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Library Instruction Scheduling & Planning

October 20, 2016

I’d like us to do a couple of things before we meet this Thursday.

1. Please have a glance at ACRL’s web page: Association of College and Research Libraries Standards for Proficiencies for Instruction Librarians and Coordinators - http://www.ala.org/acrl/standards/profstandards. Thursday’s meeting will focus on #8.1

2. Please read Jennifer Corbin’s brief section on lesson plans on pages 12 & 13 (yes, that's all!) within the CIL article Notes from the Field: 10 Short Lessons on One-Shot Instruction. Feel free to read the entire article, though.

At the meeting, be prepared to discuss your own methods of planning instruction. Although the instruction librarians teach hundreds of sessions each AY and reach thousands of students, we have few artifacts of what is being taught and how. 


 

Benefits of creating lesson plans

Program assurance: Last year, most of us developed and then voted to adopt the Information Literacy Matrix, a set of information literacy student learning outcomes that are organized by academic level. Lesson plans help us to develop instruction based on those outcomes. 

Before a class: In preparation of working with a class, lesson plans help us to leverage teaching content that is focused on our learning outcomes with time limitations. Planning also encourages/reminds us to check informally for evidence of student learning that takes place within our sessions. P.S. This kind of assessment is effective because Megan Oakleaf.

After a class: When compared with student survey responses, reflections can help us continuously improve our sessions. 

Sharing experience: Lessons are opportunities to share creative teaching approaches, in-session exercises, ways of assessing, as well as challenges. 

Librarian Performance: Lessons help librarians develop a teaching portfolio; teaching artifacts can help to build CVs and aid promotion.

Continued maintenance/enhancement: For any new instruction librarians, wouldn't it be nice to have record of what we do in ENGL 103, and to have an artifact around which folks who teach ENGL 103 sessions can update/maintain? Wouldn't it be nice to have record of Sarah's sessions for our new Business Librarian? When Ian takes over HIST, wouldn't it be nice for him to know what I've done in the library sessions that I have taught? 

Discussion?


 

Proposal 1: I would like us to vote to use a customizable lesson plan template for one-shot sessions starting in the spring '17 semester. 

Proposal 2: Contingent on proposal 1, I would like us to vote for instruction librarians to have guide editing privileges in order to store lessons within the Library Instruction Scheduling & Planning guide annually.

 


News:

New laptop carts for 163 and 118!

Locking down classroom control panels; no trespassing signs in the meantime.

Others?

 

September 28, 2016

Communities of Practice - part library instruction safe space, part creativity sandbox, part decision-making tool

“From finding one person who gives you solid feedback to creating a programmatic instructor development initiative in your workplace (or both), the goal of a community of practice is to find individuals with whom you can connect productively around the issue of pedagogy and praxis.”

Booth, C. (2011). Reflective teaching, effective learning: Instructional literacy for library educators. Chicago, IL: ALA.

Why?

Library Mission

Instruction Program Mission; IL Goal; accreditation; university assessment; departments/programs;

IL student learning outcomes; IL oriented courses; assignment collaboration; library instruction;

We have: librarian intrinsic motivation; librarian job description (60% core responsibility for some; 240 instruction events with 4400 participants).

We need more professional motivation; annual performance evaluations that directly address teaching and compel librarians to reflect on year's work for continuous improvement; ditto forcriteria for promotion and tenure. 

Once all of this is in place, we begin to grow more intentionally as teachers who each have a librarian educational philosophy as well as portfolios of individual instruction work.

A COP breaks from convene, discuss, vote meetings and instead encourages opportunities to enact what's described above.

This guide

Instruction Scheduling & Planning:

  • Guide development, IL Matrix, & Lower and upper division templates
  • Instruction Survey –review/interpret after teaching
  • ENGL 103 instructor contact checklist
  • Community requests & project distribution among Instruction Team (e.g. N. Salisbury)

Presentation: A glimpse at SU’s General Education model prototype and discussion

"Why change? Show us how SU's current Gen Ed doesn't work." 

Lack of cohesion. Nothing lock-step about our curriculum. Disjointed approach to student course selection; over reliance on faculty advisors to get students to majors; no required intro courses and no real senior capstones.

IL has been one of the 5 Gen Ed learning goals ( a huge victory in itself)

2014 University assessment of Gen Ed showed student IL skills among lowest evaluated. 

ENGL 103 is supposed to be a required gateway course.

  • It's one course. It attempts too much. Farmed out to first semester TAs and relegated to faculty who may or may not be housed under the English department.
  • 50% of SU grads never take ENGL 103. Of the 50% who take it, a percentage wait until junior or senior year. 

School curriculum committees: New course proposals merely check an Information Literacy box.

  • No mechanism or requirement for new courses to use IL outcomes to develop the course/coursework 
  • No requirement to consult librarians. 

 

Easybib news

Easybib purchased by Chegg last spring.

We will migrate to "Easybib.EDU." which retains all of the features that we currently have. 

Free. No longer IP access; institution receives one coupon code that students use to log in. 

Ad supported, no institutional branding.

Asked if coupon codes change and if so what is the frequency; if we migrate to EDU, will accounts carry over; can i trial EDU? 

Chris and Learning with Technology Committee have been apprised; LTC will be the group to help find alternative if need be.

Nov. 17 Meeting

Review of Library Instruction Lesson Plan template.

Instruction Team provided suggestions to customize the template for our use. Cut the "Transition" sections. Provide less generic examples for each. 

Discussion of where to upload lessons; group agreed on a Libguide organized by subject to store lessons each semester, going back two years.