Learn how five minutes can get you skilled, targeted assessment

For Immediate Release
Tue, 09/08/2015


Liz Steiner

Marketing Manager

ALA Publishing


CHICAGO — ALA Publishing has brought back the popular workshop How to Improve Your Library Instruction: Assessment in 5 Minutes with Sarah Steiner. This workshop will last 90 minutes and is hosted live at 2:30 p.m. Eastern on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015. When you’ve got a one-hour, one-shot library-instruction session scheduled, speedy and accurate student assessments are of paramount importance.

In this workshop, information literacy expert Sarah Steiner will show you how five minutes of skilled, targeted assessment is all you need to give you a precise understanding of students’ needs, learning, and retention. Drawing from real-life examples, Steiner will discuss how to write the best assessment questions and use inexpensive survey tools to gauge learning while you interact with students.

Topics include:

  • how to write effective learning outcomes;
  • how to ask questions that get you useful information;
  • examples with analysis on what other academic libraries are doing;
  • choosing an assessment model;
  • selecting appropriate assessment tools.

About the Instructor:

Sarah Steiner is the head of research and instruction services at Western Carolina University Library in Cullowhee, North Carolina. She has over a decade of professional experience with instruction and assessment, virtual and in-person reference coordination, and social media planning and management. She is cofounder of the Carterette Series Webinars, a free and open access training series for librarians. As a 2011 Library Journal Mover & Shaker, Steiner was recognized for creating networking and professional development opportunities for librarians.

Registration for this workshop is available on the ALA Store. You can purchase registration at both individual and group rates.

These workshops are designed to give you and your staff the opportunity to participate in a hands-on learning experience that will help you make the best technology decisions for your library.

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