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Accessibility To Research Assistance In Georgia Four-Year Public Academic Libraries, Afton F. Ussery Mar 2021

Accessibility To Research Assistance In Georgia Four-Year Public Academic Libraries, Afton F. Ussery

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This study employs webometric content analysis to assess the navigability of the state of Georgia's four-year public, academic libraries. The research questions focus on the frequency of the academic library link's appearance on the university homepage, the navigational paths to crucial content on library websites, and the degree to which responsive design was integrated into the academic library websites. The study finds that the library link was located on the university's homepage 8 out of the 17 (47%) websites selected. 8 out of 17 (47%) library homepages were accessible with only one click or link. 2 out ...


How Accessible Is Online Information Literacy Instruction?, Vincent Larkin Mar 2021

How Accessible Is Online Information Literacy Instruction?, Vincent Larkin

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Universal design for learning and accessibility have been an ongoing concern for our websites, library guides, databases, and other information literacy tools in recent years. Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020 and the shift to remote learning at many educational institutions, for most of us this has meant that online information literacy instruction has increased dramatically and increased our use of and reliance on video-conferencing or other virtual platforms. Projecting to the post-COVID world, for most of us there will likely be a return to in-person instruction in some capacity, but it also seems likely that ...


Helping Military And Veteran Students Transition To Academic Life: The Role Of The Academic Library, Mary Elizabeth Downing-Turner Mar 2021

Helping Military And Veteran Students Transition To Academic Life: The Role Of The Academic Library, Mary Elizabeth Downing-Turner

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Military and veteran students face unique challenges when coming into an academic environment. Libraries can play a role in easing those transition challenges. Fort Hays State University is a comprehensive state teaching university. Roughly 5% of the student population both on-campus and virtual identifies as a currently serving military member or a veteran. The university as a whole is designated as a Military Friendly school and participates in the Department of Education 8 Keys to Veterans’ Success initiative. Forsyth Library supports these efforts through library-specific projects that help military and veteran students connect with academic resources and become acclimated to ...


Three's Company: Collaborative Instructional Design On A Librarian-Instructor Team, Brittany L. O'Neill, Allen Leblanc, Deirdre Larsen Mar 2021

Three's Company: Collaborative Instructional Design On A Librarian-Instructor Team, Brittany L. O'Neill, Allen Leblanc, Deirdre Larsen

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This session will describe a unique collaboration that resulted in development of a strategic research assignment design supported by relevant information literacy sessions. This effort stems from an existing relationship between research librarians and an instructor who was previously a graduate assistant in Research & Instruction Services and became an instructor of a general education course in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Through this collective, a synergistic arrangement developed where librarians contribute to research assignment design and the instructor contributes to developing the information literacy sessions to prepare students for finding, evaluating, and understanding relevant scholarly articles early in their college career ...


Test-Driving The Pilot: Experiences Creating And Using A Digital Information Literacy Course, Anne Barnhart, Melanie Lewis, Maurine Parker Mar 2021

Test-Driving The Pilot: Experiences Creating And Using A Digital Information Literacy Course, Anne Barnhart, Melanie Lewis, Maurine Parker

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In Spring and Summer 2020 librarians at a mid-size university created online information literacy course modules with auto-graded content. These digital learning objects were designed to be used as graded content within courses across disciplines. In Fall 2020, the first iteration of the online course was piloted in several courses ranging from second-year undergraduates to first-year graduate students. One of the courses that participated in the pilot was a graduate-level course in the media specialist program. These students used the information literacy course both as a way to learn how to use the library and as a learning object for ...


International Studies Poster Gallery: Sharing Undergraduate Research In The Time Of Covid-19, Erin M. Weber Mar 2021

International Studies Poster Gallery: Sharing Undergraduate Research In The Time Of Covid-19, Erin M. Weber

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While the Covid-19 pandemic has brought many challenges to information literacy instruction, it has also provided opportunities to find unique ways to use digital tools to showcase student learning. One such virtual learning opportunity was the International Studies Poster Gallery, a collaborative effort between the Paul Meek Library and College of Business and Global Affairs at the University of Tennessee at Martin. This Poster Gallery built on an in-person event from the previous year to move the student poster presentations into a virtual space. Senior students studying International Studies spent the semester researching their topics, and then presented their poster ...


