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SLO 5 Findings for Fall 2011
The student who interact with circulation staff will develop the IC skills
of using library circulation
policies and reserve policies.
Students will be able to identify 4 out of 5 library
circulation policies and 4 out of 5 reserve collection policies.
Methodology and Data collection for Fall 2011:
This is our first attempt to implement a
quantitative approach to data collection. We designed two multiple-choice
quizzes, the first quiz to assess student ability to identify circulation
desk policies and the second quiz to assess student ability to identify
reserve collection policies.
The two quizzes were distributed to students over a 6-week period beginning
November 10, 2011 and ending December 15, 2011.The
circulation desk quiz was distributed to 100 students who have interacted
with the circulation staff at some time during the semester. The reserve collection desk quiz was distributed to
100 students who have interacted with the circulation staff at some
time during the semester.
Students were asked to complete the survey only if they have received “prior
instruction” from the library circulation staff on circulation and reserve
collection policies. Prior instruction is defined as any instruction from
library staff given at the beginning of the Fall 2011, beginning August 23,
2011 and ending on November 1, 2011.
Assessment tools for Fall 2011:
The Library staff designed two separate surveys, one to assess student
ability to identify reserve policies and one to assess student ability to
identify circulations polices.
Both surveys, for example, target specific circulation and reserve policies.
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Conclusion for Fall 2011:
The quantitative assessment of students’
ability to identify circulation desk
policies and reserve collection policies produced the following numbers. For circulation desk policies, 55
out of 100 students answered 4 or more questions correctly. For reserve
collection policies, 71 out of 100 students answered 4 or more questions
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Student scores collected were analyzed with the use of
The mean score is the average of all the raw scores. Instead of reflecting a
student's rank compared to others, mean scores indicate how far above or
below the average (the "mean") an individual score falls.
mean score for reserve policies is 3.80 and the mean score for circulation
polices is 3.41. Since our expected outcomes for both surveys is to reach
the mean score of 4.0 and since our results were lower than we expected,
we will survey students again in
Spring 2012. The raw scores show 71 out of 100 students could identify at
least 4 or
more reserve policies and 55 out of 100 students could identify at least 4
or more circulation policies.
The raw numbers and mean scores are highly satisfactory even though we did
not meet out 4.0 expected outcomes.
Recommendations for Fall 2011:
1. Implement revised quizzes in Spring 2012
beginning March 1, 2012 and ending April 1, 2012.
2. Revise the wording on the assessment
tools for Spring 2012 implementation for questions 1,4,5 on circulation quiz
and questions 4,5 on reserve collection quiz.
3. Advise the circulation staff to be more proactive
in describing the policies to each student.