The Walker Library’s User Services Department offers librarian-led instruction sessions to support student learning at MTSU. User Services faculty work with instructors to design curriculum-integrated and assignment-based lectures, workshops, and research guides for face-to-face and online classes in order to teach students how to become active and responsible participants in scholarship, academic research, and creative projects.
The User Services Department teaches an information literacy curriculum based on the Association of College & Research Libraries’ definition:
Information literacy is the set of integrated abilities encompassing the reflective discovery of information, the understanding of how information is produced and valued, and the use of information in creating new knowledge and participating ethically in communities of learning (Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education, 2015).
University Seminar (UNIV 1010) Student Learning Outcomes
Research & Argumentative Writing (ENGL 1020) Students Learning Outcomes
Fundamentals of Communication (COMM 2200) Student Learning Outcomes
Survey of United States History I & II (HIST 2010 & 2020) Student Learning Outcomes
Introduction to Majors [e.g., The Historian’s Craft (HIST 3010), Introduction to Literary Studies (ENGL 3000), etc.] Student Learning Outcomes
Senior Capstone Courses Student Learning Outcomes
The James E. Walker’s User Services Department at Middle Tennessee State University assesses student learning in the library instruction classroom through a variety of assessment techniques. Additionally, the department continually assesses its overall library instruction program through faculty feedback, peer observation, and self-reflection.
I. Student Learning Assessment
Library instruction contributes to student success by providing students with the knowledge practices and dispositions to support their classroom learning, research, and creative projects. Student learning outcomes are assessed through both formative and summative techniques.
A. Formative Assessment
Librarians use formative assessment techniques in the classroom to assess student learning outcomes on-the-fly. This “in the moment” type of assessment allows librarians to judge students’ learning and adjust lessons to the students’ understanding of the material being covered. Some examples of formative assessment used by User Services librarians include:
B. Summative Assessment
Librarians administer end-of-semester surveys to faculty and students in order to gauge library instruction’s impact on student learning outcomes. The library also maintains relationships with other groups on campus that assess students’ mastery of information literacy. Some examples of summative assessment used by User Services librarians include:
II. Program Assessment
User Services librarians continually assess the overall effectiveness of the library instruction program through faculty feedback, peer observation, and self-reflection. Some examples of program assessment efforts include: