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TCC Library: Library Assessment Projects

Library program learning outcomes (PLOs)

The following are the Library Program's learning outcomes:

Upon successful completion of the program, the student will be able to: 

1. Employ strategic processes of inquiry to guide and refine information needs and search strategies (IIT, COK). 

2. Select appropriate sources based upon information need and context (CRT, IIT, COK).

3. Use information ethically by citing sources in a standard citation style, with minimal errors (IIT, RES, COK).

4. Practice synthesizing information from more than one source into a new information product in preparation for future academic work. (COM, CRT, IIT, ICD, RES, COK)

5. Demonstrate the effective use of electronic search strategies (IIT, COK). 

Each outcome is mapped to TCC's degree learning outcomes (DLOs), which can be found here:


If you have questions about any of this data, please contact the library's assessment coordinator, Heather Gillanders.

Assessment overview

The following is an overview of assessment (what it is, its purpose, how it is conducted, and its history in academic libraries) and the role of an assessment librarian.

Library assessment master plan

This is a living document that is updated annually. It allows us to capture all of the assessment work in which we are currently engaged and set priorities for the given academic year.

Instructional assessment timeline

The following are the Library's instructional assessment timelines, which indicate when the library faculty will evaluate each of the learning outcomes.

Program reviews

The program review is an annual self-evaluation submitted to the Executive Vice President for Academic & Student Affairs that allows all programs at TCC to reflect on program performance relative to the college mission and strategic plan. 

Course learning outcome (CLO) reports

LS 101, Introduction to Research, assessments

The following are reports from our pre and postassessments of students in LS 101, Introduction to Research. These assessments measure student achievement of our course learning outcomes (CLOs).

Library research workshop ("one-shot") assessments

The following reports are from assessments of our fifty-minute library research workshops, which are commonly called "one-shots." The purpose of these instruction sessions is to help students learn and develop the skills and competencies needed to be successful in research assignments for specific courses.

Biennial student surveys

The following are reports from the biennial student survey, which measure the importance of and satisfaction with the library's instruction program and resources.

Biennial faculty surveys

The following are reports from the biennial faculty surveys, which measure the importance of and satisfaction with the library's instruction program and resources.

Focus groups

In April 2022, the library conducted two focus groups with BIPOC students in order to understand how students of color use and interact with the library resources and services at TCC, to listen to their specific needs and experiences, and to make positive changes to the library based on that feedback. The focus groups also served to provide further insight into the results of five biennial student surveys conducted by the library faculty between 2013 and 2021. Please find the final report below.

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