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ItemActivate your Learners! Active learning strategies for fostering participant engagement in information literacy sessions(2013) Shamchuk, Lisa; Plouffe, Leah; Nelson, JodyMacEwan University Librarians have revamped introductory information literacy programming to incorporate active learning activities. Our session will discuss the value of active learning, share the chart used to match activities with learning objectives, and allow participants to experience active learning activities that could be adapted for programming in all types of libraries. ItemAuthentic and active: a pilot project to assess a large-scale information literacy program(2012) Knoch, Jessica; Hayman, Richard; Shamchuk, Lisa; Townsend, LeahThe dual goals of helping students achieve immediate success in their first year English class and developing a baseline set of IL skills and attitudes form the basis of MacEwan University Library’s English Library Instruction Program (ELIP). With more than 120 sessions offered each year, ELIP has become a sizable yet essential service offered by MacEwan University Library. While the resources, personnel and time needed to develop and administer ELIP at MacEwan are substantial, these needs are mitigated by the impact that this program may have on student ability to locate and evaluate information relevant to their courses. In January 2011, MacEwan University Library undertook a pilot project to begin measuring this impact. Informed by the assessment-for-learning theory, ELIP team members designed a pedagogical approach that included a learning tool to collect assessment data while providing an authentic and active learning experience for students. A rubric was then used to evaluate the learning tool and determine the extent of student learning. Join us as we discuss how we blended authentic IL assessment with fresh pedagogical approaches to demonstrate the effectiveness of our library’s largest instructional program. Preliminary results will be shared along with the tools you will need to deliver a similar program in your institution. ItemAuthentic assessment/assessment-for-learning: early findings from a large scale information literacy assessment program(2013) Shamchuk, Lisa; Nelson, Jody; Plouffe, Leah; Knoch, Jessica; Morrison, JoanHow does one systematically evaluate a large-scale information literacy program and make the assessment both authentic and meaningful for learners? This was the problem faced by an instruction team at MacEwan University Library in Edmonton, AB. This poster outlines the development of an assessment program, highlighting early results and the impact of these results on curriculum and pedagogy. ItemChanging professional roles in academic libraries: Structures and relationships(2015) James, Norene; Shamchuk, Lisa; Koch, Katherine; Laplante, DenisInvestigators conducted a survey in February 2014 that captured perceptions from library technicians and librarians across Canada about the changing roles and dynamics of work relationships. Focused on results from the academic library sector, this paper will share how work responsibilities, professional roles, and relationships between the professions are perceived to be changing. Results will be of interest to academic librarians who seek evidence on changing professional roles, relationships between professions, issues of power and hierarchy in the workplace, as well as the need to mindfully reinvent organizational structures and culture. ItemChanging professional roles in academic libraries: structures and relationships(2015) James, Norene; Shamchuk, Lisa; Koch, Katherine; Laplante, DenisInvestigators conducted a survey in February 2014 that captured perceptions from library technicians and librarians across Canada about the changing roles and dynamics of work relationships. Focused on results from the academic library sector, this paper will share how work responsibilities, professional roles, and relationships between librarians and library technicians are perceived to be changing, as well as provide suggestions for improving workplace culture. Results will be of interest to academic librarians and library technicians who seek evidence of changing professional roles, and relationships between professions, as well as the need to mindfully reinvent organizational structures and culture. ItemChanging roles of librarians and library technicians(2015) James, Norene; Shamchuk, Lisa; Koch, KatherineWhat significant changes are librarians and library technicians experiencing in their roles? A survey put forward across Canada to librarians and library technicians addressing this question was conducted in February 2014. Eight hundred eighty-two responses were obtained from librarians, defined as MLIS graduates, and library technicians, defined as graduates from a two-year library diploma program. Respondents needed to have been employed in the last two years in these roles and students of either an MLIS or LIT program were also welcome to participate. The results suggest that both librarians and library technicians perceive their roles as growing in scope and complexity and that the lines of responsibility are blurring. A majority of respondents indicated that they perceive a change in their roles in the past five years and commented on what the perceived changes were. Librarian and library technician roles may be shifting away from what may be viewed as traditional or clearly defined responsibilities and both librarians and library technicians may be taking on new tasks as well as experiencing task overlap. All library staff will need to