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The librarian as lecturer: experiences on the other side of the fence. Clark & Murphy

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The librarian as lecturer: experiences on the other side of the fence. Clark & Murphy

  1. 1. The Librarian as Lecturer: Experiences on the other side of the fence LILAC 2010 Josh Clark Hugh Murphy UCD Library, University College Dublin Leabharlann UCDUCD Library
  2. 2. overview
  3. 3. what did we teach? IS20090 Web 2.0 and Social Media: An Introduction (Originally known as “etoys”) introduced in academic year 2008-2009 repeated for 2009-2010
  4. 4. Genesis
  5. 5. Genesis
  6. 6. UCD Library as Innovator
  7. 7. UCD Library as Innovator
  8. 8. UCD Library as Innovator
  9. 9. UCD Library as Innovator
  10. 10. UCD Library as Innovator Second Life
  11. 11. UCD Library as Innovator Second Life
  12. 12. 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
  13. 13. 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
  14. 14. 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
  15. 15. nature of the course • An “elective” (implications!) • Disparate student demographic • Continual assessment and exam • Designed to be interactive & hands-on (Web 2ish / non traditional)
  16. 16. course breakdown week 1 – introduction week 2 – social networks week 3 – blogs week 4 – RSS week 5 – wikis week 6 – podcasts week 7 – virtual worlds week 8 – online video week 9 – productivity tools week 10 – social impact week 11 – future & the Semantic Web) week 12 – final exam!
  17. 17. 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”
  18. 18. wisdom of crowds…
  19. 19. wisdom of crowds…
  20. 20. assessment summary • Assignments given at each class session • Students completed assignments as blog postings • Varying levels of interaction in each class (attendance & participation graded)
  21. 21. Horses for (SILS) courses… • one to many • lecturer as teacher • tends towards didactic • can be taught almost anywhere • all students of Information Science, etc • some to some • lecturer as facilitator? • tends toward immersive • has specific ICT requirements • students from any discipline, any level More traditional Less traditional
  22. 22. …or same old song? • Still trying to convey information! • Still assessed via some sort of examination • Arguably paradigm is not completely different
  23. 23. 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
  24. 24. does it inform information literacy teaching? • Different approach • Gain sympathy for academics • Skill sets overlap • One enhances the other Information literacy Web 2.0 tools
  25. 25. does it inform information literacy teaching?
  26. 26. librarians do it better? • Contribution is mutually beneficial • Librarians bring certain skills to the table • Librarians develop certain skills • practice makes perfect!
  27. 27. 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
  28. 28. challenges: learning space • Location not ideal for collaborative & practical learning • Technical issues! (IT) • Highlighted the need for innovative learning spaces on campus
  29. 29. challenges: administration! Administration – One Library staff administrator – Involves many different, unfamiliar duties – And…a myriad of other duties as well
  30. 30. other challenges Assignments & Grading – Q: Work has to reflect Web 2.0 philosophy? A: Sometimes! – Varying levels of marking experience – 8 lecturers: consistency a challenge
  31. 31. risks • Administrative role: time-intensive and daunting • Full-blown lecturer role not “traditionally” a librarian’s remit?
  32. 32. rewards • Further recognition by School(s) • Boosts Library profile • Enhances IL skills – greater understanding of student needs & ways of gathering/interacting with information • Pay?!
  33. 33. 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.”
  34. 34. 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.”
  35. 35. 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
  36. 36. THANKS!
  37. 37. …and thanks also to the other members of the librarian lecturing team! Caleb Derven – Systems Librarian Ros Pan – Head of Electronic Strategy & Innovation James Molloy – Assistant Librarian, Reader Services Cathal MacCauley – former Head of Reader Services Diarmuid Stokes – Liaison Librarian, Vet Medicine, etc. Shane McLoughlin – SILS PhD candidate

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