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 Student Learning Outcomes

Introduction | Library SLOs 1,2,3 | SLO 4| SLO 5|SLO matrix |  ppt

SLO 5 Findings for Fall 2011

SLO 5: The student who interact with circulation staff will develop the IC skills of using library circulation policies and reserve policies.

Expected Outcomes

    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. see SLO matrix to view assessment quizzes

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 correctly.    see SLO matrix to view data.


     Student scores collected were analyzed with the use of mean score.  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.  The 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.

 

 

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