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.

Required courses

SI 501: Contextual Inquiry and Consulting Foundations

SI 530: Principles in Management

SI 544: Introduction to Statistics and Data Analysis

SI 622: Needs Assessment and Usability Evaluation

SI 623: Research Methods for Information Professionals

Selective required courses:

One of

SI 580: Understanding Records and Archives

SI 647: Information Resources and Services

Recommended courses:

SI 551: Information Behavior and Search Experience

SI 620: Collection Development and Management

SI 643: Instructional Skills for Information Professionals

SI 665: Online Searching and Databases