Cuyamaca College Library
INTRODUCTION TO SLO 4
CC Library is a "teaching library" with a mission to increase student information competency
CC Librarians are collection development specialists
who have the responsibility of anticipating student information needs. We
select materials based on what the students need, not so much on what
students want. Students depend on librarians to decide the best way to
obtain the information they need. We hold to this philosophy because it the
only way to build student information competency skills. The purpose of this SLO assessment is to improve library
instruction program. The
surveys we have chosen to use will allow us to identify student users and
their specific information needs.
In order to develop student IC skills, it is important that CC Library develop library collections that meet the research needs of the CC students. Collection development involves evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of current collections, carefully selecting new materials in all formats, promoting the use of library materials, and continuing the effort to find the most effective means of providing information. The gateway to navigating the student use of the library collections is through Cuyamaca Library's website which provides links to library systems such as the catalog, electronic books, reference e-books, databases, tutorials.
SLO 4 :
Students will demonstrate the ability to independently
access and use
library collections made available from the Library homepage.
Spring 2012 semester data collection hand out forms to students from reference desk and in Living Room, when student return a completed form to the reference librarian, they get a piece of candy. Numbers of students expected to assess 200 students.
Eight (8)out of 192 students (i.e. 4%) who filled out the SLO 4 survey claim to use 7 to 13 of the links (library sources) listed on the library homepage. However, 61% of students of the students surveyed are independently using some kind of resources on the library homepage. Statistics show 110 students checked 1 to 6 links (library sources) listed on the library homepage. This suggests that perhaps these students needed to use only certain resources. Expecting a result of using 7 to 13 sources on the library website was perhaps unreasonable, as 4% is very low and implies that most students don't understand what we offer. Also, 8 students filled out the form incorrectly which suggests an assessment tool design flaw or that they didn't understand the survey.
Recommendations and changes we will make
In the spring of 2013, the form will be re-designed to be more simple and streamed-line. The check all that applies will not be used. The students will be asked about the usage of no more than four library resources with only three possible responses. This will give tighter results, better interpretation of the data and more accurate assessment of independent learning and usage of the library's website resources.