Natalie Lopez joined the Advisory Board for the Threshold Achievement Test for Information Literacy in 2017. Here she reveals how her teaching has evolved and shares her approach to incorporating the frames into her instruction. She also explains the meaning of this photo!
Question #1: Please tell us about your job.
I am the Outreach Librarian for Palomar College! I extend the promotional reach of library services to our student population, our faculty and our community of prospective students. I love that we have so many wonderful services to help our students succeed. My job involves increasing the visibility of these services and making sure students know to ask questions. I also let faculty know we build our collections based on the curriculum and we can help instruct their students how to successfully navigate the library as they work on research papers.
By Meghan Wanucha Smith, Coordinator of Instructional Assessment, East Carolina University, firstname.lastname@example.org
This post is based on a poster presented at 2018 Library Assessment Conference.
At East Carolina University’s Joyner Library, librarians and library staff in Research & Instructional Services teach information literacy instruction for classes ranging from introductory composition to graduate-level research methods and use a variety of assessment techniques to gauge student learning. In previous program assessment efforts, we focused on lower-level composition classes with quizzes to test students’ abilities to use specific library resources. This time around, we wanted to know what students were learning in all of our classes to get a better sense of what the process of learning looked like in the entire instruction program. Could we design an easy-to-implement, shared assessment that would capture this information?
Today's post is from a team of educators at Florida State College at Jacksonville. Sheri Brown, Marilyn Painter, and Susan Slavicz work as a cross-division team to understand students' perceptions of plagiarism and to address their needs through education and training. They presented this research at the Georgia International Conference on Information Literacy in September 2018.
By Sheri Brown, Librarian; Marilyn Painter, Professor of English; and Susan Slavicz, Director, Academy of Teaching and Learning Florida State College at Jacksonville
The plagiarism bug just can’t seem to be eradicated. It is an issue that faces all institutions. At Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) English faculty joined with faculty librarians to collaborate on an assessment to combat student fallacies regarding plagiarism.
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.
Dr. Jane Liu is a founding member of the Advisory Board of the Threshold Achievement Test for Information Literacy. She is a faculty member in the Chemistry Department at Pomona College and she incorporates elements of information literacy in her teaching.
Jane, we are so pleased to have you on the Advisory Board for the Threshold Achievement Test for Information Literacy. You bring a valuable perspective to our work, particularly as a faculty member in the sciences. Please tell us about your position as Associate Professor of Chemistry at Pomona College.
Jane: I have a fantastic job! I was hired to primarily teach biochemistry, which I describe as understanding how cells and organisms work, at a molecular level. I teach this subject in the classroom, mostly to third- and fourth-year undergraduates, but I’m a firm believer that some of the best ways to learn science is to actually do science. So I also engage students in my research lab where I investigate how genes are turned on and off in bacteria. My students and I work side by side, wearing lab coats and gloves, growing bacteria, isolating DNA, RNA and proteins, and doing experiments on these materials to answer questions that we do not know the answer to. There is a great deal of learning that can occur when tackling the unknown – and there are always a few unexpected surprises that are uncovered.