Begin at the End: Engineer your Library Instruction through Analysis of Student Bibliographies and Citations

Wednesday, April 10, 2013
9:00 a.m. - noon


Student papers and bibliographies are the products that truly demonstrate whether students employ information literacy skills. In this preconference, examine different strategies for the analysis of student papers to measure information literacy outcomes. Practice developing assessment criteria and rubrics, rate sample student papers, and analyze results. Discussion willfocus on how to use the findings to change library instruction, and to engage faculty in meaningful conversations about research assignments.

Preconference presenters will address issues and provide case scenarios in which participants will work through the challenges and successes of the assessment process from beginning to the end. Based on the presenters’ experiences at their institutions, attendees will have the opportunity to:

  • Explore and develop administrative and conceptual processes needed to construct this type of information literacy assessment process
  • Articulate potential criteria to assess and develop their own sample rubric 
  • Simulate the assessment with actual student papers using their rubric or rubrics shared by the presenters
  • analyze this type of assessment considering internal instructional challenges and external faculty collaboration

Learning Outcomes

  • Articulate what information literacy skills can be assessed using bibliography and citation rubrics
  • Create criteria for bibliography/citation rubrics and use them to assess student papers for selected information literacy skills
  • Analyze the potential challenges and advantages of this form of assessment in general and for their local institutions


Candice Benjes-Small, Coordinator of Information Literacy and Outreach, Radford University; Elizabeth Kocevar-Weidinger, Instruction/Reference Services Librarian, Longwood University; Luke Vilelle, Public Services Librarian, Hollins University


Separate registration fee required.  Due to limited space, preconference registrations cannot be confirmed until we have received and process payment.

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ACRL Personal Member $135
ALA Member $175
Nonmember $215
Full-time Library School Student $75
Unemployed/Non-salaried ALA member 

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