Navigating The Online Tutorial Frontier: From Design To Deployment & Beyond, Samantha Harlow, Rachel Olsen, Natalie Haber, Renae Watson Mar 2021

Navigating The Online Tutorial Frontier: From Design To Deployment & Beyond, Samantha Harlow, Rachel Olsen, Natalie Haber, Renae Watson

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As we all have learned from the COVID-19 pandemic, online teaching is a vital part of creating an open future of learning environments in higher education. Asynchronous online information literacy tutorials can engage and support online and face-to-face library users, and the planning and design process can take many forms. Librarians do not have to be instructional designers, have funding, or be accessibility experts to create engaging, online research tutorials. In this session, a panel of academic and online learning librarians from across the country will discuss creating tutorials with a variety of tools, budgets, and timelines. H5P, LibWizard, Articulate ...


Scalable And Sustainable: Building A Flexible Library Instruction Team To Handle Whatever The Future May Hold, Crystal Goldman, Amanda Roth, Timothy Chu, Dominique Turnbow Mar 2021

Scalable And Sustainable: Building A Flexible Library Instruction Team To Handle Whatever The Future May Hold, Crystal Goldman, Amanda Roth, Timothy Chu, Dominique Turnbow

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While academic librarians constantly work to address the changing needs of higher education, SARS-CoV-2 illustrates how quickly priorities and needs may shift. During the 2020 spring term, the halting of in-person instruction meant many libraries had to use stop-gap measures to provide basic levels of instruction service. No one would claim that this was an ideal way to transition to online instruction, but it became necessary in these unprecedented times. A large number of webinars and online trainings were offered to help librarians make this transition, and many understandably emphasized a “good enough” or “do the best you can” approach ...


Creating Community Engagement In An Information-Literacy, Three-Credit Course: An Experiment At Idaho State University, Spencer Jardine Mar 2021

Creating Community Engagement In An Information-Literacy, Three-Credit Course: An Experiment At Idaho State University, Spencer Jardine

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At Idaho State University the general education program includes an information literacy objective. Students complete courses that fulfill an information-literacy requirement. The library’s three-credit course has been taught since 2013. This presentation outlines how a community of student engagement has been fostered in this course by the presenter. The presentation will include ideas on how to create active learning that focuses on information-literacy development and discussion, including formative assessment, classroom assessment techniques, and effective communication with students.

Specifically, this presentation will report on the efforts to engage students with knowledge surveys, Quizizz/Kahoot! quizzes, breakout room discussions, and interrupted ...


An Unconventional Union: Promoting Information Literacy Through Assessment, Talia R. Nadir, Erika Scheurer Dr. Mar 2021

An Unconventional Union: Promoting Information Literacy Through Assessment, Talia R. Nadir, Erika Scheurer Dr.

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This year, as a result of a long core curriculum revision process, Information Literacy (IL) finally, for the first time, has been included in our university’s curriculum.

However, whereas most IL programs are delivered to students either in discrete IL courses or through IL-flagged content courses (in either the core curriculum, the major, or both), we had to settle for something different: the inclusion of IL learning objectives in our new curriculum is driven entirely by university assessment.

The Office of Accreditation and Assessment, in collaboration with academic departments and the Information and Research Literacy Implementation Committee identified four ...


Udl Practices And Information Literacy Courses, Breanne Kirsch Mar 2021

Udl Practices And Information Literacy Courses, Breanne Kirsch

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In this presentation, librarians from Briar Cliff University will discuss two one-credit information literacy courses and their techniques for incorporating the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework. When the courses were redesigned, librarians included multiple formats and modalities of course materials. Additionally, students were empowered through providing multiple options for course assignments. The syllabi were also updated with UDL practices in mind. Attendees will learn about incorporating the UDL framework in order to make courses inclusive and accessible to all students. Attendees will also brainstorm how to implement the UDL framework in their own courses. There will be time for ...


Digital Research Logs: Free, Easy & Engaging Direct Measures For Assessment Of Information Literacy Outcomes, Bernadette Mirro, Mason Yang Mar 2021

Digital Research Logs: Free, Easy & Engaging Direct Measures For Assessment Of Information Literacy Outcomes, Bernadette Mirro, Mason Yang

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  • Join us to learn about how an accidental collaboration turned into an intentionally designed online research log that serves as a direct measure for assessing information literacy outcomes in a freshman level composition class. Using Google Sheets we have created a free CCC licensed research log for use in a synchronous instruction session or paired with digital instructional tutorials in an asynchronous library instruction session. The research log is engaging and intuitive, helps students stay focused on the task and goes beyond the function of a traditional handout to serve as a tool they can use throughout the semester. Also ...


