Welcome to the 2017 MLA Annual Conference! This year’s theme is Radical Librarianship - the power of libraries to provide access to the truth, strengthen our community voices, create opportunity for exploration and innovation, and assist our patrons to build a better future. Libraries have always been radical, but what does Radical Librarianship mean for us today? Join us at the 2017 MLA Annual Conference to help shape that conversation!
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Thursday, October 5 • 10:30am - 11:20am
From the Ground Up: Re-framing Assessment @ The Carl B.

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In adopting the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy, Carl B. Ylvisaker Library librarians found themselves re-evaluating their assessment plans. For 2017-18, we will be assessing the use and communication of a single frame (Authority is Constructed and Contextual) in instruction sessions, at the reference desk, in the Archives, in internships, in student-worker training, and in sample surveys across campus. In doing so, we will work with librarians, our Circulation/ILL Manager, our Curriculum Center Assistant, our Archivist, our Serials Coordinator, and campus faculty to "measure twice, cut once" to assess the frame of Authority. In doing so, we hope to measure students' everyday understanding of Authority, inside and outside of the classroom. With this work as our foundation, we plan to form the architecture to support assessment of all six ACRL Frames. We will report on our progress and lessons learned as part of our presentation.


Leah Anderson

Circulation & Interlibrary Loan Manager, Concordia College
Leah Anderson has managed circulation and interlibrary loan for many years at Concordia; she knows Concordia, its traditions and its people very well, having also graduated from Concordia. Leah trains students yearly for numerous desk responsibilities and library projects

Mary Anderson

Curriculum Center & Circulation Assistant, Concordia College
Mary Anderson ties together two areas of the library with her extensive knowledge of the Curriculum Center for Education majors and of the Circulation Desk. Mary trains many students to provide both directional responses and Curriculum Collection support.

Kevin Baggett

Instruction & Outreach Librarian, Concordia College
Kevin Baggett comes to academic librarianship from a Law library background; he brings a wide range of experiences to the library classroom, developing creative and responsive sessions for students in Business and several professional programs at Concordia.

Virginia Connell

Coordinator of Library Instruction, Concordia College
Virginia Connell comes to librarianship after a first career teaching FYE Humanities cornerstone and Writing classes. She has worked with college-age students for 30 years and finds interacting with students the best part of working in the library.

Thursday October 5, 2017 10:30am - 11:20am CDT
Meeting Room 105