Maintaining Our Libraries’ Relevancy in the 21 st  Century Information Literacy Trends in the Sciences Andrew Wick Klein M...
The Situation <ul><li>Changing landscape of information </li></ul><ul><li>Emerging delivery methods: wikis, blogs, RSS </l...
The Situation <ul><li>Generation Y / Millennial Generation </li></ul><ul><li>Changing profile of “college student” </li></...
We Ask Ourselves… <ul><li>Keep up-to-date? </li></ul><ul><li>Prepare for the future? </li></ul><ul><li>Best way to reach o...
Information Literacy <ul><li>The set of skills needed to find, retrieve, analyze, and use information </li></ul><ul><li>Le...
IL versus BI <ul><li>BI: one-shot sessions, specific assignments, no followup </li></ul><ul><li>Bigger and broader: </li><...
Standards <ul><li>2000: ACRL publishes Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education </li></ul><ul><li>Su...
Successes <ul><li>Wide acceptance, praise for standards </li></ul><ul><li>Voluminous literature on IL strategies, programs...
Problems <ul><li>Lack of support – financial, personnel, teaching venues </li></ul><ul><li>Resistance and “inertia” from f...
Implementation Effective Assessment Collaboration With Faculty Curriculum Integration Outcome- specific Discipline- specif...
1. Discipline-specific <ul><li>Standards strike a balance between generality and discipline specificity </li></ul><ul><li>...
2.  Outcome-specific <ul><li>Emphasized in Standards </li></ul><ul><li>Outcomes themselves can vary from general to specif...
3.  Curriculum integration <ul><li>IL skills  are  science skills </li></ul><ul><li>Necessary for standardization across d...
4. Collaboration with faculty <ul><li>Foster good relationships: listening, asking rather than telling, suggesting </li></...
5. Effective  Assessment <ul><li>Focused on desired outcomes </li></ul><ul><li>Also learning environment and IL program co...
Questions?
I Am Preaching to the Choir  or IL at Cal State Northridge <ul><li>Mission, goals: “information competence” is clear prior...
Room for Improvement <ul><li>Trends that aren’t going away: </li></ul><ul><li>Relevance of IL to science curricula </li></...
Bibliography ACRL website on Information Literacy. http://www.ala.org/ala/acrl/acrlissues/acrlinfolit/informationliteracy....
Bibliography Lindauer, Bonnie G. “The Three Arenas of Information Literacy Assessment.”  Reference & User Services Quarter...
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  1. 1. Maintaining Our Libraries’ Relevancy in the 21 st Century Information Literacy Trends in the Sciences Andrew Wick Klein May 8, 2006
  2. 2. The Situation <ul><li>Changing landscape of information </li></ul><ul><li>Emerging delivery methods: wikis, blogs, RSS </li></ul><ul><li>New tools: Google Scholar, competitors </li></ul><ul><li>Online journals, open access </li></ul>
  3. 3. The Situation <ul><li>Generation Y / Millennial Generation </li></ul><ul><li>Changing profile of “college student” </li></ul><ul><li>Faculty and teaching </li></ul><ul><li>Libraries </li></ul>
  4. 4. We Ask Ourselves… <ul><li>Keep up-to-date? </li></ul><ul><li>Prepare for the future? </li></ul><ul><li>Best way to reach our users? </li></ul><ul><li>Support the educational mission? </li></ul><ul><li>Stay relevant? </li></ul><ul><li>Information Literacy </li></ul>
  5. 5. Information Literacy <ul><li>The set of skills needed to find, retrieve, analyze, and use information </li></ul><ul><li>Learning how to learn </li></ul><ul><li>Increasingly important in the Information Age </li></ul><ul><li>Essential to producing life-long learners </li></ul>
  6. 6. IL versus BI <ul><li>BI: one-shot sessions, specific assignments, no followup </li></ul><ul><li>Bigger and broader: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Information needs on a global level </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Throughout the entire process </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Outside the classroom </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>General and specific </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Standards <ul><li>2000: ACRL publishes Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education </li></ul><ul><li>Supporting documents </li></ul><ul><li>Draft: Standards for Science & Technology Libraries </li></ul>
