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The Librarian as Lecturer:Experiences on the other side of the fenceLILAC 2010Josh ClarkHugh MurphyUCD Library, University...
overview
what did we teach?IS20090 Web 2.0 and Social Media: AnIntroduction(Originally known as “etoys”)introduced in academic year...
Genesis
Genesis
UCD Library as Innovator      Instant messaging Life                Second
UCD Library as Innovator• UCD Library experimentation with Web  2.0 tools to enhance library services• Many library staff ...
genesis of the course• History of collaboration• Cataloguing & classification courses  already taught by librarian• Second...
genesis of the course• New course created specifically with  Library staff in mind• Designed for 2nd & 3rd year UG student...
nature of the course• An “elective” (implications!)• Disparate student demographic• Continual assessment and exam• Designe...
course breakdownweek 1 – introduction      week 9 – productivity toolsweek 2 – social networks   week 10 – social impactwe...
nature of the course• “practice what we preach” - used Ning  instead of traditional VLE• Broad array of topics, broad staf...
wisdom of crowds…
assessment summary• Assignments given at each class session• Students completed assignments as blog  postings• Varying lev...
Horses for (SILS) courses…  More traditional           Less traditional• one to many            • some to some• lecturer a...
…or same old song?• Still trying to convey information!• Still assessed via some sort of  examination• Arguably paradigm i...
does it inform information literacy             teaching?  • Different approach  • Gain greater knowledge of how    studen...
does it inform information literacy             teaching?  • Different approachInfo     rma         tio sympathy for acade...
does it inform information literacy             teaching?
librarians do it better?• Contribution is  mutually beneficial• Librarians bring  certain skills to the  table• Librarians...
Evaluation, or lessons learned A serious challenge…!   – developing new skills   – administrative duties   – answering (co...
challenges: learning space• Location not ideal for collaborative &  practical learning• Technical issues! (IT)• Highlighte...
challenges: administration!Administration  – One Library staff    administrator  – Involves many different,    unfamiliar ...
other challengesAssignments & Grading  – Q: Work has to reflect Web    2.0 philosophy?    A: Sometimes!  – Varying levels ...
risks• Administrative role: time-intensive and  daunting• Full-blown lecturer role not  “traditionally” a librarian’s remit?
rewards• Further recognition by School(s)• Boosts Library profile• Enhances IL skills – greater understanding of student n...
student feedback – the Good     “I found a lot of very interesting     information in [the course readings] and I     was ...
student feedback – the Good     “I would like to thank you and other     lecturers for giving me a chance to     learn abo...
conclusion• A learning experience!• LOTS of work & time• A departure from IL teaching – more  important to student?• Libra...
…and thanks also to the other members of the librarian lecturing team!Caleb Derven – Systems LibrarianRos Pan – Head of El...
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Presentation for the Librarians’ Information Literacy Annual Conference (LILAC 2010), March 29th - 31st 2010, Limerick, Ireland

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The librarian as lecturer : experiences on the other side of the fence. Authors: Josh Clark, Hugh Murphy

