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Meet Sarah Clark, 2011 unCOILed Presenter!

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Hello, readers!  Welcome to our 7th and last installment of our Meet-the-Presenter Series here on the COIL Blog!  In the past few weeks we’ve met David Oberhelman, Jessica Moad,Paul Stenis, Ona Britton-Spears, Jason Cimock and Emily Z. Brown.  Today we’ll introduce you to Sarah Clark!

Remember, Preregistration for unCOILed 2011: Get Schooled is now open!  Sign up to see these wonderful speakers in action.

50 Minute Ph.D. or, Assessment for Librarians

Instruction Librarians have a problem. They know that information literacy is the most wonderful thing in the universe, or at least a great skill set for helping students learn how to learn. However, Administrators (and to a lesser degree faculty) don’t necessarily understand the importance of these skills to student learning and/or success. The answer? Assessment! But how do you create an effective assessment program that gets at the information you want and enables you to package it in a way that administrators will easily understand? This presentation presents a simplified version of a research design model taught at OSU’s School of Educational Studies that librarians can use in creating an assessment plan. The presentation will also discuss the benefits and drawbacks of using external assessment tools or programs like SAILS, RAILS, and LibQUAL. By the end of the hour, librarians will have the tools to
·         state their research problem,
·         formulate questions that, when answered, could solve the problem,
·         select effective quantitative or qualitative research method best suited for answering those questions,
·         execute the research, and
·         create a jargon-free document that presents the library’s information literacy efforts in the strongest way possible.

Here’s a little bit about Sarah:

Sarah Clark is Access Services & Distance Learning Librarian at Rogers State University and the immediate past chair of the Community of Oklahoma Instruction Librarians. She thought she knew a fair bit about assessing library instruction efforts until she went back to school and discovered she actually didn’t know the first thing about research. While still pretty ignorant on the subject, she will share a few guiding principles from educational research that will help you explain the value and effectiveness of library instruction to university administrators. When not busy with work or school, Sarah writes about the role of the academic library in higher education at the COIL blog as well as The Infoliterate University.

We asked Sarah a few questions:

1.  What made you want to present at this years unCOILed workshop?

COIL is one of the most enjoyable and practical library organizations in the state! I’ve been involved in COIL in one form or another since 2007, and never turn down a chance to give back.

2.  How long have you been a librarian?

I came to Rogers State University in February, 2005, and was promoted to Access Services & Distance Learning Librarian soon after my graduation from OU-SLIS in May 2006.

3.  What is your favorite thing about instruction?

My favorite things about instruction are the moments when I actually get a roomful of semiconscious freshmen excited about peer-reviewed sources at 8:30 AM. Hopefully I will learn some good tricks at unCOILed to make those moments more common…

Thank you, Sarah!  We’re looking forward to your presentation on July 22nd, at unCOILed 2011: Get Schooled!

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