Assessment in Action: Design Team Member Biographies

The people listed below are working to design, implement and evaluate a new program “Assessment in Action: Academic Libraries and Student Success” (AiA), made possible by the Institute for Museum and Library Services. AiA will strengthen the competencies of librarians in campus leadership and data-informed advocacy.

April Cunningham

April Cunningham is Instruction/Information Literacy Librarian at Palomar College in San Marcos, CA. She presents and publishes on issues facing instruction librarians, including innovative pedagogy, faculty collaborations, and working conditions.  Her most recent presentations reported findings from her dissertation on community college librarians’ efforts to sustain instruction programs.  She also has facilitated workshops on action research, introducing librarians to procedures for generating and analyzing data.  At Saddleback College, April has guided the college’s Educational Planning and Assessment Committee in its efforts to assess Information Competency as an institutional learning outcome.  She has served on the LOEX Executive Board and is currently a Director-at-Large for Community Colleges for the California state chapter of ACRL.  April received an EdD in Educational Leadership from California State University, Fullerton, a Master of Library and information Science degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a BA in literature and writing from the University of California, San Diego.

Carrie Donovan

Carrie Donovan is Head of Teaching & Learning for the Indiana University Libraries, where she works with students, faculty, and instructors to connect the Libraries to student learning. Carrie’s contribution to information literacy and learning assessment is made evident through her publications and presentations on the topic, as well as her engagement in professional organizations. One of her recent publications is a chapter co-authored with Sara O’Donnell entitled The Tyranny of Tradition: How Information Paradigms Limit Librarians’ Teaching and Student Scholarship in the book Information Literacy and Social Justice: Radical Professional Praxis edited by Shana Higgins & Lua Gregory (Library Juice Press, expected in Spring 2013). As convener of the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) Information Literacy Working Group, she led a group of librarians in integrating the measurement of information seeking, evaluation, and use into the NSSE benchmarks for student engagement. At IU, Carrie advocates for information literacy assessment across the curriculum to ensure the libraries’ centrality to disciplinary discourse and student learning. To that end, she established a grant program for faculty and librarians to collaborate on the redesign of courses that incorporate the research process as a central element. Carrie’s own research areas of interest include the review and reward of librarians’ teaching, student-centered learning for library instruction, and critical information literacy. Carrie received her Master of Library Science degree from Indiana University.

Deb Gilchrist

Debra Gilchrist is Vice President for Learning and Student Success at Pierce College, a community college in the Puget Sound region of Washington State.  In addition to academic and student affairs, she leads efforts focused on regional accreditation and achievement of institutional outcomes. She has published and presented for over a decade on outcomes assessment as a tool for change, demonstrating the contributions of academic libraries through assessment of both learning and program impact and quality.  Serving as a collaborator with Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe, they designed and led ACRL’s workshops and webinars on utilizing the Standards for Libraries in Higher Educationfor planning and demonstrating library contributions to student learning and success.  She has served ACRL as an inaugural faculty member in the Immersion program since 1999 and was honored with the Miriam Dudley Award in 2007. Debra has a PhD in Higher Education Leadership from Oregon State University and an MLS from University of Denver.

Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe

Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe is Professor, University Library and Coordinator for Information Literacy Services and Instruction at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. A past-president of the Association of College and Research Libraries, ACRL launched the Value of Academic Libraries Initiative during her presidency. She has presented and published widely on the value of academic libraries and library assessment, evaluation, and innovation.  With Debra Gilchrist, Lisa was also the lead designer for ACRL’s training program for the Standards for Libraries in Higher Education. One of her most recent publications is the co-edited book Environments for Students Growth and Development: Libraries and Student Affairs in Collaboration (ACRL, 2012). Lisa is coordinator for information literacy services at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, professor in the University Library, and an adjunct faculty member in the university’s library school. Lisa received her Master of Education and Master of Library and Information Science degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a BA in philosophy from the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota.

Kara Malenfant

Kara Malenfant is Senior Strategist for Special Initiatives at ACRL, where she coordinates government relations advocacy and scholarly communication activities and is the lead staff member on the Value of Academic Libraries initiative. She provides consulting services on organizational development and use of ACRL’s Standards for Libraries in Higher Education. One of her most recent publications is the co-authored report from ACRL's 2011 IMLS Collaborative Planning Grant Connect, Collaborate, and Communicate: A Report from the Value of Academic Libraries Summits. Kara began her position at ACRL in fall of 2005, after working for six years at DePaul University Libraries in Chicago. She holds a PhD in leadership and change from Antioch University, an MS in library science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a BA in English from Allegheny College.