Surprisingly, instruction in library science rarely includes in-depth training on research methods, instrument selection, or test creation—leaving many librarians struggling when it comes to validating their own work. To bridge this gap, this professional’s guide houses the leading library research instruments in use for the past 15 years, providing one-page evaluations to help expedite your research validation. The work features a variety of tests—such as the Beile Test of Information Literacy for Educators, Project SAILS, and the Library Anxiety Scale—and contains full text of each test when available. You’ll learn essential details about the instrument, including the source, a description of its purpose, the development and validation of the test, its administrative procedure, and its psychometric properties where applicable.
The book begins with a chapter on evaluating tests and other instruments, followed by a primer on establishing validity and reliability. Throughout the work, you’ll tap into leading tests in the field, learn where they have been utilized, and gain access to contact information for the test authors. Topics covered include information literacy, library anxiety, service evaluation, services and library use, information-seeking behavior, and resource evaluation.
- Includes a primer for establishing validity and reliability
- Offers full text of each test when available
- Features a variety of tests, including the Beile Test of Information Literacy for Educators, Project SAILS, and the Library Anxiety Scale
- Contains the most up-to-date versions of tests, a compilation of citations that have used the tools, and contact information for their authors