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Librarians as teachers integrated        with the curriculum                              flickr.com/photos/mcginnly/21976...
Librarians as teachers…..• We are talking  about  information  literacy (IL)• But what do  we mean?
Why does IL matter still?Photo by Flickingerbrad licensed under Creative Commons   Photo by starmanseries licensed under C...
Research at                      May – June          Academic University of                        2011               advi...
ANCIL: rethinking IL                         Secker &                       Coonan (2011)
Information literacy is a continuum of    skills, behaviours, approaches andvalues that is so deeply entwined with the    ...
What do we know about IL?• Needs to be taught in  context: discipline, level• Value needs to be  recognised by faculty and...
Embedding vs integrating?• We really mean is integrating• Thus, IL is about changing the  curriculum = challenging!• Acade...
Joining up support• ANCIL is not prescriptive  about who teaches  information literacy• Success involves joining  up IL pr...
The role of staff development• Librarians to be teachers• Educational developers  to recognise the need for  IL• For facul...
Case studies from LSE• ANCIL institutional  audit• Integration of  information literacy  and educational  technologies int...
ANCIL as an audit tool• Piloted by Katy Wrathall as phase 2 of Arcadia  research from October – December 2011• Interviews ...
Teaching & Learning Centre                                                             Language Centre                    ...
Key findings: students• Information use is driven by reading  lists and resources in VLE• Dependent on lecturers for direc...
Integration into teacher            training• First step to changing academic  practice is to integrate into PGCert  taken...
In conclusion• Information literacy is vital for learners to be  successful in the digital age• ANCIL offers a broader way...
Further reading• ANCIL Curriculum and related documents:  http://newcurriculum.wordpress.com• ANCIL You Tube video: http:/...
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Librarians as teachers integrated with the curriculum

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A presentation gives at the Future strategies for university and college libraries conference on 18th October 2012. Organised by Neal Stewart Associates: http://www.neilstewartassociates.com/jb337/

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Librarians as teachers integrated with the curriculum

  1. 1. Librarians as teachers integrated with the curriculum flickr.com/photos/mcginnly/2197675676 Dr Jane Secker London School of Economics and Political Science j.secker@lse.ac.uk @jseckerFuture Strategies for University and College Libraries18th October 2012
  2. 2. Librarians as teachers…..• We are talking about information literacy (IL)• But what do we mean?
  3. 3. Why does IL matter still?Photo by Flickingerbrad licensed under Creative Commons Photo by starmanseries licensed under Creative Commons
  4. 4. Research at May – June Academic University of 2011 advisor: Cambridge, Professor John Arcadia Naughton Programme Develop a new, revolutionary curriculum for information literacy in the digital age Jane Secker & Emma Coonan Understand the needs of undergraduates entering HE over the coming 5 years Map the current landscape of information literacyDevelop a practical curriculum and supporting resources
  5. 5. ANCIL: rethinking IL Secker & Coonan (2011)
  6. 6. Information literacy is a continuum of skills, behaviours, approaches andvalues that is so deeply entwined with the uses of information as to be a fundamental element of learning, scholarship and research. It is the defining characteristic of the discerning scholar, the informed and judicious citizen, and the autonomous learner. ANCIL definition of information literacy (2011)
  7. 7. What do we know about IL?• Needs to be taught in context: discipline, level• Value needs to be recognised by faculty and curriculum designers• Needs support at an institutional / strategic level• Is not the preserve or saviour of the library Photo by Michael Newton licensed under Creative Commons Transitional : Transferable : Transformational
  8. 8. Embedding vs integrating?• We really mean is integrating• Thus, IL is about changing the curriculum = challenging!• Academics need an impetus for change which may be: – Improving student achievement – Graduate attributes / employability – Higher Education achievement report (HEAR) – Technological developments – Changing student expectations / fees
  9. 9. Joining up support• ANCIL is not prescriptive about who teaches information literacy• Success involves joining up IL provision across the institution• A curriculum or syllabus can identify roles and responsibilities and make IL visible
  10. 10. The role of staff development• Librarians to be teachers• Educational developers to recognise the need for IL• For faculty to design an ‘aligned’ curriculum• For faculty, educational developers and librarians to work in partnership
  11. 11. Case studies from LSE• ANCIL institutional audit• Integration of information literacy and educational technologies into teacher training
  12. 12. ANCIL as an audit tool• Piloted by Katy Wrathall as phase 2 of Arcadia research from October – December 2011• Interviews a key way of gathering information about provision across the institution using ANCIL• At LSE interviews with deans, academics & support staff• Questionnaire for Academic Support Librarians• Also used student focus groups – How prepared are they for study in HE – What support students they need – Their preference for delivery
  13. 13. Teaching & Learning Centre Language Centre Careers LSE100 Language Centre Departments Library Teaching & Learning Centre Departments Departments Language Centre Library LSE100 Language CentreTeaching & Learning Centre Teaching & Learning Centre Careers Departments Departments Language Centre LSE100 Library Centre for Learning Library Technology Library Library
  14. 14. Key findings: students• Information use is driven by reading lists and resources in VLE• Dependent on lecturers for direction• Unaware of expertise of librarians and more likely to seek support from Careers, IT Training, Teaching and Learning• No coordination between departments and services• Seek help at point of need (or crisis?)• Often don’t know about key information resources and how librarians can support them
  15. 15. Integration into teacher training• First step to changing academic practice is to integrate into PGCert taken by new staff and graduate teaching assistants• Course design already encourages Biggs notion of ‘curriculum alignment’• Sessions on new technologies, ‘digital natives’ and information and digital literacies• Librarians taking PGCert• These teaching resources released as Open Educational Resources via LSE Learning Resources Online
  16. 16. In conclusion• Information literacy is vital for learners to be successful in the digital age• ANCIL offers a broader way of thinking about information literacy• IL needs to be taught in context and collaboratively• All staff need to be information literate and to understand its importance to learning• Integration into the curriculum is vital but librarians need to be prepared for this enhanced role
  17. 17. Further reading• ANCIL Curriculum and related documents: http://newcurriculum.wordpress.com• ANCIL You Tube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vY- V2givIiE• Biggs, John (1996) ‘Enhancing teaching through constructive alignment’, Higher Education 32(3), pp.347-64• Bartlett, J and Miller, C (2011) Truth, lies and the Internet. Demos report. Available at: http://www.demos.co.uk/publications/truth-lies-and-the-internet• Beetham, Helen, Lou McGill & Alison Littlejohn (2009) Thriving in the 21st century: learning literacies for the digital age (LLiDA report). Available at: http://www.academy.gcal.ac.uk/llida/outputs.html

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