Interactive Video Tutorials From Scratch: Experiences And Lessons Learned Six Years On, Gina Garber, Scott Shumate, Christina Chester-Fangman Mar 2021

Interactive Video Tutorials From Scratch: Experiences And Lessons Learned Six Years On, Gina Garber, Scott Shumate, Christina Chester-Fangman

Georgia International Conference on Information Literacy

In 2014, Austin Peay State University’s (APSU) Woodward Library developed an online, interactive video tutorial for the American Psychological Association (APA) Style Guide. APSU’s College of Education (CoE) approached the library about creating a tutorial similar to an existing video, Plagiarism: Making the Right Choices, for use in their upper division and graduate level courses. Through a collaborative process using content previously in the form of a PowerPoint presentation, the library generated a script, storyboards, and eventually a full video. Now, how best to engage the students with the assessment?

The existing Plagiarism tutorial did not quite live ...


Getting Active During Covid-19: Incorporating Experiential Learning In Online Instruction, John Siegel Mar 2021

Getting Active During Covid-19: Incorporating Experiential Learning In Online Instruction, John Siegel

Georgia International Conference on Information Literacy

Like other academic libraries, librarians at a regional comprehensive university had to switch from in-person to online synchronous information literacy sessions due to COVID-19. The Coordinator of Information Literacy has served as psychology librarian for over two years and worked with faculty to incorporate library instruction in all sections of the required research methods and senior seminar courses. Active learning was a central component of these in-person sessions, which included database searching and an exercise for students to understand the difference between primary/empirical and secondary/review literature. He quickly discovered that the small group activities did not readily lend ...


Tl;Dw: Creating Information Literacy Instruction Students Will Watch From Start To Finish, Christina C. Wray, Renee Cole Montgomery Mar 2021

Tl;Dw: Creating Information Literacy Instruction Students Will Watch From Start To Finish, Christina C. Wray, Renee Cole Montgomery

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In 2018 the University of Central Florida Instruction Librarians developed a new series of webinars to help students develop the information literacy skills they need to succeed but may not be explicitly taught in the classroom. Known as Research Tips Tuesdays once a month a 40-minute webinar was hosted. This resulted in LOTS of interest…and little follow through. How could we offer this content in a way that met our students’ where they are AND the bandwidth they have to devote to informal learning?

Fall of 2020 brought new approaches to library instruction across the board, and especially to ...


Uncomfortable Discussions: Diversity And Inclusion In Library Instruction, Tim Saka Mar 2021

Uncomfortable Discussions: Diversity And Inclusion In Library Instruction, Tim Saka

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College campuses are more diverse than ever while their libraries remain the least diverse department on U.S. campuses. Often, the lack of diversity among librarians distances the very communities they are committed to serving. In this presentation, I will lead a discussion of strategies and approaches that increase college library media specialists’ cultural competence and effectively engage diverse students.

- Recognize the lack of diversity among librarians

- Promote diversity and inclusion within college libraries

- Discover strategies for cultural competence


What’S In It For Me? Use Science History To Make The Truth Compelling, Henrietta Verma, Heather Darling-Cortes Mar 2021

What’S In It For Me? Use Science History To Make The Truth Compelling, Henrietta Verma, Heather Darling-Cortes

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We think of people of antiquity as leaning on superstition and traditions when it came to making decisions large and small. Even as long ago as the Roman empire, however, there were precursors to modern professionals such as civil engineers, and these people needed real solutions to vexing problems. Somehow, society slowly—very slowly—began leaning more toward the methodical thinking and working styles of these early scientists. In this program, science teacher Heather Darling-Cortes of M.S. 577 in Brooklyn, New York, will look at how the world at large and individuals became willing to move from reliance on ...


Virtual Engagement Using Active Learning., Kristen Bailey, Annierra Matthews, Florence Tang, Stephanie Miranda, Beth Perry Mar 2021

Virtual Engagement Using Active Learning., Kristen Bailey, Annierra Matthews, Florence Tang, Stephanie Miranda, Beth Perry

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In order to teach information literacy skills in an online library instruction session, a bit of pre-planning involving student/librarian engagement through active learning techniques is always helpful, if not necessary. Sarah Parramore (2019) discusses active learning techniques and information literacy:

Active learning techniques are the topics that are dominating the higher education scene. Not only are they the focus on college and university campuses, but academic libraries are also taking notice and integrating these techniques into their lessons on information literacy. (p. 476)

Using active learning techniques to increase student engagement works well for face-to-face classes, but how well ...


