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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
    • 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
  • What’s in a name? Information skills Training User education Information Literacy Digital Literacy Library Training Information Fluency Research skills Reader instruction Library orientation
  • 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?
  • 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?
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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?
  • 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
  • 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/
  • 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
  • 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?
  • Thank you and questions
    • Presentation prepared by:
      • Jane Secker
      • Rowena Macrae-Gibson
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