Ensuring Valid and Reliable Assessments of Student Learning
This “hands on” preconference focuses on authentic, performance-based assessments of student work. Beginning with “artifacts of student learning” such as worksheets, bibliographies, research logs, or paper drafts, participants will examine artifacts to identify the information literacy skills students exhibit and draft rubrics to assess those skills. Participants will be able to state the advantages and disadvantages of rubric assessments and identify common flaws in rubric design to avoid. They will also be introduced to the process of “norming” rubrics so that multiple librarians or instructors can use them reliably and effectively. To ensure the maximum practical use, participants should bring their own “artifacts”…student work samples are perfect, but lesson plans, lecture notes, course assignments, etc. are good too!
Instruct, Engage, Influence: How Educators Can Become Agents of Organizational Change
Library organizations are full of people with talent, insight, energy, and ambition who don’t necessarily have the formal authority to make and implement decisions on their own. Even those in management roles often find that using authority is not the most effective way to get things done. Working with and through other people is an essential skill for anyone who wants to see their ideas take root. This interactive session will help you discover how to shape others’ opinions and move your ideas forward without relying on positional power. Drawing on our collective experience as educators, we will find parallels between what we already do to engage and influence learners and what we can potentially do to engage and influence colleagues.
The Role of Library Leadership in Advocating for Information Literacy
Carol Everhart, Director of Library Services, Tarrant County College - Trinity River
Dr. Ellen Safley, Director of Libraries, The University of Texas at Dallas
Pat Van Zandt, Assistant Dean of Scholarly Resources and Research Services, Southern Methodist University
Too often we, as instruction librarians, get inundated in our own efforts that we don't realize all of the behind-the-scenes work directors, deans and department heads put in that facilitates library instruction and information literacy initiatives. This panel session will discuss the constraints under which our supervisors work and how they navigate turbulent campus waters to garner support for library programs.