This qualitative study investigates how academic librarians perceive the professional conversation about information literacy assessment, focusing on their characterization of the discourse and the benefits of and barriers to their participation. Findings from phenomenological interviews indicate that librarians view the conversation as valuable and inspiring, but also divisive and inapplicable to many libraries. While they find value in sharing ideas and engaging in a community of practice, they may face such barriers as feelings of inadequacy and insufficient resources. The authors provide recommendations to help librarians, administrators, and conference planners foster more inclusive and productive engagement in the professional conversation on information literacy assessment.
Original Publication Information
portal: Libraries and the Academy, Vol. 20, No. 3 (July 2020), pp. 533-551
Willenborg, Amber; Detmering, Robert; and McClellan, Samantha, "Real Talk: Librarian Perceptions of the Professional Conversation on Information Literacy Assessment" (2020). Faculty Scholarship. 466.