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The 'Write' Stuff: A Workshop on Using Information Literacy Rubrics to Assess Information Literacy Traits in Student Writing

Friday, December 13, 2013, Newkirk Alumni Center, University of California, Irvine



The Librarians of the University of California-Irvine are happy to present this workshop of interest to librarians working with all levels of students, from freshman to graduate students.

Participants will be introduced to the processes, skills, and knowledge necessary to develop a robust information literacy assessment of student writing.  In addition, attendees will become familiar with work produced by students, will learn about the process of norming evaluation in order to ensure inter-rater reliability, and will discover the many challenges and rewards of creating a rubric in order to evaluate a complex, high-level ability.

During this session, participants will:

  • Apply  information literacy rubrics based on the ACRL Information Literacy Competency Standards to evaluate the presence and quality of selected high-level writing and  information literacy traits in writing produced by first year student
  • Apply best practices of assessment project design and writing assessment to the design, revision, and application of information literacy rubrics;
  • Gain hands-on experience evaluating the presence of information literacy traits in student writing.

The leaders of this workshop (two experienced instruction librarians, an expert on social science research methodology and library assessment, and a scholar in composition/rhetoric) are engaged in a multi-phase assessment of the writing abilities and information literacy levels of the first year students at their large research university.

Workshop Leaders
Jonathan Alexander, UC Irvine Campus Writing Coordinator
Cathy Palmer, Head of Education and Outreach, UCI Libraries
Caitlin Plovnick, Instruction and Reference Librarian, UCI Libraries
Kevin Ruminson, AUL for Administrative Services, UCI Libraries



To register please fill out the online form.  The last day to register is Thursday, December 5, 2013. Attendance is limited.

Note: there are no registration fees, but parking fees may apply.



9:30-10 - Arrival, Check-in, & Continental Breakfast 

10-12:30 – Workshop

12:30-2 - Lunch & networking



Newkirk Alumni Center

450 Alumni Court

University of California, Irvine

Irvine, CA 92617

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