Document Type

Conference Presentation

Publication Date

January 2010


Loyola Marymount University's (LMU) Reference Department designed a rubric to measure student learning outcomes for freshman English. Students sequentially completed an "English 110 Library Research Worksheet” during library instruction. The rubric which is set up to analyze learning outcomes from parts of the ACRL Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education is applied to collected student worksheets. The Department undertook a multi-step process to try to calibrate the rubric and achieve consensus estimates of inter-rater reliability. During fall 2009, reference & instruction librarians collected 755 worksheets and graded a random sample of 100 students. This poster session will present the assessment results, both strengths and weaknesses and how that information will impact library instruction for fall 2010.

Citation / Publisher Attribution

Acosta, E. & Gardner, S. (2010, June). Solving the Rubrics Cube: Using Assessment to Sharpen Library Instruction. Poster session presented at the annual conference of the American Library Association, Washington DC. Available at: