LOEX 2017: Call for Breakout Session Proposals

LOEX 2017: Call for Breakout Session Proposals
Growing Stronger Together: Diversity and Community in Information Literacy

45th Annual LOEX Conference
May 11-13, 2017
Lexington, Kentucky

You are invited to Lexington for LOEX 2017 to showcase your innovations in library instruction. We are excited to see how librarians across the country are best meeting the wide variety of challenges and opportunities facing instruction librarians.

This year’s LOEX tracks are:
* Pedagogy: Reaping and Sowing Transformative Teaching
* Technology: Saddling Up
* Leadership: Taking the Reins
* Assessment: The Lay of the Land
* Collaboration: Never Ride Alone
* Innovations and Failures: Roots of Our Success

Proposals for 50-minute long presentations and interactive workshops can be submitted only through the online submission form and must be received by Friday, November 18, 2016. The primary contact for the proposal will receive a message indicating receipt of the proposal when it is submitted and will be notified if the proposal has been accepted for presentation by Monday, January 9, 2017.

For more details, please visit http://www.loexconference.org/breakoutproposals.html

Need to provide quick, task-based instruction? Do it with GIFs!

We know that our library users greatly appreciate the Library’s video tutorials. Tutorials allow users to learn research skills on demand, independent of time or geography. These tutorials can also be used to shorten a librarian’s instruction time in the classroom, leaving time for more active learning activities. However, designing, creating, and publishing tutorials can be very time-and-labor intensive. GIFs are an easy-to-create, low-maintenance alternative to video tutorials while still providing visually dynamic instructional content.

What is a GIF?

“GIF” stands for “graphics interchange format.” Released 29 years ago, the GIF provided a way for content developers to share compressed color animations that slow modems could load easily. Early website developers used GIFs to break up content-heavy websites or illustrate that their site was still in progress.

Early GIFs letting users know websites were still being developed

As the internet evolved, so did GIFs. Now, GIFs permeate many forms of digital communication. From text messages to email to social media, GIFs provide a (mostly humorous) way for people to express themselves.

Trudeau awkward handshake GIF
When everyone wants to shake your hand at once

GIFs as Library Instruction

Librarians have started to explore how GIFs might be an alternative instructional media. Using GIFs to display short, task-based activities can communicate step-based instruction more succinctly than images or text. Additionally GIFs can loop repeatedly, allowing users to continuously reference instruction.

Take for example, Sarah’s library guide for Latin American and Caribbean Studies. She wanted a way to communicate how scholars can limit their searches by region in Factiva. Narrowing by region is a seemingly quick process for librarians, but explaining the multiple steps and Factiva’s interface to first-time users can be difficult and confusing. Using a GIF, Sarah could show to process of limiting newspaper searches by region while keeping her LibGuide clean.

Factiva GIF
Limit by region in Factiva

Creating GIFs

GIF creators often fall into two categories: software and web apps. For high-quality GIF options, using software will be the most effective solution. Sarah’s GIF was created by making a screencast in Screenflow, and then producing the GIF in Adobe Photoshop.

However, if you don’t have this software and still want to make a quick GIF, try recording your screen with Screencast-o-Matic and uploading/editing the GIF in GIPHY. This is how I made the GIF embedded in the library news story “Unrequired Reading at the Library.”

FInding Class of 2000 Books GIF
Searching for leisure reading in the library

Notice that Screencast-o-matic automatically highlights your mouse cursor, which can be hard to find in smaller images.

Other GIF maker options are a Chrome extension or MakeaGIf.com.

If you have any questions or need help making GIFs, please ask Julie or Kaitlin.

Resources

Aleman, Karla and Porter, Toccara (2016, April 21). 10-Second Demos: Boiling Asynchronous Online Instruction Down to the Essentials with GIF Graphics. Retrieved from: http://research.moreheadstate.edu/c.php?g=242750&p=1614356.

