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What's Your Why?

Dr. Stripling describes how assessment can help empower students, build trust between students and educators, and help librarians individualize their instruction so students expand their zone of proximal development. What would you like to accomplish through utilizing assessment in your library? Use the questions in the document below to help you form an assessment statement of purpose.



Reflect on what you would like to accomplish through assessment practices in the library. Why are you motivated to use assessment more effectively? Where do you see room for improvement? What questions do you currently have about effective assessment? Add to and adjust this reflection as you continue through the workshop.

About the Author

Barbara K. Stripling, PhD, is Senior Associate Dean and associate professor emerita at the School of Information Studies, Syracuse University. She earned her doctorate in information management from Syracuse University. Stripling is the author of numerous books and articles on school libraries, advocacy, inquiry, assessment, learning, and primary sources.

Stripling was the 2013–2014 president of the American Library Association. Previously, in her 40-year library career, Stripling has been Director of Library Services for the New York City schools, a school library media specialist and school district director of libraries in Arkansas, a library grant program director in Tennessee, and director of library programs at a local education fund in New York City. Stripling is a former president of the American Association of School Librarians.

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"Assessing to Empower Learners: What's Your Why?" School Library Connection, November 2019,
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