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2nd Biennial Kathleen A. Zar Symposium

We’re Teaching, But How Do We Know If They’re Learning?
Assessment of Library Instruction Activities
2nd Biennial Kathleen A. Zar Symposium
Friday, June 3, 2011
The John Crerar Library/The University of Chicago

For more information about the symposium:
http://www.lib.uchicago.edu/e/crerar/kaz2011.html

Call for proposals
The organizers of the 2nd Biennial Kathleen A. Zar Symposium to be held Friday, June 3, 2011 invite proposals for presentations in the area of assessment of library instruction activities. Proposals should be submitted using the form found at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/kaz2011 . Invited and contributed presentations will provide a framework for thinking about library assessment, as well as describing practical approaches for measuring learning outcomes. Proposals selected for full oral presentation will be eligible for a travel stipend.

Please consider the following questions when preparing proposals:
• How do we evaluate the effectiveness of our library’s instruction programs?
• What kinds of tools and techniques may be used to provide evidence that library instruction contributes to positive learning outcomes?
• Should I partner with faculty or other groups on campus in doing this kind of assessment?
• How can the assessment of instruction programs be helpful in demonstrating the library’s value to your community?
Specific topics for presentations may include (but are not limited to):
• Evidence based librarianship in library instruction
• Effective, sustainable, and practical assessment
• The role of the library in learning outcomes
• Demonstrating the value and impact of library instruction
• Methods and tools for assessing learning in library environment (Examples: Rubrics, Clickers, Pre- and Post-Tests, Grades or other curricular performance measures)

The symposium organizers will also consider interactive alternatives to a traditional oral presentation. Proposals for small group exercises, demonstration of specific assessment techniques or other interactive activities will be given consideration. We will be offering presenters who do not wish to, or are not selected to make a full oral presentation the option of participating in a round of “lightning talks”. These ultra-short format talks will offer a forum for sharing additional techniques, research findings or other focused information.

About the symposium series:
The Kathleen A. Zar Symposium is a biennial event held at the John Crerar Library of the University of Chicago. The symposium series is made possible through the generous support of Howard Zar.

Session organizers contact information:
Andrea Twiss-Brooks, 773.702-8777, atbrooks@uchicago.edu
Barbara Kern, 773.702-8717, bkern@uchicago.edu

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