ACRL ISTM Virtual Event Recording and Materials

On April 25, 2017 the ACRL IS Teaching Methods committee hosted a conversation with Melissa Bowles-Terry and Cassandra Kvenild, authors of Classroom Assessment Techniques for Librarians (ALA 2015). Melissa and Cassandra discussed how they integrate assessment into their instruction and gave practical tips on how to adjust and customize assessment for specific situations.

You can view the recording of Improve Your Instruction with Classroom Assessment Techniques: A Conversation with Melissa Bowles-Terry and Cassandra Kvenild below. Slides and chat transcript are also available.

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Winter 2017 Tips and Trends: Accessibility and Universal Design

The ACRL Instruction Section, Instructional Technologies Committee, has published their latest Tips and Trends article, “Accessibility and Universal Design,” written by Bonnie L. Fong, Elizabeth M. Johns, and Becka Rich. Tips and Trends introduces and discusses new, emerging or even familiar technologies that can be used in library instruction.“Accessibility and Universal Design” is freely available at bit.ly/tipsandtrendswi17,

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Featured Teaching Librarian: Christina Holm

Several times a year, the ACRL Instruction Section Teaching Methods Committee selects and interviews a librarian who demonstrates a passion for teaching, innovation, and student learning. Nominate yourself or someone great!

Christina Holm of Kennesaw State University

Name: Christina Holm

Institution: Kennesaw State University

Job Title: Instruction Coordinator

Number of Years Teaching: 2

What are you reading right now?
Shifting Shadows by Patricia Briggs

Who’s your favorite fictional villain?
Alice Morgan from Luther

Describe a favorite activity that you use with students (this could be for a face-to-face class, online, or hybrid class).

I have two favorite teaching activities, and I can’t really choose one over the other as my favorite! One of these activities is a Research “Mad-Libs” handout that I use to help students understand the importance of developing thorough research questions. This worksheet states “I want to research [what] and [who/what] in [place] during [time] because [why]. I then ask students to fill in the blanks. If a class is at the beginning of their research process, I can take volunteers and ask different students to supply each part of the Research “Mad-Lib,” and if they are further along in their processes, I can have them complete the activity individually. This worksheet usually gets students away from overly vague statements and also gets students used to entering just their search terms as opposed to a whole sentence. My other favorite activity is human modeling. For this activity, I instruct students that they are to think of themselves as books in a database, and at my instructions they are to stand or sit. As I provide my instructions, the ways that a database works to narrow search results based upon search terms becomes really obvious. This activity also demonstrates Boolean operators very well. I find that most students enjoy this activity, and they generally identify that it helps them better understand why they need to be specific with regards to their research questions! It also makes them laugh when I visually demonstrate why it can be a bad idea to search for something as broad as college students (in this case the whole class stands up).

Name two things you would share with a librarian who is new to teaching.

1) It’s not always about you., What goes on in the class can depend more on the class dynamics and the day you attend than on anything to do with you. This can mean that the class will go really smoothly right from the get-go, and it can also mean that the class will do poorly no matter what you do. I think that it’s important to acknowledge that as the teacher you are not all-powerful—students bring their own circumstances to every class.

2) Expect the unexpected. Because classes involve real people, you cannot plan for everything. Instead, you need to prepare yourself ahead of time that the unexpected is kind of normal in a classroom setting. I feel that it takes some pressure off of new instructors to know that the unexpected will always occur.

What’s your teaching philosophy?

Briefly put, my teaching philosophy is to meet students where they are, and also that no one gets left behind. In practice, this means that no question is too basic and that most of my classes are designed with multiple feedback mechanisms so that a quiet student can get just as much out of my sessions as a talkative student. Most recently I have been influenced by the principles of Universal Design for Learning. In the past I was very much influenced by Donald Finkel’s Teaching with Your Mouth Shut. For me, the student’s ability to walk away from my sessions with a new set of skills, or more basically an improved research process, is really important.

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April 2017 Site of the Month

The Peer-Reviewed Instructional Materials Online (PRIMO) Committee of the Instruction Section of ACRL is pleased to announce that a new Site of the Month interview has been posted to our committee website.

April 2017 Site of the Month: Scholarship is a Conversation
Interview With: Joelle Pitts
Interviewer: Marcia Rapchak

Project Description: The New Literacies Alliance is an inter-institutional consortium of academic libraries aimed at building ACRL Framework-based online information literacy lessons. The lessons can be embedded in websites and LibGuides, synced with most learning management systems, or hosted in the cloud for students to review. All lessons are institution-, vendor-, and technology-agnostic—meaning that they can be used by any institution. The lessons are also licensed through Creative Commons, so individual branding and other modifications can be made. This lesson is mapped to the Scholarship as Conversation Frame and introduces the concept of scholarly conversations developing over time, and how to follow a scholarly conversation.

