Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Classroom Assessment Techniques for Librarians

Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Classroom Assessment Techniques for Librarians

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Classroom Assessment Techniques for Librarians. By Melissa Bowles-Terry and Cassandra Kvenild. Chicago: ACRL, 2015. 140 p. Paper $36 (ISBN: 978-0-8389-8775-9).

Melissa Bowles-Terry and Cassandra Kvenild present Classroom Assessment Techniques for Librarians as a toolbox for instruction librarians seeking to create an assessment program in their academic library. Beginning by providing a basic introduction to educational assessment theory, Bowles-Terry and Kvenild build a foundation of understanding with their fellow instruction librarians regarding what assessment means and why it should be used in any library instruction program. Recognizing the difficulties instruction librarians face in implementing successful and useful assessment in the academic library world of one-shot sessions and one-day workshops, the authors fill each chapter with myriad creative and interactive sample assessment techniques designed specifically for each type of library education scenario, such as face-to-face one-shot sessions and online for-credit classes.

Each chapter follows a similar structure, beginning with a descriptive title identifying the purpose of the assessment techniques to be discussed (such as "Chapter 1: Assessing Prior Knowledge and Understanding" and "Chapter 4: Assessing Skill in Application"). …

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