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Turning the Tables: A Faculty-Centered Approach to Incorporating Information Literacy into the Curriculum Chadron Hazelbaker, Assistant Professor

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1 Turning the Tables: A Faculty-Centered Approach to Incorporating Information Literacy into the Curriculum Chadron Hazelbaker, Assistant Professor Nadean Meyer, Learning Resources Librarian Ielleen Miller, Coordinator of Instruction Eastern Washington University

2 Poll: Working with Departments How do you work with departments to develop information literacy skills?

3 Past Practices Set sessions with English composition sequence Work with individual faculty members who asked for & already valued library instruction Dr. Hazelbaker… – Assumed students already had research skills – Didnt know how the librarians could assist

4 Project Goals: Asked Departments to… Answer the following questions: – In regards to acquiring, evaluating and using information, what are your student learning outcomes, and what should students be able to do at three different stages within the major? – How will students demonstrate that they have learned these outcomes? – How will you systematize assessment of the students as a whole, to determine if they are learning the above outcomes? And if they dont appear to be, how will you make changes, or close the feedback loop? – What will the librarians role be in facilitating these outcomes? Teach at least 3 courses with revised research components and/or assignments: one at the beginning, one somewhat midpoint, and the last one towards the end of their bachelors degree.

5 Project Logistics 7 departments in 3 years Experimented with different time-frames Paid faculty stipends Year OneYear TwoYear Three BiologyPhysical Education, Health & Recreation Dental Hygiene HistoryUrban & Regional Planning Reading Womens & Gender Studies

6 Dr. Hazelbakers Perspective Unsure at the beginning… was told would be good for me and would be paid Positive synergy with other faculty Got to know the librarians skills sets – librarians more than keepers of the books; especially liaison who held office hours in department Discussions about building on each others classes very helpful

7 What Worked Well Grant funding for participants Pairing departments to share assignments & strategies Intensive workshop with active listening Project goals in worksheet format Re-cap dinners at the end of the quarters & reflection documents One coordinator & a champion for project

8 What Didnt Work So Well… Spreading it out over the academic year Readings for some faculty members Sequencing skills from beginning to end of major for some departments Time intensive for librarians, but it blends with other duties & better targets

9 Project Sustainability No more grant money, yet wanted to increase number of departments involved In end of winter 2010, held 3-hour workshop & targeted specific low-hanging fruit departments Initially invited 11 departments; 5 attended kick- off workshop; 3 continued after workshop Paid stipend out of library budget Each department works with subject librarian within departmental timeframes, with wrap-up meeting end of each quarter

10 Questions? For audience: – What departments at your college would be ready and willing to articulate the research skills they want their students to have? – How would you encourage departments to participate? ?


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