The full interview is available at: http://acrl.ala.org/IS/instruction-tools-resources-2/pedagogy/primo-peer-reviewed-instruction-materials-online/primo-site-of-the-month/april-2017-site-of-the-month/

To see the archive of previous Site of the Month interviews, please see http://acrl.ala.org/IS/instruction-tools-resources-2/pedagogy/primo-peer-reviewed-instruction-materials-online/primo-site-of-the-month/

Look for more interviews soon!

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Call for Proposals: 2017 ALA Annual Current Issues Discussion Forum

The IS Current Issues Discussion Forum is an excellent opportunity for instruction librarians to explore and discuss topics related to library instruction and information literacy. The steering committee welcomes proposals from individuals who are interested in convening this discussion at the 2017 ALA Annual Meeting. The discussion will take place on Saturday, June 24, 4:30-5:30. (Room TBA)

If you would like to share your knowledge, help your peers learn from one another, and spark a lively conversation, submit a proposal to lead the IS Current Issues Discussion Forum today!

Application Deadline: May 19, 2017
To submit a proposal, please use the online submission form.
Applicants will be notified by May 24, 2017.
To see examples of past discussion topics, view the digests of past discussions online.

Questions?
Contact the ACRL IS Discussion Group Steering Committee Chair, Kathy Magarrell (kathy-magarrell@uiowa.edu) or Vice-Chair, Patrick Wohlmut (pwohlmut@linfield.edu).

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ACRL IS Teaching Methods Virtual Event

Improve your instruction with classroom assessment techniques: a conversation with Melissa Bowles-Terry and Cassandra Kvenild

Join the ACRL IS Teaching Methods committee for a conversation with Melissa Bowles-Terry and Cassandra Kvenild, authors of Classroom Assessment Techniques for Librarians (ALA 2015). Melissa and Cassandra will discuss how they integrate assessment into their instruction and give practical tips on how to adjust and customize assessment for specific situations. Bring your questions! Time for Q&A will follow the presentation.

Date and Time: Tuesday, April 25 from 2:00-3:00 PM Eastern Time

Please register athttps://acrl.webex.com/acrl/onstage/g.php?MTID=e9643d1b4f87a21f508b3aa55a3a210d2

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March 2017 Site of the Month

The Peer-Reviewed Instructional Materials Online (PRIMO) Committee of the Instruction Section of ACRL is pleased to announce that a new Site of the Month interview has been posted to our committee website.

March 2017 Site of the Month: Search Strategies
Interview With: Joelle Pitts
Interviewer: Lindy Scripps-Hoekstra

Project Description: The New Literacies Alliance is an inter-institutional consortium of academic libraries aimed at building ACRL Framework-based online information literacy lessons. The lessons can be embedded in websites and LibGuides, synced with most learning management systems, or taken by students in the cloud. All lessons are institution-, vendor-, and technology-agnostic, meaning that they can be used by any institution. The lessons are also licensed through Creative Commons so individual branding and other modifications can be made. The Search Strategies lesson is mapped to the Searching as Strategic Exploration Frame and introduces the concept of strategic searching in order to use search tools more effectively. By understanding strategic searching techniques, students will be able to not only compose an initial search query, but will be able to refine and revise their search in order to locate relevant sources.

The full interview is available at: http://acrl.ala.org/IS/instruction-tools-resources-2/pedagogy/primo-peer-reviewed-instruction-materials-online/primo-site-of-the-month/march-2017-site-of-the-month/

To see the archive of previous Site of the Month interviews, please see http://acrl.ala.org/IS/instruction-tools-resources-2/pedagogy/primo-peer-reviewed-instruction-materials-online/primo-site-of-the-month/

Look for more interviews soon!

Megan Hodge and Bill Marino
Co-chairs, ACRL IS PRIMO Committee

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Tips and Trends: Digital Labs

The ACRL Instruction Section, Instructional Technologies Committee, has published their latest Tips and Trends article, “Digital Labs,” written by Suzanne Julian and Patricia McPherson. Tips and Trends introduces and discusses new, emerging or even familiar technologies that can be used in library instruction.  In the latest installment, learn about digital labs in academic libraries, the services they provide and how they can benefit library instruction.“Digital Labs” is freely available at http://bit.ly/tipsandtrendsfa16.

Our committee would like to see what’s happening at the digital lab in your library and invite you to share images to our Digital Labs album. We developed this album because we wanted to create a resource for digital lab personnel to highlight their space and a forum where those considering developing a digital lab or makerspace can turn to for ideas or inspiration. We welcome your contributions and encourage you to share it with colleagues who might want to share their work.

