Three for: Documenting Your Impact

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The 2012-2013 school year is upon us!  One of my goals this year is to improve my methods of assessment.  School librarians are often so busy teaching that they forget to assess the learning taking place.  Can you imagine a classroom teacher NOT assessing student learning?

I hope that the three resources I have gathered for this post are as helpful/motivational to you as they have been to me.

  • “Assessing Learning: the Missing Piece in Instruction?” by Violet H. Harada and Joan M. Yoshina is an article I reread often.  It motivates me to keep looking for ways to assess learning in my library.
  • Ross Todd’s “The Evidence-Based Manifesto for School Librarians” summarizes much of the discussion at the 2007 Leadership Summit sponsored by School Library Journal.  He discusses evidence-based practice as it applies to school libraries, shares multiple types of evidence we can be collecting, and provides questions to guide us as we consider student outcomes and how we can share the good news.
  • The University of South Carolina’s School of Library and Information Science: SLMImpact  This awesome wiki includes tools, resources, strategies, and additional readings for proving your library’s impact.  Many of the links on the Tools page provide ways to assess student learning.

How do you assess student learning in your school library?