Analyzing the Information Literacy Skills of First-Year Music Majors


0000-0001-8385-7250 (Wells)

Document Type

Conference Presentation

Conference Title

Music Library Association California Chapter Meeting


Brand Library & Art Center, Glendale, CA

Conference Dates

October 23-24, 2015

Date of Presentation



What information literacy skills do first-year music majors have? The librarians at the University of the Pacific are using the Standardized Assessment of Information Literacy Skills (SAILS) knowledge test to assess students as part of an institution-wide information literacy assessment initiative. Results from the SAILS Test provide data on how students score within eight skill sets. The study was conducted with 800 first-year students and is providing librarians, teaching faculty, and university administrators with a snapshot of first-year students’ strengths and weaknesses. The music librarian will use results from this assessment to start conversations with music faculty about the ways these skills are being developed throughout the curriculum. This presentation will explain how this study was administered and how the music librarian is using the data in the ongoing mission to help students become better information literate musicians and citizens.


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