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Discovering the value that the library can contribute to quality teaching and learning through student evaluation data

Palmer, Stuart 2012, Discovering the value that the library can contribute to quality teaching and learning through student evaluation data, in ALIA 2012 : Proceedings of the Australian Library and Information Association Biennial Conference, Australian Library and Information Association, Sydney, N.S.W., pp. 1-11.

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Title Discovering the value that the library can contribute to quality teaching and learning through student evaluation data
Author(s) Palmer, Stuart
Conference name Australian Library and Information Association Biennial Conference (2012 : Sydney, N.S.W.)
Conference location Sydney, N.S.W.
Conference dates 10-13 July 2012
Title of proceedings ALIA 2012 : Proceedings of the Australian Library and Information Association Biennial Conference
Editor(s) [unknown]
Publication date 2012
Conference series Australian Library and Information Association Biennial Conference
Start page 1
End page 11
Total pages 11
Publisher Australian Library and Information Association
Place of publication Sydney, N.S.W.
Keyword(s) Library resource quality
Student evaluation of teaching
Summary Large surveys of library user service quality perception are common. However, student evaluation of teaching (SET) data often show a disparity between ratings of library service quality and library resource quality. In this situation, perhaps SET data can also provide insights into what contributes to the perception of library resource quality, and hence identify leverage points for quality improvement interventions. This paper documents an analysis of available Deakin University SET data relating to student interaction with, and evaluation of, library resources. It highlights significant correlations associated with library-related SET items, and from them infers actions that the library could undertake to improve the value and perception of the quality of library resources. The following results were observed. High ratings for library resources were likely to be associated with high general ratings of teaching and unit quality. Postgraduate coursework students rated library resources significantly higher than students in the first three years of undergraduate programs. Students in one faculty (Health) rated library resources significantly higher than students in all other faculties. There was a strong correlation observed in Australasian Survey of Student Engagement data for both 2009 and 2010 between the two items “Used library resources on campus or online” and “Worked on an essay or assignment that required integrating ideas or information from various sources”. These findings suggest the following conclusions. Well-planned learning environments are likely to integrate meaningful student interaction with the library. Initiatives to improve the value and perception of the quality of library resources should be focussed on the specific characteristics and needs of particular student cohorts to have maximum impact. More sophisticated assessment tasks that require students to interact with the library have the potential to result in higher student ratings of the value of library resources.
Notes Reproduced with the kind permission of the copyright owner.
Language eng
Field of Research 080706 Librarianship
130303 Education Assessment and Evaluation
Socio Economic Objective 890302 Library and Archival Services
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
ERA Research output type E Conference publication
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