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Training the Conductor

Training the Conductor



Presented at the 2009 LOEX Conference

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  • Bullet 1 – Under the direction of Tom Wall, the newly Associate University Libraries of Public Services. Tom negotiated this within his contract that Instruction & Outreach served as a separate unit instead of under reference. Bullet 2 – Emily was located on West Campus and Greta was located on East Campus to ensure an instruction presence on each campus. Both worked extensively with faculty encouraging them to sign-up for library instruction and incorporate literacy skills within their courses. They also worked diligently with subject librarians encouraging them to provide library instruction for their departments. Bullet 3 – Funding was made available to hire two instruction interns currently pursuing MLS degrees at the local peer institutions to address the increasing demand for instruction experience preferred for most entry-level positions. With UNC (#1 ranked library school in the nation and NCCU the only HBCU offering MLS program) we had diverse pool of potential candidates for interns. ( speak about the programs – day/night) A few years later, the University Dean (Robert Thompson) provided funding for a two-year fellowship to hire a recent MLS graduate to focus on undergraduate research. In 2007, the dept. received two additional members: myself as the 2006-2008 Diversity Library Fellow selecting instruction & outreach as my specialized area in my 2 nd year, and Sherri Brown a visiting unpaid intern seeking practical experience working in an academic research library.
  • Bullet 1 – provided opportunity for instruction librarians to discuss teaching strategies and methodologies in response to the research needs of its users. Bullet 2 - On 14 June, nine Duke Libraries staff members and colleagues from Furman University, Davidson College, and Johnson C. Smith University met at the Furman University library in Greenville, SC, for a workshop titled "Active Learning in Library Instruction." The workshop speaker was Trudi Jacobson, a well-known author and lecturer in the field of information literacy. The event was made possible through generous support from the Duke Endowment.
  • Pedagogy – Teaching method: the principle and method of instruction * Strengthening our communication and advertising of programs and activities
  • Mini-Survey was administered to receive feedback on what they were interested in learning more about. List of local & national professional workshops and conferences were provided with dates and registration
  • Held once a month on the same day to accommodate instruction librarian schedule. Some sessions served as a recap session from instruction librarians who attended local and national conferences and workshops
  • Utilize your institution’s resources
  • Served as presenters. Our dept. served as a liaison between CIT and instruction librarians.

