What are we doing well?
Librarians and faculty are actively working together to advance information literacy competencies. Faculty were generally quite satisfied with the performance of librarians in this area and consider instruction as impactful.
What can we improve on?
Although a fair percentage of faculty requested some form of library instruction, nearly a third did not. The level of engagement in the process and IL instruction varied among faculty. Not all had moved beyond conversation and cooperation to true collaboration.
Should PALNI gather further information to determine factors contributing to this?
Should we map sessions to majors or courses?
What further data would be helpful?
Should librarians do more to reach out to faculty prior to instruction? What do we do now?
Did it impact academic performance? Better writing, citing, critical analysis and synthesis? How can or do librarians get this information?
What surprises us?
The high percentage of faculty involved with and supportive of library instruction.
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Things to consider moving forward …
Working closely with faculty members,
Establish support for IL instruction.
Establish a framework for IL instruction and assessment.
Establish curriculum and programming for IL instruction.
Establish a collaborative and competent team for IL instruction.
1. Continue to keep abreast of best practices, issues, trends, and success stories in information literacy instruction, periodically reviewing the literature to identify areas for further exploration or implementation at an institutional or consortial level.
2. Continue to share information among colleagues and provide support for collaborative activities among librarians – either replication of a study to provide data for how to move forward or for implementation of specific programs or activities.
3. Work closely with faculty in the process of developing and implementing information literacy programming, collaborating on planning, curriculum development, assessment and evaluation.
4. Establish partnerships with campus departments / teams centered on teaching, learning, pedagogy, and curriculum.
5. Educate librarians about learning styles, active learning and other teaching methodologies that can be applied to IL instruction.