This session, recorded May 4th, 2016 includes three presentations. Christina Pryor & Kyla Hunt from Amigos Library Services shares practical tips to give warm and humorous presentations, avoid common pitfalls, and increase audience participation. Next, Victoria Raish from Penn State University shares her experience using the social media tool, Yammer, to bring the same robustness of face-to-face debates to the online environment. Finally, Adele Merritt Bernard, Arlene Alleyne-Regis & Selwyn Rodulfo from the University of the West Indies Open Campus shares their experiences creating a positive and active learning experience and engaging library users across a diverse and distributed university population.
Cultivating Consistency in an Instruction Program without Much Authority: Malia Willey
Often with little managerial power, instruction coordinators are responsible for leading information literacy programs that encompass diverse disciplinary needs and individual teaching styles. We will examine challenges faced by library instructors and coordinators, and explore opportunities for pedagogical development and programmatic consistency. Models of shared development, such as communities of practice, encourage library instructors to grow together as teachers and learners.
Using the Framework to Foster Conversations about Information Literacy Instruction: Sara D. Miller and Amanda Nichols Hess
A key strength of the ACRL Framework lies in the potential that its concepts provide for unearthing tacit assumptions in the process of developing expertise in discplinary information literacy. The paths from IL novice to expert within in a discipline tend to be murky and filled with assumptions about concepts, skills, and values unique to disciplinary cultures which “should have been learned” somewhere along the way. It is key for librarians in teaching positions to partner with disciplinary faculty in identifying and addressing critical issues of a discipline’s conventions and ways of constructing knowledge and to intentionally engage students with these questions. This presentation will discuss an ACRL Framework-based workshop designed for librarians and disciplinary faculty to come together to examine and discuss what information literacy looks like from a position of disciplinary expertise. Three goals of the workshop are to help facilitate conversations between librarians and disciplinary faculty, to understand specifically what is meant by information literacy within disciplines, and to identify areas of potential focus for IL instruction.