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Sara Thompson

UCI Libraries - Begin Your Research Tutorial - 3 views

    Research tutorial from UC-Irvine; sections include Knowledge Cycle, Searching, Citations
    This is great, Sara. Thanks for sharing!
Sara Scheib

Tacit Knowledge and the Student Researcher | Inside Higher Ed - 0 views

    It's no secret, I love Barbara Fister. This is a great blog post that reminds me that I have had a very different experience with the creation, organization and distribution of information than many of the students I work with today. I need to reevaluate my assumptions.
Sara Scheib

Why Personal Knowledge Management (PKM) for Librarians - 1 views

    This month, I'll be trying out some PKM workshops such as "Get Organized", "Stay Current" and "Managing Privacy Online". I'm hoping they will be more popular than some of our database-specific workshops and it will be a good opportunity to sneak in some info-lit skills as well.
Sara Thompson

ACRLog » Making Things in Academic Libraries - 0 views

  • essentially it’s a place for folks to make things, perhaps writing and illustrating a zine, using the open source Arduino computing platform to program a robot, screenprinting, or creating model houses with a 3D printer.
  • some public libraries are experimenting with makerspaces, including Fayetteville Free Library in New York, Westport Public Library in Connecticut, and Cleveland Public Library in Ohio.
  • What could a makerspace look like in an academic library? What do we help our patrons make? We have computer labs, some more specialized and high-end than others, and we could add equipment like 3D printers. Of course, not every library will have the funding and staff to create tech-centered makerspaces. And faculty and departments may already have that equipment for students to use, especially those in engineering, computer science, and other technical majors.
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  • For those colleges or universities that can’t create a physical makerspace, what are some other ways we can encourage the maker ethos in our libraries?
  • We could produce a student journal or create a zine, and I have a colleague who asks students to create their own citation style. But I’m struggling with the idea of the one-shot instruction session as makerspace. What can students “make” in a one-shot?
  • We need to find ways to support creating, not just finding. The Student as Producer project at the University of Lincoln in the UK is an interesting model to consider.
  • But I’m interested in adapting the *spirit* of makerspaces for an academic setting, by giving students a space the facilitates content creation and experimentation and play. I’m wondering if Digital Media Labs are in some ways equivalent to makerspaces in this way?
  • Students generally have one thing on their mind–pass their classes and they visit the library to do that. Even if they never speak to a librarian, they may find the ambiance of a library conductive to the end goal of passing a class. They often do not have the time or current interest to pursue creative endeavors, at least not in the library. They instead go work out at the student athletic center or participate in student organizations that provide a more creative outlet. In other words, it’s a different community and a different mission than the public library.
  • I guess more than anything I’m interested in the spirit of makerspaces, as Elizabeth notes, as a place where creativity and excitement are encouraged. Maybe these feelings aren’t as closely-associated with a place intended for (school)work as they are with one intended for hobbies/leisure. But I think it *is* exciting to research a topic and make something out of the information you find.
  • At U.Iowa we’ve been developing a 75-90 minute lesson plan with an overview of zine history, hands on time with zines, and then time to make a collaborative zine. I’d be happy to chat about it, send an e-mail! Colleen Theisen, Special Collections & University Archives – University of Iowa
Sara Thompson

Information Literacy Tables | Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library - 1 views

    "The following information literacy concepts and skills provide a framework for library instructors and teaching faculty to address during each of the indicated class levels."
Sara Thompson

Cooperative Library Instruction Project - 0 views

    "CLIP is creating tutorials that specifically address the larger ideas of information literacy. The collection might look something like an interactive, online information literacy "text book" from which librarians or instructors anywhere can select and use pieces as they choose."
Dan Chibnall

The devil you know in first-year instruction | Information Wants To Be Free - 1 views

    " Behavior vs. belief and changing culture | Home By Meredith Farkas | August 10, 2012 It's pretty clear from the comments on my recent posts that many of us have a sense that the sort of information literacy instruction we're providing is not having the impact we'd like.
Sara Thompson

Assessment Planning and Reporting :: UNC-Wilmington - 0 views

    "The information and materials on this page will help program chairs, program coordinators, and assessment coordinators develop their program assessment plans, implement them, and report on them. Assessment Plans and Reports are created at the program level." Includes templates, examples, summaries and more about creating department / program assessment activities.  
Sara Thompson

