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Librarians in Learning Management Systems

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Presentation on how libraries can embed themselves and integrate information literacy instruction in learning management platforms; given at the 2018 Leading Edge Libraries Conference, sponsored by the Florida-Caribbean Chapter of the Special Libraries Association.

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Librarians in Learning Management Systems

  1. 1. Librarians in Learning Management Systems
  2. 2. What is a Learning Management System? ▪ A software application for creating, managing, and delivering educational content ▪ Runs on an internet-connected server to allow logins by students and instructors from multiple locations ▪ LMS for short ▪ AKA Course Management System (CMS) and Online Learning Environment (OLE) 2
  3. 3. Popular Learning Management Systems 3
  4. 4. Uses for Learning Management Systems ▪ Delivery of completely online courses with synchronous and asynchronous components ▪ Delivery of the asynchronous online component for hybrid courses that have synchronous face-to-face meetings ▪ Professional training site ▪ Any situation that involves learning in a community context 4
  5. 5. Ways Academic Librarians Approach Learning Management Systems 5 MACRO micro
  6. 6. Embedding Library Services in Learning Management Systems Links to the Library 6
  7. 7. Embedding Library Services in Learning Management Systems Library Catalog Search 7
  8. 8. Embedding Library Services in Learning Management Systems Course-Specific Library Links … More possibilities with RSS and APIs! 8
  9. 9. Embedding Librarians in Learning Management Systems Participating in online instruction 9
  10. 10. Embedding Librarians in Learning Management Systems 10
  11. 11. Embedding Librarians in Learning Management Systems Suggestions for Micro-Level Embedded Librarianship ▪ Be strategic about which courses ▪ Start with faculty allies ▪ Set clear and realistic expectations with the professor and students ▪ Maintain balance, boundaries, and priorities throughout the course --> time management! 11
  12. 12. Librarian as Administrator of the Learning Management System What is involved: ▪ Liaison between vendor and administration - Contract negotiation - Major/minor upgrades - Troubleshooting ▪ Oversee design and customization of the site ▪ Maintain user accounts ▪ Create course shells ▪ Establish enrollment pathways ▪ Training and documentation for end users ▪ Providing or organizing front line support for end users 12
  13. 13. Librarian as Administrator of the Learning Management System How it happened at Lancaster Seminary: ▪ Previously supported by off-campus contractor - No system upgrades since 2012 - Sporadic, inconsistent responsiveness ▪ Change in curriculum --> hybrid courses ▪ Needs: an updated system and in-house front line support ▪ Seminary Librarian = logical choice to lead transition - Experienced overseeing migrations - Experienced negotiating vendor contracts - Experienced in site design - Attuned to both student and faculty needs 13
  14. 14. New Frontier for Integrated Information Literacy ▪ System administration offers new insight into teaching and learning ▪ Advocate for developing literacy skills in multiple ways throughout a student’s degree program ▪ Lancaster Seminary’s plan for integration: - Presentations at faculty meetings to raise awareness - Faculty survey on Framework knowledge practices as related to our Master of Divinity goals and outcomes - Pilot integration of a selected frame: develop learning outcomes and activities - Assess results of pilot - Develop a curriculum map for all six frames - Begin integration of remaining frames - Assess and refine 14
  15. 15. New Frontier for Integrated Information Literacy ▪ Benefits and Opportunities of the Librarian as System Administrator - Awareness and knowledge of how course sites are constructed - Easier to tailor embedded library/librarian services - Leverage newer features in the learning management system, e.g., Moodle’s competency frameworks - Ease of access to student artifacts for assessment purposes - Relate to and support teaching and learning on a new level - Embedded librarianship for online and hybrid pedagogy 15
  16. 16. 16 Thanks! Any questions? Myka Kennedy Stephens mkstephens@lancasterseminary.edu Facebook: mykakennedystephens http://mission-information.org

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