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Introduction to Library Instruction in the ULS Robin Kear, MLIS Nazarbayev University Library April 2012
What is Library Instruction?Demystifies libraryEmpowers studentsGenerates PR/Good willSupports mission of the libraryPromotes Information Literacy Set of abilities requiring individuals to "recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information.“ACRL Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Educationhttp://www.ala.org/acrl/standards/informationliteracycompetency
Bibliographic Instruction vs. Information Literacy ULS has a long history of library instruction Both traditional and innovative
Bibliographic Instruction vs. Information Literacy “Information literacy involves mastery over a complex set of concepts and skills and their interplay…knowledge of library skills is an integral part of information literacy… serving as tools for realizing its higher goals.” Sharma, Shikha. “From Chaos to Clarity.” Journal of Academic Librarianship 33.1 (Jan. 2007): 127-35.
A Few Differences Between BI and ILResponsibility is librarian- Responsibility is collaborativecontrolledContent is focused on tools Content is focused onand search interfaces overreaching concepts, critical thinking processes, and thinking standards Assessment is focused on Assessment is focused onlimited evaluations and skill- competencies and standardsbased measurements as yardsticks for outcomes based approaches
Our Reasons for Information Literacy Initiative Assessment requirements atthe University of Pittsburgh Middle States Commissionon Higher Education ARL’s call to transformresearch, teaching andlearningULS Long Range Goal
Information Literacy Objectives 1. Develop a Research Strategy 2. Select Finding Tools 3. Search 4. Use Finding Tool Features 5. Retrieve Sources 6. Evaluate Sources 7. Document Sources 8. Understand Economic, Legal, and Social Issues -Modeled on the SAILS Skill Sets
Role of ULS InInformation Literacy Assessment Online information literacy test 45 questions dealing with a range of information seeking skills Benchmark freshman IL skills Assess senior class skills
The Goal: Better IL Integration at the Course/Program LevelEmbed into the researchprocess of the course orprogramCollaborate with theinstructor(s) or programdirector(s)Always tie instruction to theassignment
Various, Simultaneous IL Components One-shot classes as library/searching orientations One-on-one instruction Embedded librarians Classroom integrated tools Integrated discipline/IL goals and rubrics Curriculum mapping
Embedded LibrarianIntegral part of the wholePart of the online classroom environment
ENGLIT 0500: Intro to Critical Reading Collaboration with a Pitt English Professor Tiered assignment I teach just before the annotated bibliography is due Part of their CourseWeb Review annotated bibliographies
Levels for Courseware ToolsMacro Level Library Courseware Involvement, entails working with the developers and programmers of courseware to integrating into the software a generic, global library presence.Micro Level Library Courseware Involvement, involves individual librarians teaming up with faculty as consultants to participate in developing a customized library instruction and resource component for the courseware enhanced courses.
Ideas for Courseware Create downloadable items that can be imported into online courses Remind faculty of virtual reference desks and library web presence Offer to create and embed discipline specific IL rubrics “Librarian Role”
The RealityThe research process is more difficult withinformation abundance: •Technology issues now complicate research concepts further •Too many information choices, not enough orientation
The Assignment Write a 5-7 page paper on the topic of your choice. Use scholarly sources. Due the last day of the semester.
Things students feel…AnxietyAnnoyanceStressOverwhelmedFearConfusionExcitementDreadUncertainty
Things students say… “I have no idea [about the dates or details of my topic].” I can’t find this article in the catalog. This magazine isn’t online so I can’t get it. There is not enough on my topic, I have to change it. I don’t know what a primary or secondary source is. My professor said to use scholarly sources…what are those? Am I cheating if I use someone else’s bibliography?(Mary George, Admissions of Another Sort)
Things students do… Procrastinate (80% of Head &Elison’s 86 students procrastinate on 80% of their research assignments) Spend 3 hours on research, 2 hours writing Go to Wikipedia for context and to pre- search (8 out of 11) Go to the Internet or databases for sources Do “good enough” research to get by
The Result Papers aren’t as good as they could be Research is associated with negativity Hard for library to fulfill requests (reference and collection related) when students procrastinate
Goal: Better Research Assignments Process over Product Tiered Paper Approach Suggest Alternatives to the 5-7 Pages Annotated bibliography Literature review Bibliographic essay Evaluate and edit a Wikipedia entry Grant or research proposal
Goal: Tiered Research Assignments Thesis/topic meeting Research log/journal Preliminary bibliography Outline/Introduction Mid-point check Drafts Final Paper
Goal: Embed Smaller Research Components Explain Citations Explain Source Types Suggest Disciplinary Sources Explain Terminology (primary vs. secondary) Explain Information Cycle
Things students need… Collaboration between faculty and librarians Collaboration between academic departments and libraries Connection between research-paper process and everyday life research Context: background, vocabulary, expectation, gathering resources Librarian as informational coach Frequent explanations of research (IL) concepts across courses and years from faculty and librarians
The Result: Ubiquity Research is not disconnected from the classroom Research is not an outside skill Research skills are necessary for all their work
LibGuide Companions Information Literacy Fundamentals http://pitt.libguides.com/infolit Information Literacy Tools http://pitt.libguides.com/infolittools