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Information Literacy and E-Resources: Moving Beyond the Chalkboard


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Ask any twenty-first century librarian and they will tell you that the traditional chalkboard is not the instructional tool of choice anymore. This panel discussion will address the place of free and subscription e-resources in information literacy instruction and will feature librarians from South University and representatives from Credo Reference, the database that was voted Library Journal’s “Best Overall” in 2012. This will be a collaboration-focused session so bring your ideas to share!

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Information Literacy and E-Resources: Moving Beyond the Chalkboard

  1. 1. Information Literacy andE-ResourcesMoving Beyond the Chalkboard April 17, 2012 and April 19, 2012
  2. 2. Best Practices1. E-mail withLibraries Thriving questions or comments.2. Share comments and questions in the chatbox. Online Seminar Series—Fall 2011
  3. 3. IntroductionsJackie LaPlaca Ricords, John Shawler, Shiva Darbandi, Amanda DiFeterici, Credo Evangelist, Solutions Analyst, Solutions Associate, Head Librarian, Credo Reference Credo Reference Credo Reference South University Online Seminar Series—Spring 2012
  4. 4. E-Resources and Information Literacy: An Overview of the Research Jackie LaPlaca Ricords
  5. 5. Better is Possible“Arriving at meaningful solutions is an inevitably slow and difficult process. Nonetheless…. Better is possible. It does not take genius. It takes diligence. It takes moral clarity. It takesingenuity. And above all, it takes a willingness to try.”
  6. 6. What is it that makes change? “Entrepreneurship is the recognition and pursuit of opportunity without regard to the resources you currently control, with confidence that you can succeed, with the flexibility to change course asnecessary and with the will to rebound from setbacks.”
  7. 7. E-Resources and IL Research:Three Studies from Libraries Thriving
  8. 8. “Research seems to be far more difficult to conduct in the digital age than it did in previous times.”"Finding Context: What Todays College Student Say about Conducting Research in the Digital Age", Alison J. Head and Michael B. Eisenberg, Project Information Literacy Progress Report, University of Washingtons Information School, February 4, 2009 (18 pages, PDF, 864 KB).
  9. 9. For over three- fourths (84%) of the studentssurveyed, the most difficult step of the course-related research process was getting started. “ Truth Be Told: How College Students Evaluate and Use Information in the Digital Age, Alison J. Head and Michael B. Eisenberg, Project Information Literacy Progress Report, University of Washingtons Information School, November 1, 2010 (72 pages, PDF, 602 KB).
  10. 10. What are common frustrations your students experience while doing research?• Overwhelming information• Lack of context• Unfiltered search results• Absence of citable, trustworthy information "Finding Context: What Todays College Student Say about Conducting Research in the Digital Age", Alison J. Head and Michael B. Eisenberg, Project Information Literacy Progress Report, University of Washingtons Information School, February 4, 2009 (18 pages, PDF, 864 KB).
  11. 11. Cross Institutional Themes (Positive and Negative)Inadequate information literacyGoogle mindsetFull-text, on-line resourcesRole of librarianFaculty as mediatorsLibrary is a social institution ACRL Preconference (2011) on ERIAL Project:
  12. 12. Overall consensus between faculty and librarians is thatstudents need assistance with the following informationliteracy skills:  Finding research tools beyond Google and Wikipedia  Understanding the purpose of the library  Navigating the library  Assessing quality and reliability of information  Discerning between different types of materials  Conducting effective searches  Narrowing topics  Citing sources & avoiding plagiarism Library/faculty information literacy checklist: “ ALA 2011 publication on national study: College Libraries and Student Culture: What we Now Know by Lynda Duke and Andrew Asher
  13. 13. What are librarians doing to help?Improving discoveryDeveloping and teaching IL coursesStudent observation and involvement in the learning progressDeepening faculty collaboration
  14. 14. The Value of Academic Libraries: An ACRL Initiative- Align libraries with institutional outcomes- Empower libraries to carry out work locally- Create shared knowledge and understanding- Contribute to higher education assessment
  15. 15. Shifts in the Library Profession Products Service Facility PeopleMediation EnablingResources Educational Impact Sense-making Access (Information Literacy)
  16. 16. E-Resources and Information Literacy: Three Polls to Foster Collaboration
  17. 17. Free E-Resources for Your Library John Shawler
  18. 18. Khan Academy• Nonprofit organization dedicated to providing a high-quality education to anyone, anywhere.• Funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Google.• Great free e-resource for hard science• http://www.khanacadem
  19. 19. Omeka• Established at George Mason University as part of the Center for History and New Media.• Can be used to manage, store and publish your library’s digital collections and exhibits.•
  20. 20. Xtranormal & GoAnimate• Allows you to create animated videos by simply typing in the script.• Create a professional-looking video teaching a concept in a way that is engaging to students. Xtranormal• Free versions exist, but purchased plans allow you to remove the watermark and add your own. Low-priced educational accounts are available.•• GoAnimate GoAnimate
  21. 21. Free Images for Your Instruction Shiva Darbandi
  22. 22. Today’s Learners
  23. 23. The Copyright Puzzle
  24. 24. Creative Commons
  25. 25. The Licenses
  26. 26. Creative Commons Search
  27. 27. Selecting a License
  28. 28. ImageStamper
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  31. 31. OVERVIEW• Partnership with Literati • Develop Information Literacy materials • Provide content for CampusGuides/LibGuides• CampusGuides Administration • Minimize maintenance work • Simplify sharing for librarians
  32. 32. CHALLENGES • 10 campuses, 20,000+ students • 14,000+ online • Geographically dispersed • Limited staff • Connecting with stakeholders (faculty, SMEs)
  33. 33. INFORMATION LITERACY• QEP Topic• Map ACRL Outcomes to Student Learning Outcomes• Design “roadmap” of courses w/ Info Lit• Course Level • Instructional Design • Assessment • Delivery of content
  34. 34. BRING THE LIBRARY TO THE STUDENTS• Partnership with Literati• Tutorials /Videos & Assessments • For specific “roadmap” courses • UVC 1000 • General info literacy topics• Content for LibGuides •
  35. 35. OTHER USES• For courses off the “roadmap”• Mini Lessons • Bank of short ppts, videos, tutorials • Plagiarism, Wikipedia, • How to narrow a topic, APA Style • Mix and match to create lesson
  36. 36. SU CAMPUSGUIDES• Challenges • Geographically disconnected, limited staff • No site administrator/project plan • Free Skate!!!• Best Practices for Librarians • Policies/procedures • How-to instructions • Low maintenance • Flexibility
  37. 37. LIBRARIANS: BEST PRACTICES Best Practices Reusable Content• Policy/procedure • Global control of• How-to standard links• SU Info • Hub for shared content Template Box Types• To be copied • Demonstrations w/ SU• Standardized boxes Library info• Minimum requirements
  38. 38. Questions? Comments? Shiva Darbandi, Jackie LaPlaca Ricords,,, Solutions Associate, Credo Evangelist, Credo Reference Credo Reference John Shawler, Amanda DiFeterici,,, Solutions Analyst, Head Librarian, Credo Reference South University Online Seminar Series—Spring 2012