In June, Lisa Norberg, Dean of the Barnard Library and Academic Information Services, attended the 5th International Conference on Quantitative and Qualitative Methods in Libraries (QQML) (pdf) in Rome, Italy. She presented a co-authored paper on the Barnard Library’s use of the Understanding Library Impacts protocol. The Understanding Library Impacts (ULI) protocol was first piloted at Barnard with the History Department in 2011 and was repeated with History this past spring semester. It has also been adapted to examine student use of  the new Empirical Reasoning Lab (ERL) and the ERL services this past academic year.

The ULI protocol is a suite of library assessment instruments intended to help colleges and universities understand how students use information services and resources to achieve discipline-specific and general education student learning outcomes (SLOs). A critical incident technique questionnaire examines information use during academic coursework. A separate curriculum mapping component aids analysis by linking information use to faculty-defined SLOs and their assessment. Quantitative and qualitative data are gathered to demonstrate the ERL’s contributions to student learning and to generate user stories to support formative assessment and advocacy for the ER curriculum.