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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
Outcomes matrix and the
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
- Articulates information need in order to develop, focus, and
revise a thesis or research question.
- Develops knowledge of various formats of information sources and
how they are produced, organized and disseminated.
- Differentiates between scholarly and popular literature, primary
and secondary research, and current vs. historical research.
ACRL Standard Two: Develop a Search Strategy; Locate and
Selects the most appropriate investigative methods or resources
(interviews, fieldwork, lab experiments, library catalog, databases,
Internet, etc.) in order to retrieve relevant information.
Identifies keywords, synonyms, and controlled vocabulary in order
to construct an effective search strategy.
Uses Boolean logic, truncation, proximity indicators, and indexes
in order to efficiently and effectively search for information.
Understands bibliographic citations and call numbers in order to
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
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
Summarizes the content of information sources in order to identify
the main points and knows when it is appropriate to paraphrase and use
Evaluates information in order to determine its reliability,
validity, accuracy, authority, timeliness, point of view or bias.
Analyzes information in order to determine if it is an appropriate
source for their current information need (scholarly or popular, primary
or secondary, etc.)
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
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
- Accurately and appropriately documents sources, and uses
paraphrases and direct quotes in order to avoid plagiarism.
- Understands issues related to privacy and security, censorship,
intellectual property and copyright in order to use information
- Legally obtains, stores, and disseminates text, data, images and