Libraries and Archives Assessment
Mastery courses are special types of courses that require students to demonstrate synthesis of the major theories, methods, and approaches to inquiry and/or schools of practice necessary for entry into a particular career in the information professions.
Library and Archives Assessment Mastery Course Description
This course provides students the opportunity to gain mastery in approaches and methods to be used in assessment activities in libraries, archives, and cultural institutions. Information professionals are increasingly required to assess the importance and value of services and resources to determine how well they are serving their users. Students will conduct a semester-long project in which they evaluate user services, assess digital initiatives, information services, collections, spaces/facilities, electronic resources, or usability of library/archives websites. The course project will include a process of recognizing assessment needs, collecting both qualitative and quantitative data, analyzing and interpreting data to make decisions and improve information services. Students will also engage with established methods of library assessment, such as LibQual. The students will have learning opportunities to improve their professional presentation and report writing skills as well as project management skills.
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