Faculty-Librarian Information Literacy Collaboration, Kimmarie W. Lewis Mar 2021

Faculty-Librarian Information Literacy Collaboration, Kimmarie W. Lewis

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Faculty and librarian collaboration is key in the quest for information literacy. As part of the reaccreditation effort at Lord Fairfax Community College -- a two-year institution in northwestern Virginia -- the QEP Leadership Team sought LFCC Librarians’ assistance in a multifaceted, 5-year, information literacy initiative. This effort included the addition of a librarian to the all-faculty QEP Leadership Team, the redesign of composition courses, and professional development through a new LFCC program: “Seeking the Truth: Faculty-Librarian Collaboration Mini-Grants.”

Data obtained from the mini-grant program show that LFCC faculty engaged in this multifaceted initiative gained an appreciation for collaboration with librarians and ...


Where Does Information Literacy Fit? Mapping The Core, Greg Hardin, Carol Hargis, Brea Henson Mar 2021

Where Does Information Literacy Fit? Mapping The Core, Greg Hardin, Carol Hargis, Brea Henson

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This session covers a flexible, easy-to-adapt curriculum mapping method used by the University of North Texas Libraries to complete a core curriculum map. The University of North Texas is a large four-year public, Tier-1 research university with HSI status. The UNT Libraries provides a wide range of student- and faculty-centered initiatives that are integral to the UNT community.

We mapped Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) on course syllabi to the AAC&U Information Literacy VALUE Rubric and the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education. We identified key phrases and verbs from the two threshold documents, reviewed a sample of ...


Reloading Gen Z, Mary Margaret Cornwell Mar 2021

Reloading Gen Z, Mary Margaret Cornwell

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With students becoming increasingly tech-savvy, how can librarians teach online resources to a generation of digital natives and keep their attention? By leaning into their love of how-to videos and quick information! This presentation will discuss how to make information literacy instructions a little more enjoyable using popular online streaming and information sites, like YouTube and Wikipedia. For example, we will examine Wired “AutoComplete Interviews” and Vanity Fair “… Teaches Slang” videos to show keyword versus natural language searching and discuss how they use each one to different effect. Attendees will leave with the tools to engage in discussions of information ...


2021 Conference Program, Georgia International Conference On Information Literacy Mar 2021

2021 Conference Program, Georgia International Conference On Information Literacy

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Final Conference Program


Databases Are Like Box Stores: Teaching Information Literacy With Analogy, Kory A. Paulus Feb 2020

Databases Are Like Box Stores: Teaching Information Literacy With Analogy, Kory A. Paulus

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Teaching information literacy (IL) often requires instructors to explain and explore abstract concepts. This feat is never easy, as novice students often need a bridge between concrete and abstract thinking. Current research on the topic suggests one effective way to teach new, abstract concepts to students of any age is by using an analogy. However, it’s difficult to come up with effective analogies on the fly. In fact, Rick Wormeli has stated in Metaphors & Analogies: Power Tools for Teaching Any Subject that “what may need to change in many of our classrooms is the purposeful pursuit of metaphors and ...


Innovative Education: Information Literacy Planning Reframed As Design Thinking, Kay Coates, Dylitchrous Thompson Feb 2020

Innovative Education: Information Literacy Planning Reframed As Design Thinking, Kay Coates, Dylitchrous Thompson

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Innovative education can be conceptualized as the “new” ways and methods of delivering educational content mostly in the realm of civil discourse and academics. Information literacy plays a niche role in content delivery generally, but especially when the discussion centers on tertiary scholarship. Design thinking is one of the many innovative methods of teaching and learning that has taken traction in the field of education. Manifestly, however, librarians have practiced this since the profession became a lettered vocation. It is without adequately acknowledging that by providing information literacy, librarians continue to do their part skillfully and quietly for successful outcomes ...


