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Information Literacy Assessment Best Practices



Purpose: In efforts to "assist libraries in providing support and services for learning, teaching, and research and to assess and demonstrate that impact" (SIG), the Information Literacy Assessment Task Force investigated "best practices for assessment of information fluency and instruction" (G1).

This libguide highlights best practices for information literacy assessment, both at the programmatic and outcome-levels.  Additionally, this libguide provides tools for both student and instructor assessment.

Rationale (Us):  The foundation for this guide is drawn from Megan Oakleaf's research on Information Literacy Assessment Plans. Oakleaf advocates "comprehensive information literacy assessment plans, composed of instructional program-level and outcome-level components" articulating...

  • purpose of IL assessment
  • theoretical basis of assessment
  • IL goals and outcomes
  • assessment methods and tools
  • assessment results
  • implications of assessment

Oakleaf M. “Writing Information Literacy Assessment Plans: A Guide to Best Practice.” Communications in Information Literacy, vol. 3, no. 2, 2009, pp. 80–90.
Citing Oakleaf's article will also be necessary since it's the foundation for this tabbed framework.

Task Force

This guide was created by a task force of PALNI librarians.

Eric Bradley, Goshen College / PALNI
Rebecca Johnson, Manchester University
Jessica Mahoney, Franklin College
Sally Neal, Butler University
Edita Sicken, Manchester University
Ruth Szpunar, DePauw University / PALNI