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Assessment in Action








Assessment in Action is a program of the Association of College & Research Libraries, intended to teach assessment practices and leadership skills to academic librarians across the nation. GCC was selected to be a part of this program during its first year, the 2013-2014 academic year.

We chose to focus our project on the library’s collaboration with science faculty on scientific information literacy. Librarians and BIO 126 faculty, together, developed student learning outcomes, designed and implemented an information literacy program, and collected data to determine student abilities and attitudes on entering and exiting our introductory biology course. We discovered that, on the whole, students are gaining the skills, knowledge, and confidence we had hoped. Several areas for improvement were also recognized.

To view our full report, including an outline of the instruction done and the assignments and rubrics used, download our pdf AiAReport.

Additionally, Amanda Hyde (science faculty) and Liza Harrington (librarian) traveled to the American Library Association’s 2014 Annual Conference, to present a poster session of their results. We have also presented on this work at the ACRL 2015 conference; the Teaching, Learning, and Student Development Conference at Bristol Community College in April 2015; and at the Massachusetts Library Association Annual Conference in 2015.

This project is part of the program “Assessment in Action: Academic Libraries and Student Success” which is undertaken by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) in partnership with the Association for Institutional Research and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities. The program, a cornerstone of ACRL’s Value of Academic Libraries initiative, is made possible by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.


Assignments and rubrics:

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Contact information:

  • Liza Harrington, Librarian:; 413-775-1836
  • Amanda Hyde, Biology Faculty:
  • Jen Williams, Biology Adjunct Faculty: