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Reinventing information literacy instruction through experimentation and play


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Reinventing information literacy instruction through experimentation and play

  1. Reinventing information literacyinstruction through experimentation and play Jemima McDonald & Sophie McDonald UTS Library @misssophiemac
  2. Where we were Scary anonymous library Stern shushing librarians Sit down and face front classes The walled garden Wordy webpages are woeful The B word Image credit: Young Woman Sleeping On A Pile Of Books. Photography.Encyclopædia Britannica Image Quest. Web. 2 Nov 2011.
  3. What changed Library of the future Staff encouraged to experiment with new ways of thinking and doing things in preparation for our Library of the Future. Plan to move in 2016. Leading to cultural change. Web 2.0 New tools and ways of engaging with information has changed the way our clients find, use, create and share information. Leading to changed needs and expectations of our clients.
  4. Info lit changes More expansive view of information literacy Delivered in non-traditional ways e.g. via social media and blogs Screencasts for interactive online support Simplify the language, structure & content of the class (more hands on) More in line with what/how students are using their own searching tools e.g. Google Scholar Use basic search interface in databases Gaming elements Quizzes No more B word (at least not to undergrads) Use of web tools into classes
  5. Cultural change Pirate hat Wednesday Planning day Edible books Sustainability Engagement Forum Yammer
  6. Collaboration Image: Cell Biology student posters displayed in the library Work with student support units to: Work with Faculty to: • Deliver IL • Showcase student work • Feedback on what students need • Joint projects • Events library staff can be involved in
  7. What we’re doing Face to face classes Faculty workshops Power sessions for staff Game-based learning Online support Instant chat Study Skills YouTube screencasts Just in time learning Flexible delivery Mobile support QR codes Promoting IL via social media Focus on First Year Experience Focus on Research students and ECR
  8. Information Literacy f2f classes Optional classes • Orientation program • Intro to Library research - Xtranorml quiz • Classes in Chinese: library research &referencing • Referencing: how to reference using Harvard UTS style • Mobile searching: finding information via UTS Library mobile website, apps to help with study/teaching/research • Google Skills 1 and 2: including Google Scholar, RSS feeds using Google Reader and iGoogle
  9. Information Literacy f2f classes Optional classes • Collaborative tools: using Diigo and Google Docs • Finding images: creative commons licensing, educational use and reusing images correctly • Advanced database searching: including mindmapping • Finding statistics for Sciences and Social Sciences • Make me famous: how to publish more strategically by using ERA journal lists, impact factors and maximise your impact by using the h- index and other measures • Get connected: how to use databases and social media to connect with other researchers and share your research
  10. f2f Faculty classes Organised by librarian and Faculty member • Treasure hunts • In lecture demonstrations • Embedded information literacy instruction in subject • Embedded Library support in the uni Learning Management System (LMS) • Power sessions for staff • Proactive approach to seeing opportunities for IL • Design students “Amazing race”
  11. Evaluating the fun Informal: • Are people paying attention? • Lots of positive feedback after the class “You guys give the most wonderful workshops!” • Feedback from interactions with students in classes, Research Help Desk Formal: • Evaluation form on the library website • 2 Question Survey each month (Jemima anecdote)
  12. Break time
  13. Fun day Why? • First year experience • Engagement • Library is fun! Games: • Online quiz • Murder mystery • Perfect paper plane • Treasure hunt • Technology petting zoo • Kinect • XBox • Sausage sizzle • Librarian or not • Face painting • Photo caption competition • Rogues gallery
  14. Treasure hunts Treasure hunts using QR codes Nursing treasure hunts Scavenger hunt apps Online treasure hunt Lesson: f2f treasure hunts more successful
  15. Screencasting • Increase coverage of online tutorials • Available for revision after class is over • Specialised for academic staff to embed in LMS • Introduced interactivity/quizzes • InfoSkills Bank • Youtube • Embedr • Trying different software • Goal is to teach all information services staff how to create screencasts
  16. QR codes Started using them in 2009 Using them on posters, bookmarks, brochures to link to online content and competitions Using them in the library to link to instructional and informative video via YouTube Recently usage went through the roof when we introduced ‘flush ads’ with QR codes. That is back of toilet door promos Used them for Fun Day treasure hunt to deliver clues Usage is increasing along with awareness and usage of our
  17. YouTube Started in 2009 with the Lib:flicks competition Now have over 43,000 views with 20,000 of those for one video We have video tours of the library, instructional videos, student and staff videos about their vision of the library of the future, competition winners and events We link to YouTube videos via our website, library news, Facebook and Twitter sites, and QR codes Library staff are encouraged to create content Benefits: accessible on all newer mobile devices, easily embedded in website, LMS and shared on social networks
  18. Facebook Started in 2009. Created a social media policy, staff awareness and training. Took at least a year to build up a strong online community. Now have over 1400 Likes and over 5000 check ins. 1300 monthly active users Library news feeds through automatically. Also share links, tips, vodcasts, workshops, competitions and photos People like and comment on our updates, ask questions, make suggestions Web stats show Facebook is the highest external referrer to our website after Google Facebook quiz
  19. Facebook Photo captioning comp during orientation
  20. Twitter Started in 2009 Not as popular as Facebook for our community – over 1000 followers Follow what people are saying about us and respond directly Watching official mentions @utslibrary or uts library or event hashtags People checkin on Foursquare Encouraging staff to tweet from library events and conferences to share information with colleagues outside the room – Global reach
  21. Flickr Showing human face of library Visual history Engagement Sharing Competitions Transparency
  22. Blogs: Culture of reading Encourage reading Communication skills Academic language Indigenous Reading Group Fortnightly Reading Group
  23. Blogs: Research support Save me time Make me famous Writing group for researchers Diigo group for sharing links Vodcasts of Research Week Promoted via Facebook and Twitter Research tools & data
  24. Research Week 2011 Collaboration with support staff from across the university Developed new workshops with needs of researchers in mind Expertise development for library staff Stronger ties with research community Blogging, tweeting all week Vodcasts available
  25. Research Week workshops
  26. Mobile Mobile Library website, catalogue with location maps, room bookings, PC availability, subject resources Increase in people wanting to know how to use tablets for study, teaching, research Developing mobile literacy for clients and staff by running mobile searching workshops and staff mobile learning program Delivering mobile friendly IL support via YouTube, Facebook and Twitter Testing mobile databases Major projects for our Library of the Future: RFID and library retrieval system (LRS) – we MUST be mobile ready
  27. What next? Study Skills launch Managing a large load of classes More formal evaluation of IL over time Embed Study Skills into UTS Online (LMS) More game based learning investigating new software Mobile learning Continue to listen, watch, learn, experiment, play, desi gn, implement and evaluate
  28. Take aways Information literacy has a huge role in the future of libraries As long as we consider the whole information world of our clients and not take a narrow view We must consider digital and mobile literacy We must be engaged with our clients and learn new skills to support them We must promote what we do – where they’ll hear it!
  29. Questions? Thanks! And a huge thanks to all the UTS Library staff who have worked so hard to make all these wonderful things happen Jemima McDonald & Sophie McDonald UTS Library @jemimaeve @misssophiemac