Category Archives: Instruction

How do you assess distance learning and library instruction?

confusedWhen I joined Wright College as a full-time library faculty member many things related to education were foreign to me. I had a lot of questions and I was willing to ask anyone to get an answer. How do I get the students to stop talking? How do I get the students to put their cell phones away and to stop texting? I get an hour with 35 English 102 students how do I determine they understood my lesson? This leads us to assessment. You are thinking as librarians we keep statistics for everything, but determining if students are learning is a completely different ball game. I was fortunate enough to take the Faculty Development Seminar offered by the City Colleges of Chicago (CCC), and it was taught by two veteran faculty members at CCC. The instructors were Sharon Silverman, a library faculty member at Olive Harvey College, and Kennette Crockett, a English faculty member at Harold Washington College. It was just easy to learn from them with a room full of colleagues from other disciplines that were just as confused as I was about assessment, rubrics, syllabi, and active learning. Sharon Silverman my go to person when I have questions or I need to work out how I am going to engage students presented at the  ILCCO/NILRC conference: “Next Steps in eLearning”. As an instructor I was happy to see Sharon tie in the CATs (classroom assessment techniques) into her presentation. I learned a few things, and will be using CAT #28: Opinion polls in my Fall 2013 library instruction sessions. If you would like to view Sharon’s presentation check it out here!

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Presenting at the Information Literacy Summit, April 12, 2013

literacylogo copy2I will be presenting with Sharon Silverman at the Information Literacy Summit Friday, April 12, 2013 from 2:45-3:30 at Moraine Valley College in Palos Hills, IL. The title of our presentation is Embedded Librarians: Library Instruction Incorporating Learning Styles. The summit is super affordable with a $40 registration for the day at Moraine Valley College and $35 at John A. Logan College in Carterville if you live in this area.

For more information check out the summit website:
http://www.morainevalley.edu/infolitsummit/

April 12, 2013
Moraine Valley Community College (Palos Hills)

http://lib.morainevalley.edu/content/forms/literacysummit.aspx
Last day to register: April 5
Payment by check due: March 15
Payment by credit card due: April 5

April 16, 2013
John A. Logan College (Carterville)

https://secure.jalc.edu/library/ils_registration_2013.php
Last day to register: April 9

 

The internet doesn’t lie!

wakeupI just started showing the Can’t lie on the internet commercial clip on YouTube during my library instruction sessions. It has been well received. I get some giggles, smiles, and laughs. I did have one student say he hated the commercial, but no other complaints. I discuss why instructors want students to use the library’s databases and books, and not the internet. I talk about how anyone can create information and there is no governing body regulating the internet. This is a good way to wake up the class. Playing a YouTube video or some other type of media always wakes up an 8am class!

Design Thinking: New ways to look at reference and instruction

The Virtual Crash Course in Design Thinking was referenced in this article in the ILA Reporter. The article suggested this design thinking course as a library retreat activity.

This quote sparked my interest in design thinking and I am planning to investigate further.

“We often ask smaller questions aimed at incremental improvement like “how can we improve reference?” What if we started asking big questions like, “How can we foster accomplishment, community, and creativity?” If we ask those types of questions and begin our design there, there are no wrong answers.”–Andy Burkhardt, Champlain College Library

Library orientation prep

I finally decided to make handouts for the English 100 level classes I will be presenting to next week. I think I am going to meet with about 170 students! I will carry my water bottle around with me. So, my throat does not get dry from all the talking.

I am looking forward to it. I love giving BI presentations. The students are so engaged sometimes, that it really makes it worthwhile. You know they want to learn, and do well in their courses.

 

What was I thinking?!

I have scheduled myself to work 10 hours today. I am teaching a graduate research course, and I have to prepare a presentation in tomorrow’s staff meeting about tone in instant messaging. At least a slow day of reference has allowed my to work on projects.

A librarian’s job is never done!

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I love library instruction! It gives me a high.

It is official I am in love with library instruction. Those close to me in my personal life suggested I teach. I knew I was not cut out to be a school teacher!

When I talk about library resources I get all giddy! The first time I was scheduled to do a library class I was so excited. I did my hair, picked my outfit out, and left 2 hours early to get to work. Of course, my car broke down, and I never made it. 😦

I did not give up, and there were no obstacles for the next library class. I was so excited!

Today, I visited my first virtual classroom and it went well. I taught students how to find resources for their business law. The professor was even excited we had e-books! I am feeling really good right now.

Eventful day: Student recorded a video message, Intense reference interview, and a workshop

Today, the library is buzzing. The study tables and group study rooms are full, and almost every computer is occupied. I came in the door this morning and there were students at the reference desk and circulation. This rarely happens, because there are so few classes held on Friday. Next week, is the last week of the semester, and everyone is trying to finish those last few assignments.

A student was going around campus asking random people to record a happy birthday message for his friend. So, I wished her a happy birthday. Immediately after that a student comes to the circulation looking for a book on reserve for her class. She does not know the name of the book, the course name or number, or her professor’s name. I told her to get some more info, or go find her instructor to get the information. The professor comes back and gives us the title of book, but we cannot find it. It was shelved incorrectly. A student comes to the desk and insists I help her. She refuses the other librarian’s help. I guess I helped her before, and she liked the result. Her paper is due at 11pm. She does not have a thesis. So, I have to dig it out of her. In class they discussed U.S. influence over Brazil’s economy, and she read it in her textbook. I went to the textbook on reserve, and showed her the bibliography. We found some New York Times articles in the database, and books on our shelf. (I was shocked to find the books.) Since, we had some keywords we continued to search the databases, and found an abundant amount of information. As I was typing this blog posting a returning student looking for a Spanish-English dictionary wants to know if we still have it behind the desk. It was re-shelved, and he did know how to use the library catalog or find books using the LC call number system. He was not happy. I made him search the library catalog, and find the book on the shelf. He was frustrated, but in the end he thanked me. I think he was happy he did it on his own. I told him I am about teaching students how to find materials, and not just giving it to them. Now, I have an APA/MLA workshop. Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers out there!

Will the flyers and email announcement work?

A student signed up for Friday’s workshop, but did not show up. No surprise. Fridays are very quiet on campus. I have no plans of doing a workshop on a Friday ever again!

Friday I put tent signs on all the study tables in the library to advertise the workshops. My supervisor sent an email announcement to the person that sends announcements to students and faculty. Hopefully, she will send it out in the next day or so.

Now, it is midterm time, and students have exams. Most of the workshops are scheduled for late April and early May when research papers are due. I hope attendance will increase when the students are freaking out about their papers. Image from: http://grlonthemuv.blogspot.com/

It’s not overtime

I start a little early and I have been staying late. I suggested the workshops, and I want them to happen. I have to stay 30 minutes late and come in 15-20 minutes early to get all the promotional material completed. I don’t stay late expecting to get paid for it. I just really want to finish my work, and have a beautiful product. When I worked full-time it was difficult to get work done in an 8 hour day. Now, I am part-time and it is impossible to complete my work sitting at the reference desk. Of course, it comes with the territory. I was concerned I would be bored working part-time, but the students need my help. So, I am always busy.

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