  1. 1. The Librarian as Lecturer:Experiences on the other side of the fenceLILAC 2010Josh ClarkHugh MurphyUCD Library, University College Dublin UCD Library Leabharlann UCD
  2. 2. overview
  3. 3. what did we teach?IS20090 Web 2.0 and Social Media: AnIntroduction(Originally known as “etoys”)introduced in academic year2008-2009repeated for 2009-2010
  4. 4. Genesis
  5. 5. Genesis
  6. 6. UCD Library as Innovator Instant messaging Life Second
  7. 7. UCD Library as Innovator• UCD Library experimentation with Web 2.0 tools to enhance library services• Many library staff involved in various projects over the years• Staff knowledge of and familiarity with the tools• Acknowledged by SILS
  8. 8. genesis of the course• History of collaboration• Cataloguing & classification courses already taught by librarian• Second Life collaboration• Head of School approached Library to design & teach a Web 2.0 module
  9. 9. genesis of the course• New course created specifically with Library staff in mind• Designed for 2nd & 3rd year UG students• Initial course offered, Autumn 2008• Recommenced with modifications, Autumn 2009
  10. 10. nature of the course• An “elective” (implications!)• Disparate student demographic• Continual assessment and exam• Designed to be interactive & hands-on (Web 2ish / non traditional)
  11. 11. course breakdownweek 1 – introduction week 9 – productivity toolsweek 2 – social networks week 10 – social impactweek 3 – blogs week 11 – future & theweek 4 – RSS Semantic Web)week 5 – wikis week 12 – final exam!week 6 – podcastsweek 7 – virtual worldsweek 8 – online video
  12. 12. nature of the course• “practice what we preach” - used Ning instead of traditional VLE• Broad array of topics, broad staff involvement• Solely administered by Library staff – “team approach”
  13. 13. wisdom of crowds…
  14. 14. assessment summary• Assignments given at each class session• Students completed assignments as blog postings• Varying levels of interaction in each class (attendance & participation graded)
  15. 15. Horses for (SILS) courses… More traditional Less traditional• one to many • some to some• lecturer as teacher • lecturer as facilitator?• tends towards • tends toward didactic immersive • has specific ICT• can be taught requirements almost anywhere • students from any• all students of discipline, any level Information Science, etc
  16. 16. …or same old song?• Still trying to convey information!• Still assessed via some sort of examination• Arguably paradigm is not completely different
  17. 17. does it inform information literacy teaching? • Different approach • Gain greater knowledge of how students use Web 2.0 to conduct their research • One enhances the other
  18. 18. does it inform information literacy teaching? • Different approachInfo rma tio sympathy for academics b 2.0 • Gain n lite r acy We t ools • Skill sets overlap • One enhances the other
  19. 19. does it inform information literacy teaching?
  20. 20. librarians do it better?• Contribution is mutually beneficial• Librarians bring certain skills to the table• Librarians develop certain skills• practice makes perfect
  21. 21. Evaluation, or lessons learned A serious challenge…! – developing new skills – administrative duties – answering (constant) student queries – marking – exams – course needs 360° support Gain sympathy for academics
  22. 22. challenges: learning space• Location not ideal for collaborative & practical learning• Technical issues! (IT)• Highlighted the need for innovative learning spaces on campus
  23. 23. challenges: administration!Administration – One Library staff administrator – Involves many different, unfamiliar duties – And…a myriad of other duties as well
  24. 24. other challengesAssignments & Grading – Q: Work has to reflect Web 2.0 philosophy? A: Sometimes! – Varying levels of marking experience – 8 lecturers: consistency a challenge
  25. 25. risks• Administrative role: time-intensive and daunting• Full-blown lecturer role not “traditionally” a librarian’s remit?
  26. 26. rewards• Further recognition by School(s)• Boosts Library profile• Enhances IL skills – greater understanding of student needs & ways of gathering/interacting with information• Pay?!
  27. 27. student feedback – the Good “I found a lot of very interesting information in [the course readings] and I was often reading with my mouth wide open in amazement. I would not have read the information about these topics myself, so I was happy to find such current information about the contemporary web and also social issues in an university module... I will remember this module as one of the brightest experiences from all my academic life here at UCD. Thank you very much.”
  28. 28. student feedback – the Good “I would like to thank you and other lecturers for giving me a chance to learn about Web 2.0. It was not something I would be able to learn back in Korea and it surely made a memorable experience in my exchange year here at UCD.”
  29. 29. conclusion• A learning experience!• LOTS of work & time• A departure from IL teaching – more important to student?• Librarian perspective on Web 2.0 tools – a beneficial aspect of the course
  30. 30. …and thanks also to the other members of the librarian lecturing team!Caleb Derven – Systems LibrarianRos Pan – Head of Electronic Strategy & Innovation THANKS!James Molloy – Assistant Librarian, Reader ServicesCathal MacCauley – former Head of Reader ServicesDiarmuid Stokes – Liaison Librarian, Vet Medicine,etc.Shane McLoughlin – SILS PhD candidate

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