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Cuyamaca College Library arrived at their SLOs Libraries by adopting ACCJC/WASC and ACRL standards.

     I refer to library usage skills listed on the Basic Skills Student Program Student Learning Outcomes matrix and the ACCJC/WASC Accreditation Standard II.C (p 43-45) stated below:

             ❑ Evidence that the library evaluates the effectiveness of student learning during courses, workshops on information competency and use of the library and learning support services (LLSS).

             ❑ Evidence that data linking purchases to educational programs and SLOs defined by educational programs and by assessments of student learning.

             ❑ A description of library acquisition plans related to educational plans.
                • Data and analyses of the institutional evaluations of library holdings by faculty (or disciplines or      programs), students, and any external reviewers.
                • Other analyses showing relationship between library use and student learning.

             ❑ Evidence that holdings are related to educational programs and that all educational program needs have adequate materials in the library.

Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Guidelines

 In 2003, the Association of College and Research Libraries approved guidelines for information literacy best practices, which emphasize ten categories of instructional efficacy, including assessment and evaluation. The ACCJC require the construction of program and course level SLOs. Cuyamaca Library examined the information competencies used by the national professional organization called The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL).  In January 1999, The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) published five Standards that define information literate students and adult learners.  Cuyamaca Library has selected sections (not all) of Standards 1, 2, 3 as assessable program level SLO statements. ACRL Standards 4 and 5 will be assessed in the stand alone course, LIR 110.

ACRL Standard One: Define the Information Need and Research Topic

  1.  Articulates information need in order to develop, focus, and revise a thesis or research question.
  2.  Develops knowledge of various formats of information sources and how they are produced, organized and disseminated.
  3.  Differentiates between scholarly and popular literature, primary and secondary research, and current vs. historical research.

ACRL Standard Two: Develop a Search Strategy; Locate and Retrieve Information

  1. Selects the most appropriate investigative methods or resources (interviews, fieldwork, lab experiments, library catalog, databases, Internet, etc.) in order to retrieve relevant information.
  2.  Identifies keywords, synonyms, and controlled vocabulary in order to construct an effective search strategy.
  3.  Uses Boolean logic, truncation, proximity indicators, and indexes in order to efficiently and effectively search for information.
  4.  Understands bibliographic citations and call numbers in order to locate information.
  5.  Retrieves information in various formats both online and in person, including primary research through interviews, surveys and experiments, and the use of services such as Circuit, Link+, and Interlibrary Loan.
  6.  Documents sources using appropriate citation style guides in order to avoid plagiarism.

ACRL Standard Three: Evaluate Information; Incorporate Information into Knowledge Base and Value System

  1.  Summarizes the content of information sources in order to identify the main points and knows when it is appropriate to paraphrase and use direct quotes.
  2.  Evaluates information in order to determine its reliability, validity, accuracy, authority, timeliness, point of view or bias.
  3.  Analyzes information in order to determine if it is an appropriate source for their current information need (scholarly or popular, primary or secondary, etc.)
  4. Sees relationships between concepts, investigates differing viewpoints, and participates in class discussions in order to incorporate new information into knowledge base and value system.

ACRL Standard Four: Use Information to Accomplish a Purpose .

  1.  Plans and creates a product or performance, using paraphrases and direct quotes, in order to clearly communicate the project to others.

ACRL Standard Five: Use Information Legal and Social

  1.  Accurately and appropriately documents sources, and uses paraphrases and direct quotes in order to avoid plagiarism.
  2.  Understands issues related to privacy and security, censorship, intellectual property and copyright in order to use information responsibly.
  3.  Legally obtains, stores, and disseminates text, data, images and sound.

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