For immediate release | November 15, 2011

Improve your library instruction with five-minute assessment: New workshop with Sarah Steiner

CHICAGO - ALA Editions announces an exciting new workshop, How to Improve Your Library Instruction: Assessment in Five Minutes with Sarah Steiner.

When you’ve got a one-hour, one-shot library-instruction session scheduled, speedy and accurate student assessments are of paramount importance. 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

Registration for this ALA Editions Workshop is available on the ALA Store at both individual and group rates. The workshop will last 90 minutes and will take place at 2:30 p.m. EST/1:30 p.m. CST/12:30 p.m. MST/11:30 a.m. PST on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012 .

Sarah Steiner is the social work and virtual services librarian at Georgia State University Library in Atlanta. A former learning commons librarian, she plans and teaches courses on information literacy and academic honesty. She is co-founder of the Carterette Series Webinars, which highlight trends, innovation and best practices in Georgia libraries. As a 2011 Library Journal Mover & Shaker, Steiner was recognized for creating networking and professional development opportunities for librarians.

ALA Editions 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.

ALA Store purchases fund advocacy, awareness, and accreditation programs for library professionals worldwide.


Dan Freeman