Monday, October 28

Library End of Term Hours

Tuesday, October 29

10:45 AM - General Student Recital
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

11:00 AM - 2:00 PM - Happy Halloween Bake Sale
By the Brew

11:30 - 11:50 AM - Tuesday Reflection - Day of the Dead presentation, Pastor Kristen Glass Perez
Ascension Chapel, Founders Hall, 2nd floor

2:00 PM - Frieze Lecture: perceptions of African art, presented by Margaret Morse
Rock Island Library Community Room, 401 19th Street, Rock Island, IL

4:00 - 4:30 PM - Sign Language Table (Intermediate)
Center for Student Life, Sitting area outside of multipurpose room, 4th floor

4:30 - 5:00 PM - Sign Language Table (Beginners)
Center for Student Life, Sitting area outside of multipurpose room, 4th floor

8:00 PM - Webster Competition Recital
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

Wednesday, October 30

11:00 AM - 2:00 PM - Happy Halloween Bake Sale
By the Brew

12:00 - 1:30 PM - Assessment-based Strategies to Improve Academic Grit webcast
presented by Paul Gore, Assoc.Prof. of Education Psychology & Director of Institutional Analysis, University of Utah
Olin Auditorium

8:00 PM - Jazz Combo Performance
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

Thursday, October 31

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

10:30 AM - 12:30 PM - "Environments that Creat Learning" presented by Dr. Sarah Schoper, Western Illinois University
Gävle Room, Center for Student Life

10:30 AM - Art Research Presentation
Students from ARHI 365, Baroque Art present their research
Figge Art Museum, Second Floor, 225 W. 2nd Street, Davenport, IA

11:00 AM - 2:00 PM - Happy Halloween Bake Sale
By the Brew

5:00 - 8:00 PM - Micah House Halloween Party
Stop by for games and Halloween treats. Activities provided for children of all ages
Micah House, corner of 7th Avenue and 46th Street (4521 7th Avenue,) Rock Island, IL (rain location St. John's Church Hall)

Friday, November 1

4:00 - 5:00 PM - Friday Conversation: Week 10 Celebration (no presentation)
3:30 PM - Refreshments
Wilson Center

8:00 PM - Augustana Choirs Fall Concert
Performing are Augustana Choir, Jenny Lind, Cantilena Augustana, Wennerberg Men's Chorus, Augustana Kammerkör
Centennial Hall

Saturday, November 2

2:00 PM - Augustana Concert Band Concert
Centennial Hall

4:00 PM - Senior Recital: Katie Boardman, voice; Mary Neil, piano; Emma Leland, violin; Charles Neff, bassoon
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

8:00 PM - Augustana Symphonic Band Concert
Centennial Hall

Sunday, November 3

2:00 PM - Quad City Youth Choir
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and cn be purchased through the QCSO website. One ticket provides admission to both youth concerts.
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

3:00 PM - Quad City Youth Symphony Concert
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and cn be purchased through the QCSO website. One ticket provides admission to both this concert, and the Quad City Youth Choir concert
Centennial Hall

Volume 12, Issue 10 - October 28, 2013

Tredway Library

2011-2013 Assessment Projects

In the 2012-2013 school year, the Tredway Library undertook a new assessment project in LSFY. We replaced our previous, fixed-choice quiz with performance assessments, qualitative evaluations of students' facility performing defined, higher-level skills. Via performance assessment, we began to understand not just whether students deployed search mechanics effectively, but how they actually thought about their sources.

Our most important discovery was that "finding sources" is one of the easier elements of research for students. They are more likely to have difficulty developing topics, evaluating sources' arguments, and using sources to guide them toward their ultimate conclusions. Thus, we now recommend decreasing the emphasis on search in LSFY library visits and increasing the emphasis on evaluative and analytical skills related to the research process; we are developing new lesson plans and blended learning tutorials to help make this shift possible.

Special Collections conducted its own assessments in 2011-2012, based on the outcomes it had created for first-year students. This project was the precursor to Augustana's current participation in the Association of College and Research Libraries' "Assessment in Action" program, for which Special Collections is assessing the development of information literacy and intellectual curiosity--two of the nine college-wide learning outcomes--among first-years who visit Special in LSFY.

In the long run, the Tredway librarians "closed the circle" of assessment by not just improving pedagogy but also re-imagining our information literacy outcomes for first-year students in LSFY. As we noted in last week's faculty newsletter, "finding sources" is no longer an outcome in itself but a means to an end, that end being the kind of reflective, analytical thinking about sources that we know our students most need help with as they enter academic life.

We encourage everyone to at least read the executive summary of the assessment report. If you would like a copy of the complete report, please contact Stefanie Bluemle. If you have questions about the library's assessment projects, please contact Stefanie Bluemle, Amanda Makula, or Margi Rogal (for the performance assessment project) or Sarah Horowitz (for assessment in Special Collections).