As library educators help the academic community incorporate information literacy into the curriculum and instruct students so they become information literate, the role of assessment becomes key-and problematic. What should be assessed, how should it be examined, and is there even a valid and feasible set of assessment tools? This work helps library educators serving students from the pre-kindergarten level through high school address information literacy assessment issues systematically within their own settings. Global trends and cultural contexts are duly noted in exploring assessment processes and use, as well as in analyzing and categorizing existing assessment instruments. Farmer and Henri also investigate the factors affecting information literacy: instructional strategies, learning activities, collaborative practices, resources, learning environment, curriculum, and administrative support. Library educators will greatly appreciate the systematic approaches to assessment products and processes for information literacy offered in this resource.
Dr. Lesley S.J. Farmer, Professor at California State University Long Beach, coordinates the Library Media Teacher program. Dr. Farmer chairs the IASL Information Literacy SIG and serves in leadership roles within the American Library Association and other professional organizations. James Henri was teacher librarian in one of the first open plan secondary schools in Australia. He is currently Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Hong Kong.
Part 1 Preface: The Back Story Part 2 Introduction Chapter 3 1. Definitions of Information Literacy Chapter 4 2. The Importance of Information Literacy Chapter 5 3. Learning, Information Literacy, and Assessment Chapter 6 4. The Conditions for Information Literacy Assessment Chapter 7 5. The Role of Assessment Chapter 8 6. Assessment Processes Chapter 9 7. Problems in Assessing Information Literacy Chapter 10 8. Existing Information Literacy Assessment Instruments Part 11 Bibliography Part 12 Index Part 13 About the Authors