Training the Conductor Training the Conductor Presentation Transcript

  • TRAINING THE CONDUCTOR Providing Professional Development for Duke University Instruction Librarians Courtney Mack, MLS Instruction & Outreach Librarian Duke University Libraries
  • Overview of Duke University
    • Enrollment – 13,457
      • Undergraduate 6, 340
      • Graduate- 7, 117
    • Freshman – 1, 699
    • Faculty – 1,154
    • Libraries – 11
      • Professional Schools
      • Library Service Center
    • Campuses – 3
    • Thompson Writing Program
      • WR20 – 12 students per class
  • Duke Instruction & Outreach Dept.
    • Created in 2001-2002
    • Staff
      • Head of Instruction – Emily Werrell
      • Coordinator of First-Year Instruction – Greta Boers
    • Interns / Fellows
  • Previous Professional Development
    • Monthly meetings
    • June 2007 hosted “ Active Learning in Library Instruction ” workshop at Furman University featuring keynote speaker Trudi E. Jacobson.
  • Re-Mapping our Trail
    • Re-evaluate approach to professional development.
    • Programs and activities to address key issues and trends within library instruction
    • Interactive
    • Creative
    • Accommodating
    Programmatic Module Teaching Strategies Pedagogy Active Learning Faculty Collaboration Assessment
  • SCENIC ROUTE Programs & Activities
    • Teaching Seminars
    • Fall Instruction Kick-Off
    • Information Chat-Sessions
    • Instruction Retreat
    • End-of-the-Year Instruction Celebration
  • Teaching Seminar
    • “ Our objective is to turn out Duke’s instruction interns with superior teaching experience and expertise in a competitive professional market. Every team teacher is the intern’s mentor.”
    • Greta Boers
    • First-Year Instruction Coordinator
  • Summer 2007 Teaching Seminar Schedule Learning Styles: cognition, neurobiology of learning, developmental issues Lisa Reynolds 12:00pm-1:30pm Tower Room Tuesday August 14 th FY students, UG researchers, G students, faculty- what do they need, what do we need to give them? Hannah Noll 11:30am -1:00pm Breedlove Room   Tuesday August 7 th Communicating with faculty Emily Daly 11:30am-1:30pm Breedlove Room Tuesday July 31 st Disconnect between librarians and students Courtney Mack 11:30am-1:30pm Breedlove Room Monday July 23 rd The librarian in the academy: trainer or educator? Teaching or programming? Greta Boers 11:30am-1:00pm Breedlove Room Monday July 16 th Teaching Methods – “What’s in your toolkit? What’s on the cutting edge? What really works? Sherri Brown 12:00pm-1:30pm Tuesday July 10th Topic Seminar Leader Time and place Day Date
  • Summer 2008 Teaching Seminar Schedule N/A – Social gathering with library interns in various departments Defining Information Literacy Hannah Rozear & Greta Boers 10:00am-11:30am Lilly Training Rm. Thurs. Aug. 14 th Observe at least one library instruction session Blackboard and LibGuides Emily Daly 10:00am-11:30am Lilly Training Rm. Thurs. Aug. 7 th Construct a sample lesson plan for their WR20 course Active Learning Teaching Methods Courtney Mack 10:00am-11:30am Lilly Training Rm. Wed. July 30 th Select a WR20 course of their interest Lesson Planning Hannah Rozear & Greta Boers 10:00am-11:30am Lilly Training Rm. Thurs. July 24 th Intern Pre-Assignment Topic Seminar Leader Time and place Day Date
  • Fall Instruction Kick-Off Professional Development Opportunities LibGuides in Blackboard RefWorks / EndNote First-Year Instruction Updates New Instruction Spaces Instructional Technology – Student Response System (iclickers) Outreach Initiatives – Summer and Academic Year Class Recording Software Teaching Triangles Information Literacy Survey / Learning Outcomes Highlights / Updates
  • Information Chat-Sessions 2007-2008 Integrating Instructional Technology into Library Instruction CIT Staff 12:30pm-2:00pm Tower Room Tuesday Feb. 19 th Establishing Rapport with Students Hannah Noll & Emily Daly 12:30pm-2:00pm Tower Room Tuesday Jan.22 nd Tips and Tricks for Effective Lesson Planning Emily Daly & Greta Boers 12:30pm-2:00pm Tower Room Tuesday Dec. 4 th Wake ‘Em Up! Engaging Students in Library Instruction Courtney Mack 12:30pm-2:00pm Tower Room Tuesday Nov. 6 th Communicating with Faculty Greta Boers 12:30pm-2:00pm Tower Room Tuesday Oct. 9 th Topic Seminar Leader Time and place Day Date
  • Annual Instruction Retreat
    • Outcomes
    • ▪ Attendees identified four key projects they would like I&O dept. to integrate into their work
    • Develop a menu of students’ learning outcomes.
    • Create a short survey that librarians may administer through Blackboard
    • Install videotaping capabilities in training rooms for self-evaluation
    • Develop and maintain a centralized space where resources and information can be shared.
    Results ▪ Created a list of 17 behaviors essential to effective teaching ▪ Reviewed and discussed elements of various types of class preparation. ▪ Selected behaviors they wished to improve or incorporate in their own teaching. ▪ Recommended I&O dept. to offer opportunities that address teaching competencies. Type ▪ Librarians ▪ Interns / Fellows (current & post MLS graduates) Highlights ▪ Discussed the importance of program evaluation. ▪ Ways in which instruction librarians might integrate assessment and evaluation techniques into their work, both individually through self-assessment activities and programmatically through evaluation of students’ learning outcomes in library sessions. Questions ▪ What does an effective teacher look, sound and act like? ▪ What does effective class preparation look like? ▪ How do we know if we are effective as teachers? ▪ How do we know if our teaching is effective for students? Institutions ▪ Duke University ▪ NC State University ▪ University of North Carolina ▪ NC Central University Yvonne Belanger, Assessment Coordinator Center for Instructional Technology Small group activities ▪ 30 registered attendees Keynote Speaker Activities Participants Reflective Teaching: The Role of Evaluation in Library Instruction March 11, 2008 R. David Thomas Center at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business
  • End of the Year Celebration
    • A party to show appreciation and serve as morale enhancement
    • Certificate of Participation and small gifts
    • Peer-to-Peer informal feedback
  • ALL ABOARD!! Collaboration & Attendance
    • Center for Instructional Technology,
    • Special Collection, and International Areas Studies
    • Attendance increased
    • Assessment
  • Successes
    • Incorporated skills, resources, and integrated technology within their instruction.
    • Increased collaboration on projects/initiatives, co-teaching, peer-to-peer observation
    • Former Instruction Interns/Fellows
      • Sherri Brown – First-Year English Instruction Librarian, Georgia Tech
      • Lisa Reynolds – Instruction & Outreach Librarian, Lee College
      • Emily Daly – Instruction & Outreach Librarian, Duke University
  • Challenges & Obstacles
    • Illness & death of Emily Werrell, Head of Instruction & Outreach
    • Embracing non-traditional teaching and learning styles
    • Creatively address tedious topics
    • Getting participants to identify or share areas of weakness or shortcomings
    • Budget justification
  • What the Future Holds?
    • New Leadership
      • Diane Harvey, Head of Instruction & Outreach
    • Re-Organization
      • Lynne O’Brien, Director of Academic Technology & Instructional Services
    • Budget Cuts
      • Term appointments not extended
  • Adjusting to the New Economy
    • Justification of Attendance/Travel
    • Webinars / Online Training
    • Inexpensive conferences/workshop
    • Take advantage of your Consortium
      • Triangle Research Libraries Network (TRLN)
      • LAUNC-CH
    • THE END