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CofC Libraries Instruction Assessment: Student Learning Outcomes

CofC Libraries are committed to ongoing assessment of our instruction services.


This page is designed as a workspace where librarians will identify Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) as well as coding techniques for assessment of those SLOs.

Outcome for Library Instruction Assessment 2015-2016 (11/12/15):

  • Develop a standard set of student learning outcomes for all library instruction sessions and an assessment instrument based on the Framework for Information Literacy produced by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL).
  • Assessment Method
  • Convene team of librarians who teach library classes to familiarize themselves with the Framework document, discuss how these national standards affect the College of Charleston’s curriculum, draft a set of student learning outcomes for library instruction and develop an assessment instrument to measure student learning.  

Performance Target 1: Conduct the pilot project with LIBR 105 students enrolled in Spring 2016.

Performance Target 2: By June 30, 2016, assess the results of the pilot project and plan revisions and future deployment.


  • LIBR 105 instructors will use the draft set of student learning outcomes and the annotated bibliography signature assignment during Spring 2016 courses.
  • Joey and Jannette will have a pilot coding system and assessment plan by 5/1/16. We will assess the pilot in May and June and include our results and plans for the future in the Library Instruction Assessment Plan Update 2016.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Develop compelling research questions

  2. Identify contextually appropriate tools and resources to answer research questions

  3. Employ effective and efficient search strategies to find a range of appropriate information sources

  4. Critically evaluate information according to discipline specific parameters of authority

  5. Use information ethically, avoiding plagiarism and respecting the intellectual property of others

  6. Contribute to ongoing scholarly conversation by producing new information content and building on previous scholarly efforts

Adapted from:
Carncross, M. (2014). LIB 201: Using libraries today [Syllabus]. Retrieved July 2, 2015, from

Student Learning Outcome (SLO) Coding

This space will contain coding techniques that can be used to assess Library Instruction SLOs.