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Assessment Librarianship

Assessment Librarians help their institution determine the extent to which they are meeting users’ needs and fulfilling stated goals. Assessment librarians are often involved in communicating their libraries’ achievements on both formal and informal bases. They regularly generate, collect, and analyze quantitative and qualitative data, and develop channels and products to share that data with internal and external audiences. While many information professionals in all types of settings are likely to engage in assessment-related activities as part of their jobs, Assessment Librarians are more likely to work in academic libraries than in other environments.

Library Assessment is performed at the University of Tennessee. From the link, you can see some of the different elements that go into assessment in a library.


User Experience

The User Experience (UX) Pathway will provide students with a variety of skills to improve the design and development of information systems and to measure the usability of products and applications. The User Experience focus is specifically on creating new information sciences professionals who will be educated to perform UX research in both libraries and other information-intensive environments. These professionals will be well versed in user-centered design, UX principles, tools and techniques in user interaction and user experience design.

Example of The UX-A Curriculum:

Below is an example of some of the classes a student would take for this pathway. More extensive requirements and examples can be found in the links to the pathways on the School of Information Sciences webpage.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us by using the Contact form found in the Contact us tab.

Year One:

  • Required SIS Master of Science in Information Science Curriculum
  • Additional required courses
  • INSC 588: Human-Computer Interaction
  • INSC 504: Research Methods
  • INSC 552: Academic Libraries OR  INSC 553: Special Libraries
  • EDPY Statistics Course

Year Two:

  • INSC 590: Planning and Assessment (new course)
  • Subject area courses:
  • Higher Education Administration
  • Organizational Communication