From Information Literacy To A Spirit Of Inquiry: A Tale Of Two Librarians, Maura Mandyck Feb 2020

From Information Literacy To A Spirit Of Inquiry: A Tale Of Two Librarians, Maura Mandyck

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With just two teaching librarians at our small liberal arts college on the Gulf Coast, we needed to create a coherent, reproducible, adaptable, and student-centered information literacy curriculum that would best serve the freshman English courses we work with most closely. Over the course of the last four years, we have blended the long experience and deep institutional knowledge of one of our librarians with the fresh-from-the-trenches (that is, high school librarianship and experience as an adjunct English instructor) perspective of the other to create the program of a Spirit of Inquiry, which we describe this way:

Active curiosity, diligent ...


“It [My Research] Would Take Place At 11:50pm”: Constructing A Realistic Simulation To Study Online Information Evaluation For School Projects, Amy G. Buhler, Brittany Brannon Feb 2020

“It [My Research] Would Take Place At 11:50pm”: Constructing A Realistic Simulation To Study Online Information Evaluation For School Projects, Amy G. Buhler, Brittany Brannon

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When students explore a search results page for a school-related project, what leads them to select a resource? We explore this question in our IMLS-funded research study, Researching Student Information Choices: Identifying and Judging the Credibility of Online Sources. In this session we introduce our novel simulation-based research method. We designed a simulated environment to study students’ online information-seeking behavior and understand their point-of-selection behavior when they determine that a resource potentially meets their research need. Simulated search engine results pages were used to examine students’ information selection decisions for an age-appropriate research prompt. The simulation collected quantitative data and ...


Refresh Student-Library Relationships With Innovative Applications Of Goosechase, Natalie Edwards Bishop, Jessica Xiong Feb 2020

Refresh Student-Library Relationships With Innovative Applications Of Goosechase, Natalie Edwards Bishop, Jessica Xiong

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Effective library orientations place significant strain on library staff. Development, execution, and assessment of learning outcomes require a significant time investment, especially if working within a low-no cost framework. Learn how we leveraged an FTE-based GooseChase scavenger hunt subscription to create an innovative, community-building orientation that successfully met our information literacy outcomes. Compared to previous, home-grown orientations, GooseChase afforded our library with a platform to easily assess student learning and provide students with self-directed way to learn about library collections, services, and spaces. GooseChase allows for flexible, real-time feedback and assessment such as adding bonus points. Students were self-motivated to ...


Libguides 2.0 Continued: Implementing Best Practices In Design And Accessibility After Migration, Holly Mabry, Jessica Xiong Feb 2020

Libguides 2.0 Continued: Implementing Best Practices In Design And Accessibility After Migration, Holly Mabry, Jessica Xiong

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Since migrating LibGuides from version 1.0 to 2.0 in 2015, librarians at Gardner-Webb University have adopted a continuous evaluation approach that addresses best practices in LibGuides design, accessibility, and instruction techniques. This presentation will provide an overview of Gardner-Webb Library’s experiences with the migration and evaluation process.

The librarians formed a professional learning community (PLC) to choose colors, fonts, and layout templates to use after the migration that would fit in with the university’s branding. In 2018, one of the librarians provided best practices and training in accessibility for people with disabilities. In the summer of ...


Information Literacy As Structured Authoring, Robert Terry Feb 2020

Information Literacy As Structured Authoring, Robert Terry

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By drawing on the early findings of an IRB-approved study, this presentation will discuss some challenges involved in teaching structured authoring, defined here as topic based authoring combined with an XML or XML-like structure. Since the late 1980s, Robert E. Horn and others referred to structured authoring/writing as a new paradigm that transforms the ways writers think about information usage, presentation, and structuring. Charlotte Robidoux (2007) and Sally Henschel (2010, 2014), among others, have explored how curriculums that taught structured authoring might help students begin to understand how the approach changes writing. However, as Joy Robinson et al (2019 ...


How To Make Services Sustainable Without Losing Friends Or Making Enemies, Jennifer Stout Feb 2020

How To Make Services Sustainable Without Losing Friends Or Making Enemies, Jennifer Stout

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The Teaching Librarians at Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries have traditionally offered in-person library instruction to all sections of UNIV 112 and UNIV 200, two writing and research intensive courses all students are required to take which are taught out of the Department of Focused Inquiry (FI). In Spring 2018, we realized that our teaching load had become unsustainable and, with the blessing of FI leadership, made the difficult decision to end in-person instruction for UNIV 112.

In this presentation, I will cover how we handled this transformation of services without jeopardizing the immensely positive relationship we have with FI. Over ...