Students May Demonstrate Information Literacy Skills Following Library Instruction


  • Robin Elizabeth Miller University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire



A Review of:

Luetkenhaus, H., Hvizdak, E., Johnson, C., & Schiller, N. (2017). Measuring library impacts through first year course assessment. Communications in Information Literacy, 11(2), 339-353.


Objective – To determine whether there is a correlation between information literacy skill development and participation in one or more library instruction sessions.

Design – Learning outcomes assessment.

Setting – A public research institution with multiple campuses.

Subjects – 244 first-year undergraduates enrolled in a compulsory general education course during the 2014-2015 academic year. All subjects completed a series of library research assignments, followed by a final research paper. 65% of subjects participated in at least one library instruction session as part of the course, and 35% did not.

Methods – The researchers convened six librarians and six instructors/faculty to score 244 research papers using a rubric designed to measure six possible information literacy learning outcomes. Evaluators established inter-rater reliability through a norming session, and each artifact was scored twice. The authors analyzed rubric scores using Ordinary Least Squares regression modeling.

Main Results – Participation in a library instruction session correlated with higher rubric scores in three information literacy learning outcomes: argument building; source type integration; and ethical source citation.

Conclusion – Students may achieve greater information literacy learning outcomes when they participate in course-integrated library instruction.


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Author Biography

Robin Elizabeth Miller, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

Robin Miller is Associate Professor and Assessment & Instruction Librarian at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. She received an M.S. in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.




How to Cite

Miller, R. E. (2018). Students May Demonstrate Information Literacy Skills Following Library Instruction. Evidence Based Library and Information Practice, 13(2), 100–102.



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