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Teaching In A Tea House For Sl 9 13 07 Edited


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Reprise in Second Life of 2007 LOEX Conference Presentation on results of Fall 2006 LILi information literacy survey of California libraries.

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Teaching In A Tea House For Sl 9 13 07 Edited

  1. 1. Teaching in a Tea House Alexandria Knight (Esther Grassian, UCLA College Library) Buk Binder (Marsha Schnirring, Occidental College)
  2. 2. LOEX 2007 Conference Session Reprise… <ul><li>With permission: Brad Sietz, LOEX Director </li></ul><ul><li>Original Presenters: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Esther Grassian, UCLA </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Catherine Haras, California State University, Los Angeles </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Billy Pashaie, East L.A. College (now at Cypress College) </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Surprising LILi Data re Teaching! <ul><li>…in a Tea House (USC) </li></ul>
  4. 4. They’re also teaching… <ul><li>…in Spanish, Chinese, Hindi & American Sign Language (Alameda County Library) </li></ul><ul><li>Archiving VOIP (Voice Over IP) Library Sessions (National University) </li></ul>
  5. 5. LILi? <ul><li>What? </li></ul><ul><li>Why? </li></ul><ul><li>How? </li></ul><ul><li>Lessons Learned </li></ul><ul><li>Further Research </li></ul>
  6. 6. LILi: Lifelong Information Literacy <ul><li>Informal Group of Librarians </li></ul><ul><li>Spectrum of California Libraries </li></ul><ul><li>Investigating IL Definitions, Standards & Instruction </li></ul><ul><li>GOAL : Suggestions re Sequenced, Lifelong ILI Curriculum </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.library. ucla . edu/libraries/college/lili/index . htm </li></ul>
  7. 7. Why? Lit Review <ul><li>Hypothesis : ILI efforts across various types of libraries are not sequentially coordinated. </li></ul>
  8. 8. More… <ul><li>Interesting surprises re AASL and ACRL’s Blueprint for Collaboration </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>IFLA and UNESCO don’t mention sequential ILI </li></ul>
  9. 9. Even more… <ul><li>Pipeline & Lifelong ILI Underdeveloped </li></ul><ul><li>Cross-Institutional Collaboration Limited or Non-Existent </li></ul><ul><li>Obstacles </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Budget </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Time </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Personnel </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. California-Specific Problems <ul><li>Fewest FTE Library Media Teachers (LMTs) in Nation </li></ul><ul><li>No State IL Mandate </li></ul>
  11. 11. How? LILi Methodology: Survey Instrument <ul><li>Broad IL Definition </li></ul><ul><li>Goal re ILI in California: To ID… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>current practice </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>gaps </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>overlaps </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Issues <ul><li>IL Offered, but Not Labeled as IL </li></ul><ul><li>Instruction Differs Even Within Institutions </li></ul>
  13. 13. Questions… <ul><li># of Surveys to Use </li></ul><ul><li>No Funding </li></ul><ul><li>Soliciting Broad Cross-Section of Responses </li></ul><ul><li>Consciousness-Raising </li></ul><ul><li>Decision : 1 Zoomerang Survey </li></ul>
  14. 14. <ul><li>No Precedent </li></ul><ul><li>First Grassroots IL Survey Across All Types of Libraries </li></ul>
  15. 15. Data Collection <ul><li>Two Question Reviews by Expert </li></ul><ul><li>Spring 2006 Pilot </li></ul><ul><li>Fall 2006 Final Survey Mounted </li></ul>
  16. 16. More Issues… <ul><li>Difficult to Determine Total # of California Libraries </li></ul><ul><li>Missing Numbers… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Academic Library Branches </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Public Library Departments </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Private School Libraries or Library Media Centers </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. Numbers Available <ul><li>Public Libraries: 1,153 </li></ul><ul><li>Special Libraries: 1,017 </li></ul><ul><li>Academic Libraries: 346 </li></ul><ul><li>Public School Libraries or Library Media Centers: 6,340 </li></ul><ul><li>TOTAL : 8,856 </li></ul>
  18. 18. Survey Responses <ul><li>300 Total Responses </li></ul><ul><li>Geographically Distributed Across California </li></ul><ul><li>247 Usable Responses </li></ul>
  19. 19. Issues <ul><li>Results Cannot be Generalized </li></ul><ul><li>Interesting Data Tell Anecdotal Story </li></ul><ul><li>Reflects Range of Current IL Practice in California </li></ul><ul><li>Survey Analysis=Significance & Broadest Interest </li></ul>
  20. 20. Sample {n=247} <ul><li>Academic = 32% </li></ul><ul><li>Public = 16% </li></ul><ul><li>School = 48% </li></ul><ul><li>Special = 1% </li></ul><ul><li>Other = 5% </li></ul><ul><li>98% have an operating Library or Library Media Center </li></ul>
  21. 21. Serving a range of populations <ul><li>Up to 500 = 11% </li></ul><ul><li>501-5000 = 48% </li></ul><ul><li>5,001-20,000 = 16% </li></ul><ul><li>20,001-50,000 = 12% </li></ul><ul><li>Over 50,000 = 11% </li></ul>
  22. 22. 4 Preliminary Findings <ul><li>Professional Instruction using IL standards </li></ul><ul><li>Teaching infrequently assessed and not mandatory </li></ul><ul><li>Articulation beyond the institution is rare </li></ul><ul><li>Achievements and obstacles common across libraries </li></ul>
  23. 23. 1. Professional instruction using IL standards 95% <ul><li>For school or course-related assignments </li></ul><ul><ul><li>44% High school </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>36% Undergraduates </li></ul></ul>74% Using Librarians to teach (MLS/MLIS) 71% Using professionally developed standards 69% With a definition of IL 76% Offering instruction The number of libraries…
