To Lock or Not to Lock?

Slides from IGNIS Webinar (4/26/18) Last fall, I was working as a part-time librarian at a community college when a student approached me at the reference desk and asked where she could take her test. She explained that she needed to download a software called Respondus that would lock down her browser, and she needed… Continue reading To Lock or Not to Lock?

Who Succeeds in Higher Education? Questioning the Connection Between Academic Libraries & Student Success.

This is a rough transcript of the plenary session presented to the California Academic & Research Libraries conference on April 15, 2018. The full paper will be published in the conference proceedings. All errors, typos, and misunderstandings are my own and do not represent the views of anyone else, including my past, present, and future… Continue reading Who Succeeds in Higher Education? Questioning the Connection Between Academic Libraries & Student Success.

Libraries & learning analytics: A brief history.

March 5, 2018 -- Revised and updated from the original post on November 10, 2017.   A slide deck from EDUCAUSE made the rounds on Twitter last week, with many folks expressing shock about libraries & their involvement (complicity) in learning analytics efforts on higher education campuses. But this isn't new. Academic librarians have been… Continue reading Libraries & learning analytics: A brief history.

Observe, Reflect, Learn: Developing a Peer Teaching Observation Program in Your Library

This post corresponds with my presentation at the Canadian Library Assessment Workshop on Friday, October 27, 2017 in Victoria, British Columbia. Slides: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1Stx0qmaKZRM4SIGqoH9N3dqUMzNMCmHzJfuX8YYhr7M/edit?usp=sharing   Scenario - Leave No Trace You are the Assessment Librarian at a large university with a team of a dozen instruction librarians. Everyone is excited to embark on a new peer… Continue reading Observe, Reflect, Learn: Developing a Peer Teaching Observation Program in Your Library

Have we confused surveillance with assessment of student learning?

Somehow I had been blissfully unaware of Respondus Lockdown Browser until last week, when several students came to the library asking if we had this software available on our computers. If you’re not familiar with this product, Respondus is one of several LMS-integrated cheating-prevention tools. In simple terms, it shuts down a student’s Internet browser… Continue reading Have we confused surveillance with assessment of student learning?

Information literacy assessment. (Day 88/100)

My job title is Pedagogy and Assessment Librarian. I took a course called “Assessment” in my LIS graduate program. I just finished writing a 10-page year-end assessment report which I submitted to our University Assessment Director (and he looooved it). The point is, I should know a lot about assessment. I don’t. I’m still figuring… Continue reading Information literacy assessment. (Day 88/100)

I want your fight: On shame and #ACRL2017

This isn’t what I wanted to write about. When I envisioned my blog post that would sum up my experience at ACRL2017 in Baltimore, I was hoping to write about things like sitting front row for Roxane Gay’s keynote, having lunch with my mentee, attending sessions about the devaluing of feminized labor and the problems… Continue reading I want your fight: On shame and #ACRL2017

Resisting analytics in a correlation-crazy world.

Last Friday, I presented a six-minute lightning talk at the Library Assessments Workshop hosted by the Colorado Alliance of Research Libraries. Much to my supervisor's chagrin, I was frantically putting together my slides and practicing my talk at the end of the day on Thursday. Some of the disjointed brainstorming notes looked like this: Don't… Continue reading Resisting analytics in a correlation-crazy world.

Library Assessment Conference 2016, the day after: Next steps

I started out my last day of the Library Assessment Conference sharing biscuits, poached eggs, and strong coffee with Maoria Kirker, Instructional Services and Assessment Librarian at George Mason University, and fellow alum of the 2013 ACRL Immersion Teacher Track program in Seattle, Washington, where we met. I admire Maoria for lots of reasons: she's… Continue reading Library Assessment Conference 2016, the day after: Next steps

The power, the pressure of the post-test.

I've been an Assessment Librarian for about three months now. In a few days, I'll travel to Arlington, Virginia for the annual Library Assessment Conference, which I've never attended before. Sessions with titles like "The Illusory Holy Grail: Comprehensive Mixed-Methodology Assessment is No Better Than Using a Single Method; A Case Study on the 21st-Century… Continue reading The power, the pressure of the post-test.