Can You Put that in the Form of a Question? | Inside Higher Ed - 0 views

  • One of their assignments is to interview a researcher in their field. This year, since the students had a nice mix of majors from across the curriculum, we used reports from the interviews as an opportunity to analyze on how research traditions vary from one discipline to another and how these experts’ processes differ from those of non-experts.
  • One thing that many students remarked on as they reported on their interviews: the activities that define research are enormously varied from one discipline to another. The process a researcher goes through to examine the historical context in which Shakespeare wrote one of his history plays is a world apart from what a researcher does to develop a new vaccine or what an ethnographer does when studying an isolated culture in Brazil.
  • The scientists all had co-authors; the social scientists were a mix of solo and collaborative projects, and the humanists all performed solo acts. And yet, it became clear that all of them were working within an ongoing conversation. None of them was doing work that didn’t draw on and respond to the work of others.
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  • Every interview subject conducted some sort of a literature review as part of any research project
  • Every researcher described some strategies for keeping up with new developments in their area of expertise, all of which involved some scanning of new publications and some personal contact with individuals exploring the same territory.
  • For most, presenting research at conferences was a common part of bringing their research to completion. For all, writing up results for publication was an important final step, and they seemed acutely aware of the pecking order for publication venues in their field.
  • (In contrast, undergraduates mostly encounter articles within databases, called up by key words, not as artifacts within a particular journal which carries clout.)
  • One thing the students all gained through these interviews was an appreciation that research is not a matter of finding answers in other people’s publications. Every scholar interviewed described how they had asked a question that nobody had asked before, a question they couldn’t answer themselves until they had completed the research. It struck me that so much of what undergraduates experience as “research” is very nearly the opposite, a process of uncovering answers others have already arrived at.
  • I’m also thinking about what these interviews said collectively about how real research is conducted. It makes me a little crazy when students abandon a truly interesting question because they can’t find sources to quote that provide the answer, or when they change their topic based on what they can find easily. Or (shudder) when they say they've written their paper, but need help finding five sources to cite. Clearly, they are not learning how to do research; they aren't even learning what research is.  What I would really, really like is to figure out how to give every student the experience of not worrying so much about getting the right answers, but learning how to ask a really good question. The kind they won't find answered in the library.
    "I teach a course in the spring called Information Fluency... It's an upper division undergraduate course pitched to students who are planning to go to graduate school, giving them a chance to learn more about the way the literature of their field works as well as generally how to use library and internet tools for research."
Sara Thompson

Adventures in Library Instruction podcast: Episode 36: Reflective Teaching, Effective L... - 0 views

    Join us for a fascinating, lively discussion as we talk with Char Booth about her book, Reflective Teaching, Effective Learning: Instructional Literacy for Library Educators.  Discussion includes becoming a reflective teacher and master of instructional literacy, and how both the book's pedological frameworks and practical worksheets both help inform this process. And we also learn about Char's most embarrassing moment of teaching! Char Booth is the Instruction Services Manager & E-Learning Librarian at Claremont Colleges Library. She blogs at info-mational,, and tweets at @charbooth.  Char recently won the 2012 ACRL Rockman Publication of the Year Award, and begins as an ACRL Immersion Faculty Member this year.
Sara Thompson

Overview of Library Instruction Assessment - 0 views

  • Focus has been on us ◦ Perceptions of teaching ◦ In general, little measure of what students are actually learning / can do
  • National Survey of Student Engagement  “First-year students were asked in NSSE about the frequency with which they „worked on a paper or project that required integrating ideas or information from various sources,‟ a component of information literacy. UNCW first-year students reported a frequency that was statistically significantly below that reported by our selected peers, significantly below that reported by national master‟s universities, and significantly below that reported by all NSSE 2007 institutional participants. This information led to the development of a rubric-based assessment plan for information literacy to be implemented with the comprehensive assessment of Basic Studies beginning Fall 2009.”
  • Assessment tool selected: ◦ The American Association of Colleges and Universities‟ (AAC&U) “Information Literacy Metarubric” BasicStudies.pdf
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  • (Part of Assessment Report)
  • Assessment Checklist 1. What are our research questions? (What are we trying to discover about student skills, knowledge, abilities, etc.; and what evidence do we have already?) 2. What is the expected level of performance? 3. When in the students‟ career do we assess this outcome? (entry, end of sophomore year, senior, etc.) 4. In which course(s) or venue? 5. What student work/artifacts are collected? 6. How is the student work evaluated? (criteria/rubric) 7. Who evaluates the student work? 8. Who analyzes the results? 9. Where do recommendations for action go? 10. Who takes action? (And how do we ensure changes are evidence‐based and data‐driven?) 11. How is the process documented? 12. Where is the documentation kept? 13. What is the timetable/schedule for determining which outcomes are assessed Developed by the General Education Assessment Committee for designing assessment of a learning when? outcome.
    Slideshare presentation from Randall Library, July 2010; assessment as part of university-wide culture change,
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