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Check, please! Using a checklist for quick information literacy assessment
Assessment checklists are a quick and easy way to detect trends in students’ information literacy (IL) skills. The creation, use, discussion, and evaluation of these checklists at the University of Washington Bothell & Cascadia Community College Campus Library (UWB/CCC) has resulted in some best practices and contributed to a more robust assessment toolkit for librarians. The checklists have been found to be particularly helpful in doing quick and dirty assessment of student poster sessions or presentations within classes, and at events where student work is presented to a larger campus audience, such as a colloquium or research fair. They have thus provided an option for assessing IL learning outcomes beyond reviewing papers, bibliographies, or library worksheets. These rubric-type forms have also opened up discussions for instructional design, collaboration, and collection development with faculty, students and fellow librarians. This poster will display an example of one librarian’s checklists over time, showing how they provided her with a quick snapshot of weak student performance, how it gave clear evidence to discuss changes to the curriculum with her faculty, and how modifications to an assignment addressed this gap and improvement was clearly evidenced in the subsequent checklists.