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 a pre-assessment, instruction by a librarian, a group assignment, and conclude with an assessment.  The assessments gauge student’s knowledge before and 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 is collected in the form of a six question quiz using i>clickers in the Library’s electronic classroom (L410ec).  The questions were used to address the six frames of the new Framework for Information Literacy draft developed by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL). The 6 threshold concepts covered in the session are as follows:

  1. Scholarship is a Conversation
  2. Information has value
  3. Searching as Exploration
  4. Authority is Constructed and Contextual
  5. Research as Inquiry 
  6. Format as a process

During the Fall 2012 and Spring 2013 semesters, a 10 question post test reflecting the 2000 standards was used. In 2012-13, the Library taught 45 FYE classes and reached 850 FYE students with an overall assessment average of 75%. In 2013-14, 894 students were reached with an assessment average of 79%.