be fluid, adaptable, and open to change. Library school curricula and workplace training need to incorporate the development of these competencies. ItemEarly literacy learning for future library paraprofessionals: authentic learning in library education(2022) Mardhani-Bayne, Alvina; Shamchuk, LisaThis article describes the professional learning around early literacy experienced by library paraprofessional students at a post-secondary institution in Canada. Students completed a survey to gauge their conceptions of early literacy at the beginning of a course on library services for children and young adults. These students then experienced hands-on, engaging course elements such as in-class discussions, guest speakers, and authentic assessments. At the conclusion of the course, students were again surveyed and were asked to identify course elements that contributed to their learning. Most students aligned with an emergent literacy approach to early literacy. While a comparison between the two surveys did not reveal a significant difference in terms of students’ conceptions of early literacy, multiple students identified the hands-on elements of the course as beneficial. The researchers conclude that providing authentic professional learning opportunities that include knowledge application reinforces learners’ conceptions about emergent literacy. ItemThe elephant in the room: changing roles of librarians and library technicians(2014) James, Norene; Shamchuk, Lisa; Koch, KatherineThe findings from current research will be presented about what librarians and library technicians would like to see in order to achieve a harmonious balance. This session will be interactive and allow for the audience to share their ideas as to how we can better understand each other’s critical role in creating a compatible environment. ItemFacilitating a city-wide professional development program: Edmonton information literacy teaching triangles(2017) Shamchuk, LisaDo you want to facilitate/participate in a program to view other IL instructors, with the intention of sharing/learning teaching strategies? This poster will explain the concept of teaching triangles, and outline steps to facilitate this engaging opportunity for either your library, or wider to your local library network! ItemFlipping your classroom: using online resources to engage students(2013) Shamchuk, LisaThere is a trend sweeping the education sector right now: “flipping the classroom”. As a means of increasing student engagement and learning, instructors are assigning videos to view as homework, and then using in-class time for discussion and active learning activities, instead of lecturing. What exactly is ‘flipping the classroom’? How does it work? Does it really increase student engagement and learning? What resources can be used? A MacEwan University librarian will provide an overview of the ‘flipping the classroom’ concept, as well as give ideas for online video resources available via the Library and for free on the Internet. ItemInspiring professional development on a shoestring: facilitating learning opportunities for information literacy instructors(2014) Shamchuk, LisaHow do you stay on top of evolving trends and changes to information literacy delivery? How do you cope with shrinking professional development allocations? Learn about various cost effective in-house professional development opportunities available to MacEwan University librarians. Walk away with low cost, practical ideas for jump starting your library's information literacy professional development offerings. Take-away ideas will include a variety of events and specific activities you could facilitate in your library tomorrow! ItemMacEwan University Library’s pedagogical shift: using active learning activities during first-year information literacy sessions(2013) Shamchuk, Lisa; Plouffe, LeahArising from K–12 education, the pedagogical concept of active learning is becoming more and more commonplace in face-to-face library Information Literacy (IL) sessions. MacEwan University Library decided to update IL sessions to incorporate active learning activities, a decision which not only benefited the engagement of students and faculty, but the librarians as well. ItemThe new civic journalism? An examination of Canadian public libraries as community news sources during the 2019 and 2021 federal election(2023) Lillebuen, Steve; Shamchuk, LisaBackground: This article examines to what extent Canadian public libraries participate in civic journalism at a time when news media coverage is declining in many communities. This pilot study was prompted by reports that public libraries in the United States were undertaking civic-minded journalism following the closure of community newspapers. Analysis: A content analysis of 64 Canadian public library websites found nearly a dozen examples of basic news reporting or civic-minded journalism initiatives (basic reporting, n = 8; civic, n = 3) published during the 2019 and 2021 federal election campaigns. This article also articulates and explains the shared goals and philosophy of the civic journalism movement and the mandate of public libraries. ItemParaprofessional library education in Canada: an environmental scan(2017) Erickson, Norene; Shamchuk, LisaGet an overview of the development, current state, and potential future trends of paraprofessional library education in Canada. During this session, we’ll present an environmental scan of the current English-speaking, diploma programs available in Canada that train library technicians. We will investigate topic coverage of library diploma curricula to identify patterns