October 11 Forum on Student Research Skills

The Ottenheimer Library Project SAILS (Standard Assessment of Information Literacy Skills) team will present the results of the spring 2012 assessment of UALR students’ research and information literacy skills at an open meeting for UALR faculty and staff on October 11 at 2:00 p.m. in Library 535.  Project SAILS team members include J.B. Hill (director of public services), Carol Macheak (head of reference) and John Siegel (instruction coordinator).

During the spring semester, 225 students took the Project SAILS cohort test. Based on the ACRL Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education, the SAILS test measures a variety of information literacy skills through a series of 45 multiple-choice questions. (For additional information on SAILS, visit the library website.)

Results of the test indicate that the research skills of UALR freshmen are below the average of other freshmen who took the test nationwide. UALR juniors and seniors, however, demonstrated comparable skills to their peers at other institutions.  Additional details on the assessment will be available at the October 11 forum.

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