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Assessing Information Fluency

Dr. Stripling has provided a handout that shares effective and engaging ideas for diagnostic, formative, and summative assessment of information fluency. Explore the resource and then reflect on what you could bring into your practice using the activity below.



After reviewing Dr. Stripling's "Assessment from Fluency" handout, consider which of the ideas would be useful to adapt to your own setting and how you might implement them. Complete the chart in the workshop packet with assessments you could use for diagnostic, formative, and summative assessments—both teacher-led and learner-led.

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: Assessing Information Fluency." School Library Connection, November 2019,
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