Library Reports on Information Literacy Assessment

During the spring 2012 semester, 225 UALR students took the Project SAILS (Standard Assessment of Information Literacy Skills) 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.)

The Ottenheimer Library Project SAILS team reported the results of the assessment at a meeting of the Chancellor’s Leadership Group on October 2 and an open forum for faculty on October 11. Project SAILS team members include J.B. Hill (director of public services), Carol Macheak (head of reference), and John Siegel (instruction coordinator).

Results of the assessment 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 are available in the Project SAILS final report.  Contact J.B. Hill, director of public services, at jbhill@ualr.edu for additional information.

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