"Written for academic library practitioners and administrators, this work provides advice for those who wish to determine the information literacy levels of students, whether for an entire institution, a single instructional session, and something in between. The authors (all of Kent State U.) describe the key characteristics, definitions, required resources, and processes of different assessment tools, including surveys, interviewing, focus groups, knowledge tests, concept maps, performance assessments, and portfolios. They also describe how to analyze collected data and apply results."
Reference & Research Book News
"Throughout this guide, the authors cover formal and informal assessment techniques for use both in and outside of the classroom. Works cited and suggestions for futher reading abound. Overall, this book is an excellent guide and should be required reading for all librarians implementing information literacy at their institution."
Reference & User Services Quarterly
"By arming librarians with knowledge of the core information literacy assessment tools, the authors make significant strides in advancing information literacy assessment. As an instructional text, the guide is clearly structured and eminently readable, and both beginning and veteran librarians will find this resource accessible, either as a cover-to-cover read or as a scan able handbook. Consequently, the work is a valuable resource and complement to the journal literature in the area of information literacy assessment."
Library & Information Science Research
"Assessment is an important topic for all academic libraries and one that can be challenging to both understand and to implement. This book does that and more in an immensely well-written and accessible guide to the subject of assessment for academic librarians…This is an essential title for every academic library engaged in information literacy instruction. Its comprehensive yet easy-to-understand presentation will guide both the uninitiated and the experienced librarian in choosing and implementing appropriate assessment measures."
"A consistent strength of this book is the clear layout, with the use of icons for key indicators such as time, money, level, domain and access to participants, degreee of academic collaboration and the need for outside expertise. . . . A secondary benefit is the comprehensive way each theme is addressed with sections, which could be used to help social research enquirers who are concerned about methodology. The clarity of the text is enhanced by diagrams and tables and figures."