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Information Skills At Lse

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