At the Georgia International Conference on Information Literacy I had an opportunity to talk with several faculty members in writing and composition. Not surprisingly, many of these professionals have interests that align with those of librarians, not least in the area of information literacy. In fact, the Georgia conference regularly brings together educators from across the disciplinary spectrum who use this opportunity to develop shared understandings, to solidify common goals, and to listen and learn from each other.
I decided to explore the work going on at the intersection of writing studies and information literacy and I was not disappointed. So much impressive work is happening! Below are some key resources in this area.
Framework for Success in Postsecondary Writing
Developed by the Council of Writing Program Administrators, the National Council of Teachers of English, and the National Writing Project
Published in 2011 this Framework document caught my attention in part because of my familiarity with the ACRL Framework. Once I read the executive summary and full document, though, I got really excited. The focus on how teachers can foster certain habits of mind that the authors deem “essential for success in college writing” is an approach that resonates with librarians working to foster information literacy dispositions through training transfer.
Dominique Turnbow is Instructional Design Coordinator for the UC San Diego Library in La Jolla, California, USA. She joined the TATIL Advisory Board in 2014 and has been a key contributor to the development of the Threshold Achievement Test for Information Literacy (TATIL). In this interview she describes her work as an instructional designer, her focus on student learning, and the challenges of bringing Design Thinking to academic library instruction.
Q: Dominique, thank you for your time. Let's start with you telling us about your job.
Dominique: I am an Instructional Design Librarian at the University of California, San Diego. I work closely with our Instructional Technologies Librarian to design, develop, and deliver information literacy learning objects. My part in this process is largely focused working with faculty and liaison librarians to understand what they want students to learn. I use systematic processes grounded in instructional design theory and practice to translate historically in-person instruction to an online environment. I love being able to look at an instructional challenge from a 10,000 foot perspective and create big-picture solutions. The solution typically has a few components, including an online learning object. A big part of the work I do is to also create ways to evaluate the effectiveness of our work and assess student learning.
Meet Lyda McCartin, a member of the Advisory Board for the Threshold Achievement Test for Information Literacy in 2017. Here she shares her thoughts about teaching, assessment, and mentorship.
Q: Please tell us about your job. What do you find most satisfying?
Lyda: As Head of Information Literacy & Undergraduate Support (ILUS) at University of Northern Colorado, I lead a department of three full-time faculty, one 9-month lecturer, and one full-time administrative staff person. Two of ILUS’ strategic initiatives focus on information literacy - The Core Library Instruction Program (CLIP) and the Credit Course Program. The CLIP integrates information literacy into large-scale undergraduate programs including Composition and First Year Experience. The Credit Course Program includes seven courses plus internships and directed study. All courses are embedded into a degree-granting program or are required for an academic program. For example, LIB 160 is required for Criminal Justice majors while LIB 151 is required for students in the honor’s program. We’ve also developed online information literacy modules that faculty can use to embed information literacy into their courses; this is a new initiative that we are just now getting off the ground. ...continue reading "Meet the TATIL Advisory Board: Lyda McCartin"
Today we talk with Joseph Aubele, Librarian at California State University Long Beach in California. Joseph joined the TATIL Advisory Board in 2015 and has been instrumental in making the new test come to life. Learn how his approach to teaching has evolved from feeling like an imposter to handing over control to students. Read his perspective on using assessment results, the library patron as customer, and more!
Q: Please tell us about your job. What do you do? What do you like about your job?
Joseph: At the most basic level I am a reference and instructional librarian -- and almost anyone reading this will have some idea of what that entails. Beyond the obvious, as a tenure track librarian, I engage in research/writing. I also have an administrative assignment as Internship Coordinator for our library which has me meeting with graduate students who are interested in participating in our semester-long experience and then mentoring them once they’re here (and beyond!).
In 2014, my library Curriculum Committee started work on developing new student learning outcomes for our 100-level LIB courses. We teach five distinct credit courses; four are 100-level courses and one is a 200-level course. The learning outcomes had not been revisited in years and we had added new courses since that time. With the debut of the Framework, we took the opportunity to update our learning outcomes. It was at this time we began considering all of our 100-level courses as one “program.” An overview of the process we used to create the outcomes is provided in a C&RL News article titled “Be critical, but be flexible: Using the Framework to facilitate student learning outcome development.” The 100-level student learning outcomes are:
Students will be able to develop a research process
Students will be able to implement effective search strategies
Students will be able to evaluate information
Students will be able to develop an argument supported by evidence
Since 2015, I’ve been guiding the library Curriculum Committee through the creation of signature assignments to assess our credit courses so that we can look at student learning across 100-level sections. A signature assignment is a course-embedded assignment, activity, project, or exam that is collaboratively created by faculty to collect evidence for a specific learning outcome. Most of the time you hear about signature assignments in relation to program level assessment, but they can also be used to assess at the course level and are especially useful if you want to assess a course that has many sections taught by multiple instructors (hint – this model can be used for one-shot instruction as well).