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Mission Critical: Information Literacy Reframed as a University Equality and Diversity Initiative - Baker

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Mission Critical: Information Literacy Reframed as a University Equality and Diversity Initiative - Baker

  1. 1. Mission Critical Information Literacy Reframed as a University Equality and Diversity Initiative
  2. 2. Think about it…. The politics of value/s and conference presentations — Interrogate caveats
  3. 3. Earlham: Fast Facts • Private, national liberal arts college • Richmond, Indiana, USA • 1,102 students • Tuition: $44,280 • Room: $5,200 • Meals: $4,720 • 7.5 FTE librarians (10 library staff FTE)
  4. 4. LIFT Program: Ends • Library Immersion Fellows Teams • Goal: external – To enhance first-generation student success • Goals: internal – To demonstrate the value of the library to student success – To align the library with institutional mission – To contribute to the overall student completion rate
  5. 5. LIFT Program: Means: 1 • Fall Term: “Library” – Small peer cohort and a “personal librarian” meet weekly for 8 weeks – Free iPad or mobile device – Eligible for free off-campus May Term • Spring Term: “Not Library” – Exclusive speaker panels – Campus Store stipend – Optional alumni mentors • May Term: “Library” Off-Campus
  6. 6. LIFT Program: Means: 2 • Fall Term: Who? – Cohorts of 3-10 LIFT students, 4-5 sections – Now: Approx. 10% of every new class (increasing) – Librarians, Writing Center Director, McNair Program Director • Spring Term: Who? – Ctr for Career and Community Engagement staff, Ctr for Global Engagement staff, Alumni Affairs staff • May Term: Who? – Librarian/faculty pair and 10-15 LIFT students
  7. 7. LIFT Program: Means: 3 • Budget Framework – Mobile devices / redirected endowment fund – Instructor stipends / redirected endowment fund – Campus store stipends / redirected endowment fund – May Term / library donor gift – Overhead / operating budget
  8. 8. Think/Pair/Share: Could you do something like LIFT? Barriers? Dangers? — 2 minutes with person nearby
  9. 9. LIFT Program: Fall Term • Built-In Tension – Content and/or relationships • Go-To Assignments – NY Times articles > library resources – Salient topics > library resources – Meta: Platform: iPad pros/cons + killer apps – Meta: “First Gen” discourses > library resources – Meta: “Being First” > IL as multimedia storytelling • Final Group Dinner
  10. 10. Think/Pair/Share: How do you tell an “at risk” student that you’re here to help? Suggestions? — 2 minutes with person nearby
  11. 11. LIFT Program: Results • Third-Semester Persistence: 4-Year Averages – 83.9% overall campus average (n = 1,131) – 85.6% continuing generation (n = 918) – 71.2% non-LIFT first generation (n = 118) – 77.9% LIFT first generation (n = 95) • LIFT May 2017 Montreal Cohort Persistence: – 92.9% (n = 14) • Takeaway Hypotheses : – Multifactor persistence effects – AACU HIP effect
  12. 12. LIFT May 2017: Montreal
  13. 13. Montreal Learning Outcomes • To pay close attention to aspects of “place” • To explore issues surrounding creative choices that represent place • To consider what it means to be a tourist and what it means to live in a neighborhood • To reflect on differences between Montreal, Quebec, Canada AND places you have lived • To pursue a topic of interest to you in the Montreal/Quebec/Canada context • To be more fully aware of your “place” in the world
  14. 14. IL: Montreal
  15. 15. IL: Montreal
  16. 16. Multimodal IL x 2 Daily • Take 5 photos to describe the visual qualities of “neighborhood” -- what neighborhoods “mean” and “are.” You’re aiming to express the essence of “neighborhood” visually. • 400-word reflection. Using vivid language, describe a place in Montreal in terms of sound and smell.
  17. 17. Multimodal IL x 2 Daily • Choose a color for the day. Take 5-7 photos where that color dominates. • 400-word reflection. Leonard Cohen said, “In Montreal spring is like an autopsy. Everyone wants to see the inside of the frozen mammoth. Girls rip off their sleeves and the flesh is sweet and white, like wood under green bark. From the streets a sexual manifesto rises like an inflating tire, ‘the winter has not killed us again!’” Comment based on sensory observations.
  18. 18. Photograph Justice. Explain.
  19. 19. Photograph Injustice. Explain.
  20. 20. Connect. Synthesize. Relate. • Connect any song you like to a place you visited today in Montreal. How does the song describe, comment on, or reflect the place you visited? • McGill University, Children’s Hospital, Cité du Multimedia, Parc X Neighborhood, UdM student
  21. 21. Multimodal IL & Assessment
  22. 22. Assessment: Self/Program • Ask yourself, “What do I know when I am in this place that I can know nowhere else?” – (Robert Macfarlane, The Old Ways: A Journey on Foot, New York: Penguin, 2012)
  23. 23. Evidence: Student Voices • “What I know here that I do not know back home is that I can be independent outside my country.” • “In Montreal, I know that I can find my way back home on my own.”
  24. 24. Evidence: Student Voices • “Yes, I am addicted to a stupid cellular device, but I also know that it is stupid and I am now going to use it accordingly and usefully when I am traveling and learning new things….” • “I am going to end with the alcohol situation. I have found that having the drinking age at 18 is cool and all for a couple of days, but after the initial shock of not being carded, it feels stupid to waste money on something I don’t even really like tasting.”
  25. 25. Evidence: Student Voices • “I cannot really trust anyone when I am home, but when I am in Canada I do feel safe. There aren’t many guns here but in the United States there is no way of staying away from the guns and killers because you interact with them on a daily in the United States….”
  26. 26. Evidence: Student Voices • “I also know I am safe here because I don’t need to pay for health insurance. It is free here. I know that when I get hurt or injured I will be able to get the care I need with out going in to debt. I can walk into the hospital and get treated for free but if I am in the United States, I know that I will have to pay for every visit from the doctor because that’s how the United States health care does it. There is nothing free in this world when it comes to the United States government. We are safe in Canada. We are not safe in the Unites States.”
  27. 27. Evidence: Student Voices • “Well, I think the answer is simple, confidence. Montreal, when I look back years from now will always be the starting point into my “fire”. These next few months don’t exactly feel like school as much as they feel like my crucible…. This trip, at the start of it I tried to isolate myself, not talk to my roommate, and stay alone in the preparation of the quiet aura Taiwan will show me. It didn’t work, and thankfully it didn’t. I know I can go out and wander a city now, I know I can make new friends, even if we don’t click exactly. Montreal is the beginning of my path to change the world and hit the ground running, and I’ve done a surprising amount of running here, alongside those new friends.”
  28. 28. Think/Pair/Share: Discuss the representational politics of evidence and sharing “feel good” stories about a library program for “at risk” students.” — 2 minutes with person nearby

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