and relationships among the paraprofessional education programs, and examine any evidence of a shift in educational outcomes for these traditionally vocational-focused programs. ItemParaprofessional library education in Canada: an environmental scan(2017) James, Norene; Shamchuk, LisaThis article represents a current environmental scan of 14 Canadian, English-speaking, paraprofessional library education diploma programs. The results were used to provide an overview of the development, current state, and possible future trends of paraprofessional library education in Canada. The patterns and relationships among the programs were identified, and the curriculum content of these traditionally skills-based programs was examined. It was discovered that the programs predominately focus on practical skill development, as evidenced by course titles and descriptions. Graduates may benefit from a greater proportion of courses that emphasize broader intellectual content in the curriculum, as recommended in recent studies on paraprofessional roles and industry changes. ItemProfessional development on a budget: facilitating learning opportunities for information literacy instructors(2015) Shamchuk, LisaHow do you stay on top of evolving trends and changes to information literacy delivery, especially while coping with shrinking professional development allocations? This article details various in-house, professional development opportunities created for MacEwan University’s library staff. Low-cost, practical ideas are given to help jump-start a library's information literacy professional development offerings. Included are details about organizing an Information Literacy Community, internal Library Professional Development Days and an information literacy event open to local library professionals. ItemRebooting the guidelines for the education of library technicians(2023) Erickson, Norene; Shamchuk, LisaThe Canadian Federation of Library Association’s (CFLA-FCAB) Guidelines for the Education of Library Technicians were last updated in 2011 and in need of a reboot. These guidelines have helped to establish a national standard for the education of library technicians in Canada and provided a framework for the development of skills, knowledge, and abilities of library technicians to provide job-ready, and highly skilled graduates. As much has changed in the library and information landscape in recent years, we instigated a substantial update to the Guidelines in 2021. The update was completed and approved by the CFLA-FCAB in July 2022 and is a guide for library educators, library administrators, supervisors, and practitioners. This paper details the research process undertaken to update the Guidelines that reflect the core competencies of library technicians in Canada. ItemStretching PICO: implications for database searching and perceived searching confidence(2018) Nelson, Jody; Shamchuk, LisaLibrary Technician (LT) students develop knowledge and expertise in translating diverse patron reference questions into effective search strategies. Traditionally they are taught generic concept mapping for identification of searchable components. This poster explores how PICO could be modified and applied, outside of the clinical context, as a novel teaching approach to structuring search strategies and promoting searching confidence in information literacy instruction across disciplines. This study examines the effectiveness of PICO vs generic concept mapping as searching strategies for first year LT students, also considering student preference, and any differences in perceived searching confidence. ItemStretching PICO: implications for database searching and perceived searching confidence(2019) Shamchuk, Lisa; Nelson, JodyThe purpose of this small, interdisciplinary, teaching and learning study is to examine database search strategy development in a class of first year undergraduate library technician students, comparing the effectiveness of structuring a search employing PICO, a clinical question formulation tool used in evidence based medicine, to using the generic keyword concept map commonly taught in information literacy contexts. This study also investigates these students’ preferences, and the impact on their perceived searching confidence when using the two approaches. Structured worksheets were used to guide students through the application of the two methods, and student results were captured via an online survey. Analysis revealed comparable recall scores for database search results between the methods, higher precision scores for PICO, and comparable self-rated searcher confidence. ItemSustainable pedagogies: creating video tutorials through faculty-student-library collaboration(2012) Shamchuk, Lisa; Bratt, Sharon; Coffee, Cherie AnnePresenters will describe the goals and outcomes of a collaborative pilot project to develop educational materials which fulfill the immediate learning outcomes of an undergraduate course, as well as meet the future library research needs of the larger university community. A team consisting of an education librarian, a faculty member teaching in the area of instructional technology and an undergraduate Education student has developed a set of web-based screencast tutorials to be included with MacEwan University Library’s online subject guides. These screencasts are intended to assist students with common information literacy tasks such as using subject specific library databases and reference management tools. Our longer term goal is to identify sustainable pedagogical approaches and projects through faculty, student and librarian collaborations.