an online comment “box,” the regular pen-and-paper box is used the most. Through this tool, we receive a mix of collection purchase suggestions, comments about space use, and other random questions or comments. We usually receive about one comment per week; our goal is to respond within 24 hours. Responses are posted on the comment board along with the original question. Informal information collection strategies such as this one have helped us choose furnishings and evaluate iPad check-out services. Not every assessment tool has to be a “formal” one to be effective; it just needs the right attention and mindful reaction.

As we are developing our assessment plan for the next couple of years, and are looking across our various activities, it’s exciting to see all the things we’re doing and what we’re learning. Assessment is about asking questions in order to learn and then acting on what we learn; in many ways, isn’t that the heart of a liberal arts education?