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* Information Literacy at D'Amour for Instructors

 Information Literacy Instruction Works!

Our students regularly demonstrate information literacy. One of the ways we assess their abilities is the semi-regular Standardized Assessment of Information Literacy Skills (SAILS), a test open to students in any level and major. Results of the most recent Spring 2015 test speak volumes about the caliber of WNE students and the Information Literacy Program. Highlights include:

  • Overall, WNE students performed better than peers from other similar U.S. Masters-granting institutions.
  • First-year students especially excelled, performing better in comparison to other schools than any other academic level of WNE students.
  • Our students did best in the "Using Finding Tool Features" portion of the test.

These results show that meeting with each and every Western New England student multiple times in their first year pays off. Our first-year students are more proficient in information literacy than those at similar institutions. But the fact that the gain drops off after that first year shows that there is still work to be done. Students benefit from multiple exposures to library instruction beyond the first year as well. We welcome instructors of upper-level classes to make use of our discipline-specific program and other services​.

See detailed test results in the report below:

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