First Year Experience Program

All First Year Experience (FYE) classes visit the Library for Information Literacy Instruction.  This enables the Library to reach new full time students with an introduction to the resources we provide and offers a jump start in the development of research skills.  Classes consist of instruction by a librarian, a group assignment, and conclude with an assessment.  An Outcomes Assessment study gauges student’s knowledge after their first encounter with library instruction and provides a snapshot of a student’s information literacy skills early on in their college career.  This helps the Library evaluate our instruction methods as well as provide insight into our Information Literacy Instruction program’s impact on students.   

The assessment data was collected in the form of a ten question quiz using i>clickers in the Library’s electronic classroom (L410ec).  The questions were used to address four of the Information Literacy Competency Standards for college students set by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL). 

During the Fall 2012 and Spring 2013 semesters the Library taught 45 FYE classes and reached 850 FYE students with an overall assessment average of 75%.

Below is a report of the questions used in the assessment and the corresponding ACRL Competency Standard:

Determine the nature and extent of information needed

Questions

Correct

1. I have an assignment that requires use of library resources. What should I do first?

66%

2. What are some methods I can use to help me modify my topic to a manageable focus? 

79%

Access needed information effectively and efficiently

Questions

Correct

3. How do I find books and other resources here in the library?

63%

4. Can I get library materials from other libraries sent to me at NVCC for free?

87%

5. How do I figure out if a source that I've found will be helpful and appropriate?

79%

6. Once I have a pretty good idea for a topic, how do I find web-based resources?

66%

Evaluate information and its sources critically; select information to use

Questions

Correct

7. Are there advantages to using the databases NVCC provides over just Googling my topic?

78%

8. The "full text" limiter in the databases ensures that everything in the result list is a complete article not just an abstract. True or False?

81%

9. A peer-reviewed article is a scholarly article that has been carefully checked and edited by subject experts. True or False?

81%

Ethical issues of access and use

Question

Correct

10. Which of the following do I NOT need to create a citation for?

71%