Sunday, December 8, 2013

Library-Led Faculty Workshops: Helping Distance Educators Meet Information Literacy Goals in the Online Classroom

Abstract 

Library-Led Faculty Workshops: Helping Distance Educators Meet Information Literacy Goals in the Online ClassroomAt University of Maryland University College (UMUC), librarians have designed and led a number of multiday, asynchronous online workshops for faculty. The workshops teach faculty how to meet information literacy goals in the virtual classroom. Through hands-on activities and discussion among their colleagues, participants in the faculty workshops learn about the university's information literacy standards, library resources and services, free Web tools, and how best to design class assignments involving library research. Library-led faculty workshops at UMUC have increased library visibility and furthered collaboration between faculty and librarians. This article discusses 5 workshops, detailing workshop content and logistics and demonstrating how librarians can help distance faculty further information literacy goals for students.

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Conclusion

Library-led faculty workshops offer excellent opportunities to further a library's collaboration with individual faculty members, academic departments, and other units within the university. Workshops that raise distance educators’ awareness of a library's online resources and services, and that help faculty create classroom assignments that make the best use of those resources and services, ultimately help the university reach its information literacy goals for students.

Though designing and facilitating a workshop represents a significant time commitment on the part of the library, each workshop, once created, can be presented multiple times. The workshops, however, do not remain static: librarians update content as needed and make revisions to further enhance the participants’ experience in the workshops. Furthermore, an existing workshop can readily be adapted to another topic: for example, a workshop on information literacy in the natural sciences can be adapted to one on information literacy in psychology. With even a few successful workshops in place, a library can envision addressing any number of information-literacy related topics in faculty workshops.

Being able to offer workshops, as the UMUC library does, in partnership with a department like the Center for Teaching and Learning, gives library-led workshops a certain visibility and importance. However, smaller-scale, less formal library-led workshops, offered directly to an academic department, for example, or to interested university staff, can also be an effective means of outreach and building partnerships between a distance library and other entities within the university

Cite:

Library-Led Faculty Workshops: Helping Distance Educators Meet Information Literacy Goals in the Online Classroom Robert Miller, Edward O’Donnell, Neal Pomea, Joseph Rawson, Ryan Shepard, Cynthia Thomes /  Journal of Library Administration  / Vol. 50, Iss. 7-8 / 830-856/  2010

Source and (Free) Full Text Available At:

[http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/01930826.2010.488977]

Presentation Available At:

[http://cdm16240.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/singleitem/collection/p15434coll5/id/1025/rec/14]

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