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- ItemTrial by fire: new librarians as team teachers(2004) Gerrard, Angie; Knoch, JessicaNew librarians are often thrown into library instruction with little or no formal training. Team teaching is one method that can be adopted by new librarians to ease them into their instructional duties while still delivering a quality information literacy program. As new librarians, the authors used a team-teaching mentoring partnership to deliver an instructional program to over 400 students.
- 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.
- 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.
- ItemInformation literacy from students' perspectives: final report(2012) Morrison, JoanThis applied research project was carried out as part of NorQuest College Library's strategic planning for information literacy instruction. The Library uses the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education. By interviewing 14 Social Work diploma students about their perceptions of information literacy and how they find, evaluate, and use information, the Library hoped to determine if these ACRL standards are the best match for students in a unique multicultural environment.
- ItemOpen literacy and the problem of access refusal(2012-05-23) Hall, RobynThe swift evolution of Open Access (OA) publishing of scholarly works has been driven by researchers and librarians who recognize the societal benefits of these resources being freely available on the Internet. Especially in fields relevant to Science, Technology and Medicine, high quality OA content can benefit people conducting both personal and professional research anywhere in the world. These resources can prove exceptionally valuable to students whose access to scholarly research materials may be limited by costly journal subscriptions both while they are in school and long after they have graduated. This presentation will draw on findings from an exploratory research study that involved a survey sent to academic librarians across Canada questioning the degree to which they are educating students about Open Access research materials and their motivations for and against doing so. Based on participants’ responses, suggested teaching strategies and promotional initiatives will be shared with session attendees. Information literacy teaching methods discussed aim to foster a broader understanding of Open resources and overall scholarly publishing processes among students developing critical and sustainable researching skills.
- 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.
- ItemDigital scholarship from the bottom up: the library's role in open access student journals(2013) Hall, RobynOpen Journal Systems (OJS) is open source publishing software that has been adopted by scholarly communities around the world. Typically, it is hosted by academic libraries and used by faculty and graduate students to disseminate research articles independent of proprietary, for-profit journal publishers. Increasingly, however, educators are using this software for assignments and initiatives that give undergraduate students hands on experience with open access publishing of their own digital works and that of their peers. Drawing on a range of examples, this session will highlight ways that librarians can provide technical support, editorial guidance, and media/digital literacy instruction to help create and maintain open access student journals. Participants will also have an opportunity to see the inner workings of OJS while being asked to consider the possibilities and implications of managing an open journal hosting service at their own library, be it public, academic, or special.
- ItemEngaging, embedded and mobile! The evolution of an online IL instruction program at MacEwan University(2013) Nelson, Jody; Stieglitz, Tara; Morrison, JoanFor the past 10 years the MacEwan University library has used our online SearchPath tutorial as the foundation of our information literacy (IL) program. Over the years SearchPath has evolved dramatically, from a flash-based video file to a modular series of engaging learning objects in HTML5, changing formats as technology and the needs of our students have changed. In the new context of mobile learning and 24-7 demand for access to information and point-of-need support, we are seeking to reinforce in the virtual what is possible in face-to-face instruction, developing a sustainable, embedded, engaging, and mobile IL program. In this interactive session, participants will have a chance to try out our mobile learning modules and answer some of the skill-testing questions developed for MacEwan students.
- ItemMaking assessment less scary: academic librarians collaborate on an information literacy assessment model(2013) Goebel, Nancy; Knoch, Jessica; Edwards Thomson, Michelle; Willson, Rebekah; Sharun, SaraThis article discusses the Information Literacy in Alberta Assessment Pilot (ILAAP), a pilot project launched by four Alberta post-secondary institutions. The project is aimed at creating a custom assessment tool that responds to the unique needs of local institutions. It is also created to provide a more appropriate model for promoting and assessing information literacy skills among students. The article describes the emergence of the assessment tool and details the benefits and the challenges of the project.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- ItemBook review: breaking into the lab: engineering progress for women in science(2013) Garstad, RoxyThe importance of getting to know your user community is a common mantra heard in library schools around the world but often we librarians become so mired in the day-to-day work of science librarianship that we forget this central tenet. An easy way to solve this problem for science librarians is to read one of the growing numbers of books on the nature of scientific practice, such as Sue Rosser's monograph, Breaking into the Lab: Engineering Progress for Women in Science.
