Lincoln & Evans - Integrating iPads into academic library information literacy (teachmeet abstract)

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Lincoln & Evans - Integrating iPads into academic library information literacy (teachmeet abstract)

  1. 1. Integrating iPads into academic library information literacyHeather Lincoln, Imperial College London, h.lincoln@imperial.ac.ukPaula Evans, Imperial College London, paula.evans@imperial.ac.ukThe aim of this paper is to share practice-based innovations in how informationliteracy (IL) teaching and support has been developed to meet changes in thetechnology used by Business students at Imperial College London. For theacademic year 2012-13 students on Business Master’s programmes were giveniPads as a tool to facilitate paperless course delivery, utilising the devices to read,search, communicate and maintain currency with information both in and out of theclassroom.Library IL induction teaching sessions were remodelled to make students moreinformation literate in accessing and using library resources using iPads. The contentand mode of delivery of sessions were enhanced by developing the experientiallearning possibilities and ensuring that content included up to date information onacademic online resources and apps.The most significant change for the induction training was that all students had amobile device in the session, providing an excellent opportunity to make the sessionactive, practical and engaging. The induction integrated hands-on experientiallearning, incorporating a number of active learning tasks including searching andopening an e-book on an iPad and adding the Business subject Library web pagesas a link on their iPad home screen. Recent research (Fusco, 2010) indicates thatmobile searchers like to use apps, bookmarked pages or direct URLS to findinformation, and our aim was to promote library resource use and engagement in thisway. It was observed that students expected library/institutional resource access tofunction in a similar fashion to individual subscriptions.To address the large group experiential learning now delivered, roving assistanceand student observation was conducted. Post training 1-1 appointments were offeredto give students further individual help and support if required, and few of these wererequested, hopefully indicating student familiarity with iPads and ease of use ofLibrary resources.ReferencesFusco, P. J. (2010) Going Mobile with SE. [Online] Multichannel Merchant, Availablefrom: http://multichannelmerchant.com/ecommerce/seo-going-mobile-0901/[Accessed 31st October 2012].

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