  24. 24. Type of instruction <ul><li>For ILI, few use blogs (7%), RSS feeds (4%), podcasts (2%) or wikis (2%) </li></ul>21% <ul><li>Interactive tutorials </li></ul>62% <ul><li>Instructional materials (bibliographies, finding aids) </li></ul>67% <ul><li>Group instruction </li></ul>71% <ul><li>Informational web pages </li></ul>90% <ul><li>Point of use or 1-on-1 </li></ul>
  25. 25. 2. Teaching not assessed frequently and not mandatory 18% With mandatory ILI 43% Without formal assessment practices Number of libraries…
  26. 26. We are teaching the same topics <ul><li>Surprises: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>36% teach evaluation of periodical articles </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>18% teach blogs and wikis </li></ul></ul>51% Basic computer functions 67% How the web works 89% Locating materials 95% Library catalog Overlapping instruction
  27. 27. 3. Articulation Beyond the Institution is Rare <ul><li>Only 7 of 247 libraries reported contact or collaboration with a sequencing institution </li></ul><ul><li>Only 48% include “ability to engage in lifelong learning” in their IL definition </li></ul>
  28. 28. 4. Achievements & Obstacles Common Across Libraries <ul><li>Highly valued achievements {N=195} </li></ul><ul><li>empowered users </li></ul><ul><li>establishing course-integrated or sequenced instruction </li></ul><ul><li>collaboration with faculty </li></ul><ul><li>ILI required or reaches most of their users </li></ul><ul><li>community support for ILI </li></ul>
  29. 29. 4. Achievements & Obstacles Common Across Libraries <ul><li>Challenges to ILI {N=195} </li></ul><ul><li>faculty resistance </li></ul><ul><li>staffing </li></ul><ul><li>time </li></ul><ul><li>funding </li></ul><ul><li>poor outreach </li></ul><ul><li>no mandate </li></ul><ul><li>a very small number noted lack of IL or poor quality IL at preceding (feeder) institution as impediment to instruction </li></ul>
  30. 30. Data for Academic Institutions
  31. 31. 27 Community Colleges 30% Senior citizens 30% General public teens 41% General public adults 7% Parents of college students 15% High school faculty 30% High school students 7% Middle school students Reach the following:
  32. 32. 27 Community Colleges <ul><li>All respondents assess student learning </li></ul><ul><ul><li>81% formally assess </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>100% informally assess </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>70% use “direct” assessment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>30% use “indirect” </li></ul></ul>
  33. 33. 27 Community Colleges <ul><li>Shasta College </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Teaches distinguishing among & using different types of images </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Santa Rosa Junior College </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Teaches problem-solving & decision-making </li></ul></ul>
  34. 34. 17 California State Universities (CSU) 29% Senior Citizens 35% General public 82% College faculty 100% Undergraduate/Graduates 65% High school students 29% Middle school students 18% Elementary school students Reach the following:
  35. 35. 17 California State Universities <ul><li>All respondents assess student learning </li></ul><ul><ul><li>100% informally assess </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>89% formally assess </li></ul></ul>
  36. 36. 21 Private Colleges & Universities <ul><li>Use ACRL Standards + Big 6 (U of Redlands) </li></ul><ul><li>Teach not to procrastinate (Loyola Marymount) </li></ul><ul><li>Teach how to set up alerts, use clipboard, get database help (Samuel Merritt College) </li></ul>
  37. 37. 12 University of California Libraries <ul><li>UC Irvine </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Teaches elementary school, junior high & high school students & faculty </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reaches every freshperson (4000/year) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>UC Santa Barbara </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Does IL in social settings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Uses cellphones </li></ul></ul>
  38. 38. Data For Other Types of Libraries
  39. 39. 40 Public Libraries <ul><li>Santa Clara County </li></ul><ul><ul><li>>100,000 users </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>80 full-time librarians </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use iPods & publicize widely </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reach 101-205/year </li></ul></ul>
  40. 40. More public libraries… <ul><li>Outreach to schools </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“Visit schools doing all day sessions for classes” (Palos Verdes District, Peninsula Center Library) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Berkeley Public Library </li></ul><ul><ul><li>No classes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>81-100% of users have serious or profound IL needs </li></ul></ul>
  41. 41. 3 Special Libraries <ul><li>Boeing Library </li></ul><ul><ul><li>>100,000 users </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>47 full-time & 3 part-time librarians </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Teach “how to avoid copyright problems” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Publicity : Corporate Intranet & Business Partner Staff Meetings </li></ul></ul>
  42. 42. Lessons Learned <ul><li>Need 4 Different Surveys </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on Smaller Geographic Area as Model </li></ul><ul><li>Ask Directly re Sequential IL </li></ul><ul><li>Funding Needed for Professional Survey </li></ul>
  43. 43. Further Research Is Needed <ul><li>Goal : An information literate populace </li></ul>