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Information skills at LSE LSE / Oxford / BL study day 30 th  June 2008 Rowena Macrae-Gibson, Liaison Librarian
Overview of session <ul><li>Brief introduction to information skills </li></ul><ul><li>LSE’s approach to information skill...
What’s in a name? Information skills Training User education Information Literacy Digital Literacy Library Training Inform...
Information skills: recognising the need <ul><li>Recognised as being a fundamental part of lifelong learning by  UNESCO , ...
Activity 1 <ul><li>In groups </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Discuss your institution’s approach to information skills training </li...
Information skills at LSE <ul><li>LSE’s approach to information skills </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Undergraduates / Masters stud...
Undergraduate/Masters students <ul><li>Offered training through the Library website </li></ul><ul><li>A wide range of clas...
Support for PhD students <ul><li>Currently developing Supermilo in Moodle for researchers and PhD students </li></ul><ul><...
Support for staff <ul><li>Wide range of classes offered each term in conjunction with the Centre for Learning Technology <...
Support for visitors <ul><li>How to support first time/one time visitors? </li></ul><ul><li>Not able to join classes at LS...
Activity 2-Best practice <ul><li>Can you think of examples of institutions who have developed ‘best practice’ in terms of ...
Imperial College London <ul><li>Has an IL strategy and committed to tackling plagiarism </li></ul><ul><li>Library offer dr...
University of Worcester <ul><li>Aim to embedded sessions in courses wherever possible.  </li></ul><ul><li>Validated module...
University of Bedfordshire <ul><li>Information literacy services are embedded into the University education strategy follo...
Support for librarians <ul><li>Do you feel qualified to teach information skills? </li></ul><ul><li>Do you have a formal t...
Thank you and questions <ul><li>Presentation prepared by: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Jane Secker </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Row...
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    1. 1. Information skills at LSE LSE / Oxford / BL study day 30 th June 2008 Rowena Macrae-Gibson, Liaison Librarian
    2. 2. Overview of session <ul><li>Brief introduction to information skills </li></ul><ul><li>LSE’s approach to information skills </li></ul><ul><li>Face to face teaching and online support </li></ul><ul><li>Discussion based around three keys areas: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Different institutional approaches to information skills </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Best practice in the library sector </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Support for librarians </li></ul></ul>
    3. 3. What’s in a name? Information skills Training User education Information Literacy Digital Literacy Library Training Information Fluency Research skills Reader instruction Library orientation
    4. 4. Information skills: recognising the need <ul><li>Recognised as being a fundamental part of lifelong learning by UNESCO , SCONUL </li></ul><ul><li>Linked to social inclusion agenda </li></ul><ul><li>Knowledge Economy-what do employers need? </li></ul><ul><li>Recent JISC Google generation report from SLAIS highlighted lack of information skills in younger students </li></ul><ul><li>Problem has got worse not better as information proliferates - declining critical evaluation skills </li></ul><ul><li>Google means everyone can find something, but is it the right information? </li></ul>
    5. 5. Activity 1 <ul><li>In groups </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Discuss your institution’s approach to information skills training </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Do your users have problems using information? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How do they differ in terms of: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Priority / recognition of value by those inside </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Recognition outside the library – support by departments </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Approach – face to face vs online </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Training of staff – do you offer this? </li></ul></ul></ul>
    6. 6. Information skills at LSE <ul><li>LSE’s approach to information skills </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Undergraduates / Masters students </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>PhD students </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Staff </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>International Students </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Face to face and online support </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Inductions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sessions for departments by liaison librarians </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Termly Training programme for students </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Courses for staff & Researchers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Information Desk </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Online Subject guides </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>External trainers? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Moodle: MILO / Supermilo / MI512 </li></ul></ul>
