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Campus Library Assessment : Project-based Activites

The Assessment Team

The Assessment Team is charged with supporting assessment efforts at the Campus Library. The group works to implement relevant projects around the assessment of library services and resources, and explore new and existing methods for gathering, analyzing, and communicating assessment information.

The following is a list of recent projects:

  • Cascadia College student and faculty surveys (Winter quarter 2014)
  • Small-scale assessment to improve student study spaces (ongoing, 2014-15)
  • Mixed-method assessment to impove services for international students (2013-14). Summary of findings & recommendations below.

International Students and the Library

Since 2010, University of Washington Bothell’s international student enrollment increased eightfold, and Cascadia College’s enrollment doubled. To address the emerging needs of this population on campus, the Campus Library’s Assessment Team sought to determine how international students experience and use library spaces and services, how they seek information, and what barriers they experience to the access and use of library resources, including staff and librarians.

Follow the links to view the Assessment Team's executive summary and full report on this project. 

During the 2013-2014 academic year, the Assessment Team gather information from UW Bothell students through focus groups, photo diaries and interviews. 

From preliminary findings we identified practical impacts on the library’s services, marketing and outreach approaches, our teaching and pedagogical practices, the need for staff and librarian training and support, and broader applications:

  • Teaching and Pedagogical Practices
  • Enhance international students' learning in the classroom
    • Recognize group work challenges and developing strategies for mitigating them
    • Foster a culturally inclusive classroom environment that values international students' experiences and backgrounds, encourages participation, and facilitates the development of domestic students' communication skills and understanding of their international peers

  • Training and Support for Librarians and Staff
  • Encourage a reflection of how our own assumptions about this population have changed over the course of this project
  • Enhance staff and librarians’ understanding of international students and their needs and barriers by providing examples of how libraries differ worldwide, by recognizing different academic and cultural backgrounds, and by identifying information seeking behaviors and study habits
  • Identify evidence-based training and support for librarians and staff (e.g. culturally inclusive instruction strategies, facilitating effective group work, cross cultural communication skills, knowledge of other cultures and languages, etc.)

For more information on this project, see the Assessment Team International Student Project guide
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