Derek Rodriguez has been scheduled to defend his dissertation, which is titled, "Developing the ‘Understanding Library Impacts’ protocol: a method for communicating library impact on student learning," at 10 a.m. on May 10th, 2012.
The ‘Understanding Library Impacts’ (ULI) protocol includes two instruments for detecting and communicating academic library contributions to undergraduate student learning. A Critical Incident Technique (CIT) survey examines students’ information use during high-impact activities such as capstone coursework. The ‘Learning Activities Crosswalk’ links information use to expectations for student learning outcomes defined by faculty and valued by stakeholders in higher education. The dissertation reports on the methods used to construct and refine the instruments and closes with a report on projects to evaluate the protocol at six U.S. colleges and universities in 2011.