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Teaching information literacy with discovery tools

  1. 1. TEACHING INFORMATIONLITERACY WITHDISCOVERY TOOLSNancy Fawley, University of AlabamaNikki Krysak, Norwich University
  2. 2. IntroductionAbout our presentation
  3. 3. Webinar Outcomes• Understand the unique qualities of discovery tools inorder to better instruct students in the classroom• Learn how to maximize discovery tool features inorder to teach students to fully evaluate searchresults• Understand how discovery tools integrate withsubject-specific databases in order to meet upper-level course needs• Acquire new ideas for teaching in order to fullycapitalize on the benefits of teaching with adiscovery tool
  4. 4. Poll #1:Understanding Our AudienceDoes your institution have a discovery tool?a. Yes, we have oneb. Not yet, but we will be implementing onec. No, and we have no plans to implement one
  5. 5. Poll #2:Understanding Our AudienceIf you have a discovery tool, when did your institutionimplement a discovery tool?a. Less than 1 year agob. 1 to 2 years agoc. 2 to 3 years agod. More than 3 years ago
  6. 6. Understanding Our Students
  7. 7. Digital Natives• Love to customize and personalize• Often visual learners• Say what they think
  8. 8. Digital Natives• Collaborative• Multitaskers• Crave speed and entertainment
  9. 9. “Google’s simplicity and single search box seemsto have created the expectation among students ofa specific search experience within the library”Asher, Andrew D. and Lynda M. Duke. 2011. “Searching for Answers: StudentResearch Behavior at Illinois Wesleyan University.” In College Libraries andStudent Culture: What We Now Know.” Ed. Lynda M. Duke and Andrew D.Asher. Chicago: American Library Association.…Which means that they rely toomuch on simple keyword searches.
  10. 10. Digital Natives as Information Seekers• Adept with technology as a tool, but lack criticalthinking and evaluation skills• Lack the methodological understanding to searchfor and evaluate resources in the library
  11. 11. Poll #3:Understanding Your InstitutionsIf you use a discovery tool, is it positioned as amain default search box on the library homepage?a. Yesb. No
  12. 12. Discussion
  13. 13. Benefits of Teaching withDiscovery Tools• One-stop shop model (also a drawback)• Unified search platform
  14. 14. • Intuitive, Google-like interface• Accommodates broad keyword searchesBenefits of Teaching withDiscovery Tools
  15. 15. • Facets and limitersBenefits of Teaching withDiscovery Tools
  16. 16. • Interdisciplinary-friendly• Encourages critical thinking (also a drawback)Benefits of Teaching withDiscovery Tools
  17. 17. • Overwhelming number of retrievals• Relevancy rankings• Lack of controlled vocabulary between databasesskews rankingsChallenges of Teaching withDiscovery Tools
  18. 18. • Requires critical thinking (also a benefit)• One-stop shop model (also a benefit)Challenges of Teaching withDiscovery Tools
  19. 19. • Spotty interdisciplinary coverage• dependent on topic/subject area• Obtaining buy-in (from faculty & library colleagues)Challenges of Teaching withDiscovery Tools
  20. 20. Getting others on board• Include librarians in the decision-making process• Write the discovery tool into learning outcomes• Work with tech services to customize discovery tool
  21. 21. • Be ready for surprises!Challenges of Teaching withDiscovery Tools
  22. 22. Discussion
  23. 23. Teaching: Best Practices
  24. 24. • Focus on keyword developmentTeaching: Best Practices
  25. 25. • Focus on facets and limitersTeaching: Best Practices
  26. 26. • Emphasize critical thinkingTeaching: Best Practices
  27. 27. Teaching: Best Practices• Use as a scaffold for discipline-specific databases
  28. 28. • Develop supplemental subject guidesTeaching: Best Practices
  29. 29. • Highlight link resolversTeaching: Best Practices
  30. 30. • Emphasize interlibrary loanTeaching: Best Practices
  31. 31. Lesson Ideas• Keyword development
  32. 32. • Evaluating sourcesLesson Ideas
  33. 33. • Flip the classroomLesson Ideas
  34. 34. Discussion
  35. 35. Selected BibliographyBuck, Stefanie, and Margaret Mellinger. "The Impact Of Serial Solutions’ Summon™On Information Literacy Instruction: Librarian Perceptions." Internet ReferenceServices Quarterly 16.4 (2011): 159-181.Cmor, Dianne & Xin Li. “Beyond Boolean, Towards Thinking: Discovery Systemsand Information Literacy.” Proceedings of the IATUL Conferences (2012): Paper 7.Debonis, Rocco, Edward ODonnell, and Cynthia Thomes. "(Self-) DiscoveryService: Helping Students Help Themselves." Journal Of Library & InformationServices In Distance Learning 6.3-4 (2012): 235-250.Fagan, Jody, Condit. "Discovery Tools And Information Literacy." Journal Of WebLibrarianship 5.3 (2011): 171-178.Fawley, Nancy & Nikki Krysak. “Information Literacy Opportunities within theDiscovery Tool Environment.” College & Undergraduate Libraries 19 (2012): 207-214.

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