It's Academic, Librarian.

Trends, Achievements, and Competencies

What’s integration got to do with it?

Everything.  Absolutely everything.

I am fortunate to work with a far-sighted and student-focused faculty that saw that our collaboration would allow them to focus closely on course content.  Curriculum learning objectives and outcomes are supported by engaging me, the Instructional and Research Librarian, early in course assignment and topic planning.  This practice also aligns with institutional strategic values and plans. Working in close concert with faculty has fostered a respectful, exciting, and strong collaborative environment, which contributes to the development of a valuable Information Literacy Skills Development (ILSD) program on many levels, for example:

  • heightened awareness of library subject matter experts – librarian, reference desk staff, technicians, and circulation clerks
  • improved communication between faculty and library
  • strengthened library instructional program in the context of relevancy, supporting learners, and delivering personalized learning experiences

Much research and competency development is invested in this information literacy program, the expected integrated information literacy program, and delivering 1-on-1 research consultation sessions.  Developing a suite of competencies, deeper understanding, and identifying opportunities to integrate ILSD sessions into my librarianship practice is ongoing and strategic. I have compiled a list of sources and resources consulted in the last 18 or more months as I strive to develop a robust, responsive, learner-centered, and flexible program.

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Partial bibliography of literature reviewed:

Alfonzo, Paige. “Using Twitter Hashtags for Information Literacy Instruction.” Computers in Libraries 34.7 (2014): 19-22 4p. CINAHL with Full Text. Web. 8 Feb. 2015.

Calkins, Kaijsa, and Cassandra Kvenild. The Embedded Librarian’s Cookbook. n.p.: Chicago: Association of College and Research Libraries, a division of the American Library Association, c2014., 2014.  Print. 3 Nov. 2014.

Cirella, David. “Beyond Traditional Literacy Instruction.” Computers in Libraries 32.10 (2012): 5-8 4p. CINAHL with Full Text. Web. 10 Feb. 2014

Cheek, Earl H., and Evan Ortlieb. Using Informative Assessments Towards Effective Literacy Instruction. Bingley, U.K.: Emerald, 2012. eBook Collection. Web. 10 Oct. 2015.

“Framing a Strategy Exploring Faculty Attitudes Toward Library Instruction And Technology Preferences To Enhance Information Literacy.” Reference & User Services Quarterly 52.2 (2012): 109-122. Professional Development Collection. Web. 4 Feb. 2015.

Hutchison, Amy, and Lindsay Woodward. “A Planning Cycle for Integrating Digital Technology into Literacy Instruction.” Reading Teacher 67.6 (2014): 455-464. Canadian Reference Centre. Web. 8 Jan. 2015.

Information Literacy Instruction That Works: A Guide to Teaching by Discipline And Student Population. Chicago: ALA Neal-Schuman, 2013. eBook Collection. Web. 5 Nov. 2014

Julien, Heidi, Maria Tan, and Shannon Merillat. “Instruction for Information Literacy in Canadian Academic Libraries: A Longitudinal Analysis Of Aims, Methods, And Success.” Canadian Journal of Information & Library Sciences 37.2 (2013): 81-102. Professional Development Collection. Web. 5 Sept. 2014.

Kaplowitz, Joan R. Designing Information Literacy Instruction: The Teaching Tripod Approach. n.p.: Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield, c2014., 2014. Print. 3 Oct. 2014.

Katz, Irvin R. “Testing Information Literacy in Digital Environments: ETS’s Iskills Assessment.” Information Technology & Libraries 26.3 (2007): 3-12. Professional Development Collection. Web. 22 Nov. 2013.

Hamilton, Buffy. Embedded Librarianship : Tools And Practices. Chicago, Ill: ALA Editions, 2012. eBook Collection. Web. 5 Dec. 2013.

Leonard, Elizabeth, and Erin McCaffrey. Virtually Embedded : The Librarian In An Online Environment. n.p.: Chicago : Association of College and Research Libraries, a division of the American Library Association, 2014., 2014. Print. 8 Jan. 2015.

McKenna, Michael C. “Literacy Instruction In The Brave New World Of Technology: Integration Of Technology In Language Arts Instruction Has Been Slow And Tentative Even As Information Technologies Have Evolved With Frightening Speed.” Phi Delta Kappan 3 (2014): General OneFile. Web. 8 Feb. 2015.

Meer, Patricia Fravel Vander, Maria A. Perez-Stable, and Dianna E. Sachs. “Framing a Strategy: Exploring Faculty Attitudes Toward Library Instruction And Technology Preferences To Enhance Information Literacy.” Reference & User Services Quarterly 2 (2012): 109. General OneFile. Web. 12 Nov. 2014.

Monge, Robert, and Erica Frisicaro-Pawlowski. “Redefining Information Literacy To Prepare Students For The 21St Century Workforce.” Innovative Higher Education 39.1 (2014): 59-73. Professional Development Collection. Web. 8 Nov. 2014

Neely, Teresa Y. Information Literacy Assessment: Standards-Based Tools and Assignments. Chicago: ALA Editions of the American Library Association, 2006. eBook Collection. Web. 12 Feb. 2014.

O’Connor, Lisa, Larry Sheret, and John A. Steele. “Information Literacy Assessment.” Reference & User Services Quarterly 52.3 (2013): 208-215. Professional Development Collection. Web. 17 Nov. 2014.

Polkinghorne, Sarah, and Shauna Wilton. “Research Is A Verb: Exploring A New Information Literacy–Embedded Undergraduate Research Methods Course.” Canadian Journal Of Information & Library Sciences 34.4 (2010): 457-473. Professional Development Collection. Web. 8 Sept. 2014.

Sheret, Larry, and John A. Steele. “Information Literacy Assessment: Keep It Simple, Keep It Going.” Reference & User Services Quarterly 3 (2013): 208. General OneFile. Web. 30 Nov. 2014.

Stark, Megan R. “Information in Place: Integrating Sustainability into Information Literacy Instruction.” Electronic Green Journal 1.32 (2011): 1-16. Professional Development Collection. Web. 8 Feb. 2015.

Tumbleson, Beth E., and John Burke. Embedding Librarianship In Learning Management Systems : A How-To-Do-It Manual For Librarians. Chicago, Illinois: ALA Editions, 2013. eBook Collection. Web. 8 Aug. 2014.

Walton, Graham, Ruth Stubbings, and Roisin Gwyer. The Road To Information Literacy : Librarians As Facilitators Of Learning. Berlin: De Gruyter Saur, 2012. eBook Collection. Web. 6 July. 2014

Weiner, Sharon A. “Who Teaches Information Literacy Competencies? Report of a Study of Faculty.” College Teaching 62.1 (2014): 5-12. Professional Development Collection. Web. 12 Feb. 2015.

Wilkinson, Carroll Wetzel, and Courtney Bruch. Transforming Information Literacy Programs : Intersecting Frontiers Of Self, Library Culture, And Campus Community. n.p.: Chicago : Association of College and Research Libraries, A Division of the American Library Association, c2012., 2012. Print. 18 Nov. 2014.

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