INFORMATION LITERACY AT
That was IL then!
The traditional one hour
face to face library class
Needing to reach students in their online environment
THIS IS IL NOW!!!!
So CQUniversity Library launched
LibGuides in 2007
And according to Springshare (the creator)
LibGuides are the
Most Popular Web Publishing
Platform for Libraries !!
LibGuides: An online
product designed to help
students navigate through
the information maze!!!
Allows You (the librarian)
to create discipline,
subject, course, or topic
AND WE DID !!!!!
146 of them !!!!
OVER TIME SOME ACADEMICS WERE HAPPY TO
ADD A LINK TO THE SPECIFIC LIBGUIDE - THUS
BEGAN OUR “MOODLE INFILTRATION” !
AND IN SOME
SOME ACADEMICS LET US EMBED
SPECIFIC LIBGUIDE CONTENT INTO WEEKLY
SECTIONS IN MOODLE: E.G. HERE IN WEEK 6.
AND THEN !!!
SOME ACADEMICS GAVE US CARTE BLANCHE
TO CREATE VERY SPECIFIC IL ACTIVITIES
WITHIN THEIR MOODLE SITES.
TOLD US THEY
WERE BEING USED
• Suggest a high use of LibGuides
• Presume product/content is serving its
So with such wonderful numbers,
there must be a relationship
between LibGuides usage and
But how true was that picture really?
Was IL content, regardless of where
students accessed it from, actually
assisting them with their learning
Based on findings from my initial literature review
coupled with our own LibGuide statistics, I
proposed to conduct an online survey of
undergraduate CQUniversity students on their use
• Information-seeking behaviour of UG students
• Specifically designed content in LibGuides
• IL skills development?
• Student learning outcomes?
• LibGuide Content and format – fit for
What did I ask students?
• typical demographic questions
• Age range, discipline, year of study & mode of study
• about their assessment tasks
• their use of content in LibGuides
• their perception of LibGuide value to their
HOW LOW WAS THE RESPONSE RATE
I HEAR YOU ASK ?
• 34 students from FABIE
• with 21% from the school of Humanities and Communication
• 26 students from FSEH
• with 35% from the School of Health and Human Services
What did students say they had
the most trouble with?
• figuring out what the assessment task means = 34%
• coming up with suitable terms for databases = 39%
• critically evaluating information = 38%
Rated 85% followed closely by
course readings @ 80%
Asking a Librarian 15 %
So how many said they
YES = 69%
NO = 31%