- ItemStrangers in a strange land no longer: using APIs to create a seamless user experience(2014) Betz, SonyaBetz discusses how her library embarked on a dramatic re-visioning of their online space. Instead of sending students out into the scary (and not so user-friendly) world of disparate vendor user interfaces, they began using commercial and home-grown APIs to keep students wthe library in a fully integrated and customized web environment. They developed a fully-featured iOS app that integrates APIs and web services from Ebsco Discovery Service, Sirsi Symphony, and the Atlas Ares eReserves software. She talks about the big benefits of keeping Library users "in-house."
- ItemYou say you want a publishing revolution(2014) Hall, RobynThe open access movement began alongside the wide scale adoption of the Internet in the 1990s, and it has continued to gain momentum through the efforts of research organization and university advocates aiming to make peer-reviewed research freely available to anyone who needs it. Still, the vast majority of academic journal literature remains locked behind paywalls and is only accessible through expensive subscriptions most often paid for by academic libraries. This paper investigates the extent to which a growing number of academic libraries offering not-for-profit open access publishing services can impact systemic, transformative changes to a largely commercial, for-profit publishing industry. Through establishing and maintaining publishing services—including open access journal hosting and institutional repositories—I argue that academic libraries in Canada and beyond can reposition and empower themselves as not only subscribers and lenders of online scholarly resources, but also as producers of the information their users need. However, I argue further that this can only be accomplished through careful consideration and implementation of sustainable, cost-efficient allocation of resources.
- ItemShare, inspire, advance: what an institutional repository means for MacEwan(2014) Hall, RobynWith the recently launched institutional repository, Research Online at MacEwan (RO@M), faculty and students now have the opportunity to easily share their research, scholarship, and creative activity openly online. This means greater exposure for work done at MacEwan, while fostering learning, collaboration, and innovation. During this session, participants will be introduced to what institutional repositories are and the value they bring to the academic community, followed by a hands-on overview of the RO@M website including how to search, browse, and contribute works.
- ItemInstructional diversity: a blended model for sustainable IL programming(2014) Nelson, Jody; Morrison, JoanThis session shares the details of a pilot project to create a more sustainable Information Literacy (IL) instruction program for first-year undergraduates. Our goal was to develop an instruction model that could be managed by our Library instruction team, reduce duplication of content and effort, incorporate both online and in-person instruction and promote self-directed student learning opportunities. Our blended instruction model incorporates: timely face-to-face classroom visits, online learning modules, hands-on critical thinking activities and student-directed drop-in research workshops.
- ItemTaking control of discovery: in-house development to improve student experience and break down silos(2014) Popowich, Sam; Betz, SonyaWhen it comes to software, libraries have many more options today than they did ten years ago. While still reliant on vendors for some aspects of library software, more and more libraries are turning to in-house development and open-source software to take back a measure of control over their data and their users’ experience. MacEwan University and University of Alberta Libraries are both taking advantage of these new options in software development to create discovery and access systems that are more flexible and more intuitive. While these libraries differ greatly in their focus, and in the needs and requirements of their users, their approach to discovery has evolved along a similar path, with similar outcomes. Do projects like those at MacEwan and U of A represent a fundamental shift in how libraries understand discovery, or more broadly, a shift in how they understand their relationship with software vendors? This presentation examines the discovery projects at U of A and MacEwan, and probe some of the big-picture questions such projects raise.
- ItemThe funny side of open access(2014) Hall, RobynHow do you engage undergraduate students with topics to do with open access to research on the Internet? Offer them popcorn, candy and comedy, of course! To celebrate Open Access Week 2013, MacEwan University Library held an Open Access Comedy Film Festival. The event featured daily showings of films that have entered the public domain from the likes of Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin, and The Three Stooges, along with brief introductions to what open access research journals are and where to find them online. The event turned out to be a uniquely fun and successful way to engage the university community with not only the open access movement but related efforts that embrace the free online exchange of ideas and creativity. Learn about how the event came together as well as recommendations the organizer has to offer anyone who is inspired to host a similar event at their own college or university.