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2017 ALA Midwinter Current Issues Virtual Discussion Forum

“Extreme Makeover: A Blueprint for Redefining the Role of the Liaison Librarian in the Academic Library”

Discussion Convener: Cinthya Ippoliti, Associate Dean for Research and Learning Services, Oklahoma State University Library

February 8, 2017 |2:00 pm 3:00 pm Central Time
 http://ala.adobeconnect.com/r90eus6xh2c/

Link to Discussion Forum Handout

Liaison roles have undergone a dramatic transformation in the last decade which shifted focus away from more traditional activities such as providing reference support at a dedicated desk, spending a set amount of collection funds, and conducting library instruction classes based on faculty requests, and on to areas such as outreach, scholarly communications, and research data management. The recent work of Anne Kenney, “Leveraging the Liaison Model” and ARL’s “New Roles for New Times: Transforming Liaison Roles in Research Libraries” have underscored a need for these new directions to be supported through providing professional development for liaisons and developing ways of measuring and communicating the impact of this work.

Oklahoma State University Library is no exception to this trend in the changing role of liaisons. When I was hired as a new Associate Dean for Research and Learning Services in 2014, I was charged with re-envisioning the newly formed Research and Learning Services Division (RLS) to:

  • Develop a new Academic Liaison Program that defines the notion of what it means to be “engaged” as a liaison
  • Create a systematic way to positively engage faculty, staff, and students outside of the classroom and provide targeted programming, services, and support that will focus on all aspects of how our collective community perceives and interacts with the library
  • Implement internal processes for evaluation, innovation, professional development, and scholarship that enable a flexible, cutting-edge approach to daily work and longer-term planning

Utilizing the concepts of managing change through the work of George Kotter, and more recently, Chip and Dan Heath, the authors of “Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard,” this discussion session will engage participants to delve into the issues related to these trends. We will analyze a model of change management that addresses the following elements:

  • Reviewing what’s working as well as what’s not
  • Developing a clear vision and direction
  • Breaking down the change into smaller segments
  • Cultivating a sense of identity through shared purpose and new habits

Reflection Questions:

  1. What are the most pressing issues related to the changing roles of liaisons at your institution?
  2. How are you measuring and communicating the impact of these activities to your campuses and communities?
  1. How can you better leverage these opportunities to establish deeper collaborations with faculty, researchers, and students?

Recommended Readings:

Heath, Chip, and Dan Heath. 2010. Switch: How to Change When Change is Hard. New York: Crown Publishing Group.

Jaguszewski, Janice, and Karen Williams. 2013. New Roles for New Times: Transforming Liaison Roles in Research Libraries. Washington, DC: Association of Research Libraries. http://www.arl.org/storage/documents/publications/nrnt-liaison-roles-revised.pdf.

Kenney, Anne R. 2014. Leveraging the Liaison Model: From Defining 21st Century Research Libraries to Implementing 21st Century Research Universities. New York: Ithaka S+R.  http://www.sr.ithaka.org/wp-content/mig/files/SR_BriefingPaper_Kenney_20140322.pdf.

Kotter, John P., and Dan S. Cohen. 2002. The Heart of Change: Real-life Stories of How People Change Their Organizations. Boston: Harvard Business Press.

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December 2016 Site of the Month

The Peer-Reviewed Instructional Materials Online (PRIMO) Committee of the Instruction Section of ACRL is pleased to announce that a new Site of the Month interview has been posted to our committee website.

December 2016 Site of the Month: Introduction to Tripod
Interview With: Alex Pfundt
Interviewer: Rebecca Maniates

Project Description: This interactive tutorial provides an introduction to searching Tripod, the library catalog of the Tri-College Libraries (Bryn Mawr College, Haverford College and Swarthmore College), and covers searching for known items and items by topic and finding physical items in the library using Library of Congress call numbers. This tutorial was developed as part of a larger project to “flip” one-shot library instruction and further explore the benefits of blended learning in the liberal arts.

The full interview is available at: http://acrl.ala.org/IS/instruction-tools-resources-2/pedagogy/primo-peer-reviewed-instruction-materials-online/primo-site-of-the-month/december-2016-site-of-the-month/

To see the archive of previous Site of the Month interviews, please see http://acrl.ala.org/IS/instruction-tools-resources-2/pedagogy/primo-peer-reviewed-instruction-materials-online/primo-site-of-the-month/

Look for more interviews this spring!

Megan Hodge and Bill Marino
Co-chairs, ACRL IS PRIMO Committee

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