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Damned if we do and damned       if we don’t …How to address sustainability in the deliveryof information literacy compone...
UCD Library Information Literacy map
Outline• Current approach to information literacy• Benefits and Challenges• Suggestions for sustaining delivery into  the ...
Current Approach• Assessed module with specific assignment    Sometimes graded by Library staff• Library skills component...
Current Approach
Examples• Problem/Enquiry Based Learning    1st year English & Spanish    Library workshops integrated into ‘problems’• ...
Benefits
“Without close liaison with the library from the earliest stages, EBL inEnglish simply would not have happened, and our co...
We have Success!!!!     Information Literacy is embedded in modules     Academics understand the value of librarians and I...
But at what price…?• Average of one extra module each year• 89% T&LIS information skills delivered by 5 librarians• Huge a...
The more wedo the more isasked of us……Have webecome victimsof our ownsuccess?
Challenges
If this is unsustainable…..Where do we go from here?
Just Quit?But wheredoes thatleave us?
And how willthe academiccommunity viewour role?
How do we make it sustainable?• Online Tutorial - VLE      Little cost involved      Plagiarism Tutorial in UCD VLE    ...
How do we make it sustainable?• Flexible teams of staff – Library structure    Currently Liaison Librarians ‘dedicated to...
The Future?...The Library at the heart oflearning enterprise
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Damned if we do damned if we don’t : how to address sustainability in the delivery of information literacy components in UCD. Authors: Lorna Dodd, Valerie Kendlin

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Presentation for Librarians’ Information Literacy Annual Conference (LILAC 2010), March 29th - 31st 2010, Limerick, Ireland. 2009-03-29.

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Damned if we do damned if we don’t : how to address sustainability in the delivery of information literacy components in UCD. Authors: Lorna Dodd, Valerie Kendlin

  1. 1. Damned if we do and damned if we don’t …How to address sustainability in the deliveryof information literacy components in UCD Lorna Dodd Valerie Kendlin Liaison Librarian Deputy Head of Academic Services, Human Sciences Business & Law, University College Dublin, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland Ireland Lorna.dodd@ucd.ie Valerie.kendlin@ucd.ie
  2. 2. UCD Library Information Literacy map
  3. 3. Outline• Current approach to information literacy• Benefits and Challenges• Suggestions for sustaining delivery into the future
  4. 4. Current Approach• Assessed module with specific assignment  Sometimes graded by Library staff• Library skills component mandatory  Fully integrated into module• Library coordination  One member of T&LIS group manages all aspects of library’s involvement  Content delivered by wider T&LIS Group  Each module supported by Library Assistant team
  5. 5. Current Approach
  6. 6. Examples• Problem/Enquiry Based Learning  1st year English & Spanish  Library workshops integrated into ‘problems’• 3rd year Economics  Final Year project  Focused workshops & assessed worksheets  15%-30% of final grade• Skills for the Humanities  First years  Introduction to library resources, using Internet appropriately, using information ethically  Assessed worksheets
  7. 7. Benefits
  8. 8. “Without close liaison with the library from the earliest stages, EBL inEnglish simply would not have happened, and our contact with library staffhas definitely improved the module design and delivery.”Dr. Danielle Clarke, School of English, Drama & Film & former VP for Teaching& Learning“…the library’s involvement in the module facilitates the development of thestudents as effective learners. The students can then face into furtherand ongoing studies with confidence and commitment. “Dr. Feargal Murphy, VP for Teaching & Learning“Collaborating with UCD Library staff has enabled a blend of experienceand expertise which would have been otherwise impossible;…”Dr. Claire McGuinness, School of Information & Library Studies"Involving the librarian challenges us to ‘think outside the box’ rather thanbeing driven by content alone resulting in a more dynamic and creativeapproach“Ms. Alison Clancy, School of Nursing, Midwifery & Health Systems
  9. 9. We have Success!!!! Information Literacy is embedded in modules Academics understand the value of librarians and IL to the student experience
  10. 10. But at what price…?• Average of one extra module each year• 89% T&LIS information skills delivered by 5 librarians• Huge administrative work attached to each 50 minute class• Leading and co-ordinating the work of group almost a full- time job• Staff fatigue
  11. 11. The more wedo the more isasked of us……Have webecome victimsof our ownsuccess?
  12. 12. Challenges
  13. 13. If this is unsustainable…..Where do we go from here?
  14. 14. Just Quit?But wheredoes thatleave us?
  15. 15. And how willthe academiccommunity viewour role?
  16. 16. How do we make it sustainable?• Online Tutorial - VLE  Little cost involved  Plagiarism Tutorial in UCD VLE  First launched 2008/09  Technical Skills not required  Useful for generic skills – which we still deliver• Online Tutorial – Stand Alone  Can be very expensive  Technical expertise required  May be better for meeting specific needs• Good complimentary tool  Blended approach
  17. 17. How do we make it sustainable?• Flexible teams of staff – Library structure  Currently Liaison Librarians ‘dedicated to specific Schools  Developing new strategic plan  Utilising the whole team – e.g. experience and skills of Library assistants• Programme rather than module approach  Complexity of organisation i.e. BA  Look at overlap i.e. Business & Spanish  Staggered delivery by year/level  Intervention at point of need• Maximum no of sessions agreed in advance  Communication with Schools
  18. 18. The Future?...The Library at the heart oflearning enterprise

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