Presentation Title

Information Literacy Stipends: Innovation Through Collaboration

Location

Room 1002

Type of Presentation

Panel (1 hour and 15 minutes presentation total for two or more presenters)

Target Audience

Higher Education

Abstract

The University Libraries at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro has an active information literacy program, consisting largely of course-integrated one-shot information literacy sessions. They employ a liaison model, where librarians work with assigned departments to provide this instruction. Despite busy teaching loads, liaison librarians are always looking for new ways to engage with professors and further infuse information literacy into the curriculum.

In 2015, the Library offered three stipends to faculty to redesign a course to be taught during the spring semester of 2016 to incorporate information literacy. Seventeen proposals were submitted. A committee of librarians evaluated them and chose three, one of which was from Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations (ELC). After the recipients were notified, the instructors and librarians began working on the courses.

This presentation will focus both the creation of the stipend program and on the ELC course. This course typically consists of a series of reflection papers written throughout the semester. By collaborating with the Education Librarian, the instructor changed the reflection assignments to require that students connect a course reading with an outside source. Writing these reflections will lead to a research project where students will expand upon one of their earlier reflections. The instructor also added a one-shot library instruction session to the course, invited the librarian to attend several class sessions, and encouraged students to meet with the librarians for help with finding resources for their final project.

Presentation Description

Librarians often struggle to find innovative ways to reach out to faculty. At the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, we offered a stipend to faculty to redesign a course to incorporate information literacy. This presentation will discuss the stipend program as well as one of the collaborations that came out of it.

Keywords

Information literacy, Critical pedagogy, Teacher education, Faculty collaboration, Outreach, Liaison

Publication Type and Release Option

Presentation (Open Access)

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Sep 30th, 10:00 AM Sep 30th, 11:30 AM

Information Literacy Stipends: Innovation Through Collaboration

Room 1002

The University Libraries at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro has an active information literacy program, consisting largely of course-integrated one-shot information literacy sessions. They employ a liaison model, where librarians work with assigned departments to provide this instruction. Despite busy teaching loads, liaison librarians are always looking for new ways to engage with professors and further infuse information literacy into the curriculum.

In 2015, the Library offered three stipends to faculty to redesign a course to be taught during the spring semester of 2016 to incorporate information literacy. Seventeen proposals were submitted. A committee of librarians evaluated them and chose three, one of which was from Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations (ELC). After the recipients were notified, the instructors and librarians began working on the courses.

This presentation will focus both the creation of the stipend program and on the ELC course. This course typically consists of a series of reflection papers written throughout the semester. By collaborating with the Education Librarian, the instructor changed the reflection assignments to require that students connect a course reading with an outside source. Writing these reflections will lead to a research project where students will expand upon one of their earlier reflections. The instructor also added a one-shot library instruction session to the course, invited the librarian to attend several class sessions, and encouraged students to meet with the librarians for help with finding resources for their final project.