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Teaching with WorldCat Local: What's Different?


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At the LOEX 2011 conference, Meg Grotti and Karen Sobel presented a discussion on teaching with the WorldCat Local library catalog discovery layer. Their presentation focused on honestly laying out the benefits and challenges of teaching with WCL, and ideas for making teaching better.

The final slide of this presentation links to a group for library instructors who teach with WorldCat Local (or those who are interested in this topic). Viewers are welcome to join.

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Teaching with WorldCat Local: What's Different?

  1. 1. Teaching with WorldCat Local: What’s Different?<br />Meg Grotti, University of Delaware<br />Karen Sobel, University of Colorado-Denver<br />
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  3. 3. Whose Libraries have WorldCat Local?<br />
  4. 4. Disclaimer<br />
  5. 5. Thesis Statement<br />
  6. 6. Agenda<br />Results First! What we discovered<br />Methodology <br />Themes, challenges and recommendations<br />Institutional context<br />Brainstorming guide<br />Q&A<br /> Discussions Throughout!<br />
  7. 7. What we discovered<br />Survey focused upon 3 major themes:<br />Skills Taught<br />Populations Taught<br />Materials Searched<br />
  8. 8. Methodology<br />Practical, informal ways of coming up with real questions <br />From questions to scholarly inquiry<br />Identifying WCL academic libraries: OCLC-WCL-L listserv <br />“Snowball” survey<br />Gathering data using Google Forms<br />Horrible long link to our survey:<br />
  9. 9. Theme 1: Skills Taught<br />New emphasis on Interlibrary Loan, networked libraries<br />Shift in searching paradigm<br />Librarians are teaching with WorldCat Local in a similar way to traditional catalog systems<br />
  10. 10. Theme 1: Skills Taught:Recommendations<br />Multiple Formats= Teaching Moment<br />Information Dissemination Timeline<br />Citation Tools<br />List function can support groupwork<br />
  11. 11. Discussion<br />When you teach with WorldCat Local, what information literacy skills do you tend to emphasize?<br />
  12. 12. Theme 2: Populations Taught<br />No great difference between populations taught<br />“Tiered Approach”<br />
  13. 13. Theme 2: Populations TaughtRecommendations<br />Beginning Researchers:<br />Build on prior knowledge<br />Exploration<br />Format basics<br /> Intermediate Researchers:<br />Higher level tasks<br />Citation /Attribution<br />Authorities on a subject<br />
  14. 14. Discussion<br />Do you find yourself teaching WorldCat Local more to some populations than others? <br />Do you find that some populations gravitate towards this resource while others do not?<br />
  15. 15. Theme 3: Materials Searched<br />Searching for select material types<br />Books, a/v<br />OR searching for “all”<br />Why doesn’t anyone focus on article searching?<br />
  16. 16. Theme 3: Materials SearchedRecommendations<br />Searching “all” helps students learn about material formats.<br />Article searching always gets results.<br />Learn who can change what.<br />
  17. 17. Discussion<br />Who has had good luck with teaching article searching via WCL? <br />Would anyone like to share techniques? <br />Do these work with all patron groups, or only specific ones?<br />
  18. 18. Institutional Context:<br />How WCL is integrated in your library<br />Patrons’ immediate needs<br />Patrons’ future research needs<br />Patrons’ backgrounds in terms of experience, language, and more<br />
  19. 19. Brainstorming Guide<br />Different best practices for every institution<br />Most institutions need a tiered approach<br />Brainstorming guide + your institutional knowledge = WCL teaching success!<br />
  20. 20. Keep in touch<br />Discussion group:<br /><br />group/wclinstructors<br /><br /><br />
  21. 21. Image Credits and References<br />All Images were distributed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0) license<br />“Old Time Bath” by The Pfaus<br />“Classroom of Students” by Tulane Publications<br />“Open Book” by Sarah Michael “School Supplies” by WirawatLian-udom“Study” by Lester Public Library “School Bus” by GeofferyKehrig“Front of Classroom” by Chris Campbell “Angela Thompson” by Tulane Publications “School Supplies” by tormol“Lecture Hall” by uniinnsbruck“Brainstorming” by Marco Arment<br />“Wet Feet” by p4nc0np4n<br />“Steps” by Larry Miller<br />