  8. 8. Successes <ul><li>Wide acceptance, praise for standards </li></ul><ul><li>Voluminous literature on IL strategies, programs and tips </li></ul><ul><li>Professional support: Instruction Section, conferences, discussion lists </li></ul>
  9. 9. Problems <ul><li>Lack of support – financial, personnel, teaching venues </li></ul><ul><li>Resistance and “inertia” from faculty </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of understanding that IL is a mainstream educational issue rather than just library-centric </li></ul><ul><li>Is it working? Lack of assessment </li></ul>
  10. 10. Implementation Effective Assessment Collaboration With Faculty Curriculum Integration Outcome- specific Discipline- specific Information Literacy
  11. 11. 1. Discipline-specific <ul><li>Standards strike a balance between generality and discipline specificity </li></ul><ul><li>IL in isolation loses relevance </li></ul><ul><li>Context emphasizes importance </li></ul><ul><li>User need is paramount </li></ul><ul><li>User need is discipline-specific </li></ul>
  12. 12. 2. Outcome-specific <ul><li>Emphasized in Standards </li></ul><ul><li>Outcomes themselves can vary from general to specific </li></ul><ul><li>Good educational theory: backward design </li></ul><ul><li>Essential to assessment </li></ul>
  13. 13. 3. Curriculum integration <ul><li>IL skills are science skills </li></ul><ul><li>Necessary for standardization across department </li></ul><ul><li>Important for faculty collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>User needs vary with program </li></ul>
  14. 14. 4. Collaboration with faculty <ul><li>Foster good relationships: listening, asking rather than telling, suggesting </li></ul><ul><li>Work with representative group </li></ul><ul><li>Partners working towards same educational goal – we’re here to help! </li></ul><ul><li>User needs! </li></ul>
  15. 15. 5. Effective Assessment <ul><li>Focused on desired outcomes </li></ul><ul><li>Also learning environment and IL program components </li></ul><ul><li>Formal and informal </li></ul><ul><li>Ongoing and integrated into design of IL program </li></ul>
  16. 16. Questions?
  17. 17. I Am Preaching to the Choir or IL at Cal State Northridge <ul><li>Mission, goals: “information competence” is clear priority </li></ul><ul><li>Information Competence Initiative: grants, resources </li></ul><ul><li>CSUN Assessment plan: IL is 1 of 3 </li></ul><ul><li>ICT Literacy Assessment Initiative with EST </li></ul>
  18. 18. Room for Improvement <ul><li>Trends that aren’t going away: </li></ul><ul><li>Relevance of IL to science curricula </li></ul><ul><li>Value of discipline-specific programs </li></ul><ul><li>Need for faculty support </li></ul><ul><li>Importance of effective assessment </li></ul>
  19. 19. Bibliography ACRL website on Information Literacy. http://www.ala.org/ala/acrl/acrlissues/acrlinfolit/informationliteracy.htm (Accessed May 5, 2006). Badke, William. “Can’t Get No Respect: Helping Faculty to Understand the Educational Power of Information Literacy.” The Reference Librarian , 89/90 (2005), pp. 63-80. Galvin, Jeanne. “Alternative Strategies for Promoting Information Literacy.” The Journal of Academic Librarianship , 31 (2005), pp. 352-357. Gardner, Susan. “What Students Want: Generation Y and the Changing Function of the Academic Library.” portal: Libraries and the Academy , 5 (2005), pp. 405-420. Gilson, Caroline. Personal correspondence. Hebb, Tiffany. Personal correspondence. “ Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education.” Chicago: Association of College & Research Libraries (2000).
  20. 20. Bibliography Lindauer, Bonnie G. “The Three Arenas of Information Literacy Assessment.” Reference & User Services Quarterly , 44 (2004), pp. 122-129. Manuel, Kate. “Generic and Discipline-Specific Information Literacy Competencies: The Case for the Sciences.” Science & Technology Libraries , 24 (2004), pp. 279-308. Rockman, Ilene. “Integrating information literacy into the learning outcomes of academic disciplines.” College & Research Libraries News , 64 (2003), pp. 612-615. Smith, Eleanor M. “Developing an Information Literacy Curriculum for the Sciences.” Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship , 37 (Spring 2003). Winterman, Brian. Personal correspondence.
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