Suhr, K. (2014, October 22). Using animated GIF images for library instruction. Retrieved from: http://www.inthelibrarywiththeleadpipe.org/2014/using-animated-gif-images-for-library-instruction/

Creating Accessible and Inclusive Handouts

Jennifer Turner and Jessica Schomberg have written an interested article regarding how to create readable, inclusive, and usable documents for library instruction. Using theories from Universal Design for Learning and Gestalt and plain language principles, the authors provide clear suggestions on how to make the most out of your handout. Check it on on In the Library with the Lead Pipe, or review the TL;DR version on the Chronicle for Higher Education’s Prof Hacker blog.

New Repository of Copyright Education Resources for Higher Education

“Furman University, Clemson University, and the University of South Carolina have partnered to create an online repository of reusable works related to copyright in higher education, called CHEER:

http://tigerprints.clemson.edu/cheer/

“Our goal is to develop a single place where librarians, copyright offices, and other related offices at colleges and universities can find a variety of resources they can reuse, remix and redistribute.”

Looking for rubrics for assessment?

Explore RAILS (Rubric Assessment of Information Literacy Skills) for your rubric assessment needs!  RAILS is a repository of rubrics designed for academic librarians and disciplinary faculty to assess information literacy outcomes in higher education.

In addition to the rubrics themselves, there are links to suggested readings to get started using rubrics, relevant assessment and learning outcomes standards, and presentations on using rubrics for IL assessment.

Also take a look at the AAC&U VALUE Rubric for Information Literacy.  According to the website:

VALUE (Valid Assessment of Learning in Undergraduate Education) is a campus-based assessment initiative sponsored by AAC&U as part of its Liberal Education and America’s Promise (LEAP) initiative. VALUE rubrics or scoring guides provide needed tools to assess students’ own authentic work, produced across their diverse learning progressions and institutions, to determine whether and how well students are meeting graduation level achievement in learning outcomes that both employers and faculty consider essential.

Gamifying Library Instruction: A Case Study

The Library Research Round Table (LRRT) of the American Library Association (ALA) recently awarded Eamon Tewell and Katelyn Angell the Jesse H. Shera Award for Distinguished Published Research for the article, “Far from a Trivial Pursuit: Assessing the effectiveness of games in information literacy instruction.” The study finds that students who played online games improved significantly more from pre-test to post-test than students who received a lecture in library instruction.

The games used by Tewell and Angell are openly available: Doing Research (from University of Illinois at Chicago) and Citation Tic Tac Toe (from James Madison University).

CR&L forum on its special issue “Assessment in Action”

Live Thursday, March 24, 2016 – 2pm Central

Length: 60 minutes

Register to receive reminders and information and/or view the forum live on YouTube.

Join us for an author panel discussion on Action Research with authors of articles in the March 2016 College & Research Libraries special issue on the ACRL Assessment in Action (AiA) program.

AiA lead co-facilitator and issue co-editor Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe will introduce the Forum. Brandy Whitlock and Nassim Ebrahimi will speak about their study: “Beyond the Library: Using Multiple, Mixed Measures Simultaneously in a College-Wide Assessment of Information Literacy,” and Phil Jones, Julia Bauder, and Kevin Engel will speak about their research: “Mixed or Complementary Messages: Making the Most of Unexpected Assessment Results.”

Hashtag: #crlassess

Panelists:

Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe: Professor/Coordinator for Information Literacy Services and Instruction, University of Illinois
Julia Bauder: Interim Librarian of the College, Grinnell College
Nassim Ebrahimi: Associate Vice President of Institutional Research, Effectiveness and Planning, Baltimore City Community College
Kevin Engel: Science Librarian, Grinnell College
Phil Jones:  Humanities Librarian and Coordinator of Research Services, Grinnell College
Brandy Whitlock: Professor and Instruction Librarian, Andrew G. Truxal Library, Anne Arundel Community College

The MERLOT Pedagogy Portal

I recently discovered the MERLOT Pedagogy Portal.  MERLOT (Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching) is a program of the California State University, in partnership with higher education institutions, professional societies, and industry.  It’s content is licensed under Creative Commons.

The portal’s content is broken down into 5 categories:

  • Learners and Learning
  • Course Instructional Design
  • Teaching Strategies
  • Teaching Challenges
  • Assessment

I am just beginning to explore this resource, but I am excited by what I have seen so far.