    7. 7. Undergraduate/Masters students <ul><li>Offered training through the Library website </li></ul><ul><li>A wide range of classes on offer including: using electronic journals, going beyond Google, EndNote </li></ul><ul><li>New programme each term agreed by User Education team with bookable classes </li></ul><ul><li>Sessions in MSC Week </li></ul><ul><li>Feedback excellent </li></ul><ul><li>MILO course launched this year available in Moodle – accessed by almost 500 students </li></ul>
    8. 8. Support for PhD students <ul><li>Currently developing Supermilo in Moodle for researchers and PhD students </li></ul><ul><li>MI512 Course taught by Library and being redeveloped over the summer with Moodle presence for more blended learning </li></ul><ul><li>Programme of face to face classes </li></ul><ul><li>Liaison librarians also offer support and training on a one to one and small group basis </li></ul>
    9. 9. Support for staff <ul><li>Wide range of classes offered each term in conjunction with the Centre for Learning Technology </li></ul><ul><li>Topics include: finding and using images for teaching, Blogging for Beginners, introduction to e-journals and e-sources </li></ul><ul><li>One to one support and training from Liaison Librarians & by Learning Technology Librarian </li></ul><ul><li>Staff attending sessions run for their own student groups </li></ul>
    10. 10. Support for visitors <ul><li>How to support first time/one time visitors? </li></ul><ul><li>Not able to join classes at LSE, or to use Moodle </li></ul><ul><li>Wide range of backgrounds </li></ul><ul><li>General Print & Online guides </li></ul><ul><li>One to one quick help at the Information Desk </li></ul><ul><li>Referring to home institutions </li></ul><ul><li>Shows importance of IL as a whole </li></ul>
    11. 11. Activity 2-Best practice <ul><li>Can you think of examples of institutions who have developed ‘best practice’ in terms of information skills training </li></ul><ul><li>What can you learn from them? </li></ul><ul><li>What is the key to their success? </li></ul><ul><li>Would their approach work at your institution? </li></ul>
    12. 12. Imperial College London <ul><li>Has an IL strategy and committed to tackling plagiarism </li></ul><ul><li>Library offer drop in courses on a range of topics </li></ul><ul><li>Where possible IL face to face sessions embedded into taught courses </li></ul><ul><li>Developed OLIVIA an online IL tutorial available to all students in the VLE – customised for different departments and also used in teaching sessions </li></ul><ul><li>Has modules on a range of subjects but plagiarism module is the main motivation for staff wanting to use it </li></ul><ul><li>Extensive staff development programme for library staff who teach </li></ul><ul><li>http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/library </li></ul>
    13. 13. University of Worcester <ul><li>Aim to embedded sessions in courses wherever possible. </li></ul><ul><li>Validated module open to first year students studying any subject - 2 versions: mainly face-to-face or via blended learning. </li></ul><ul><li>Run inductions/information literacy sessions to students at partner institutions. </li></ul><ul><li>Run drop-in sessions for third year students preparing for independent studies - ask academic staff to help us advertise. </li></ul><ul><li>Currently developing online courses and tutorials. </li></ul><ul><li>Offer one to one and small group sessions for students, by appointment. </li></ul><ul><li>Staff are supported by one to one appointments, input into the staff induction and offering sign up sessions through Personnel. </li></ul><ul><li>Research students have an information literacy session in a mandatory module and they are developing an online tutorial for researchers. </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.worc.ac.uk/ils/ </li></ul>
    14. 14. University of Bedfordshire <ul><li>Information literacy services are embedded into the University education strategy following a Curriculum Review this year </li></ul><ul><li>The review identified five inter-related strands designed to engage and motivate students, and prepare them for further study and life beyond the University including: Personalised learning, Curriculum, Realistic Learning, Employability and Assessment </li></ul><ul><li>Learning Resources available to offer guidance and develop materials to support IL in the curriculum </li></ul><ul><li>Library staff co-teach modules and offer teaching session within modules </li></ul><ul><li>Offer extra curricular ICT support modules and opt in study support services including tutorials on writing for academic purposes </li></ul><ul><li>Provide independent support materials on the Web and from the VLE </li></ul><ul><li>Provide subject based evaluative guides on the web </li></ul><ul><li>http://lrweb.beds.ac.uk/invisiblelibrary </li></ul>
    15. 15. Support for librarians <ul><li>Do you feel qualified to teach information skills? </li></ul><ul><li>Do you have a formal teaching qualification or have you taken any courses in this area? Do you think this would be helpful? </li></ul><ul><li>In which areas are you less confident when teaching? </li></ul><ul><li>What (if anything) could be done to improve support for librarians who teach information skills? </li></ul>
    16. 16. Thank you and questions <ul><li>Presentation prepared by: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Jane Secker </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rowena Macrae-Gibson </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul></ul>
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