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Instructor College End-of-Semester Instruction Event

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On December 17, 2012, the Instructor College hosted a program in which University of Michigan library instructors could reflect on the past semester. The Instructor College Steering Committee (ICSC) also reported on the activities that it coordinated over the last semester. Fifteen library instructors attended.

Fall 2012 Instructor College Steering Report

The ICSC conducted a survey of its members to determine its priorities over the 2012/2013 academic year. The committee will be working on a program similar to a reading group, a method for library instructors to formally discover ideas about a specific topic over time. The ICSC also hosted a new instructor luncheon with 3 new librarians to discuss the purpose of the Instructor College and how these new instructors could get help with teaching. A committee member met separately with another new librarian about these same topics. Finally, the ICSC could not report on the future of the Michigan Instruction Exchange but have been working to continue this program.

Fall 2012 Reflection Activities

Getting To Know You …

The event included a formal mixing activity.  Library instructors were given an index card with one of the following questions on it.

  • What are some of the ways you’ve worked with faculty this semester to integrate the library into their courses?
  • What do you see as the biggest instructional need of your target audience this semester?
  • How do you see library instruction changing in the next two years?
  • What is your favorite instruction “trick” (strategy, exercise, example, etc.), and why?
  • How do you develop rapport with students?
  • How do you start your instruction session in a way that acknowledges the students’ prior knowledge but also shows them that they need to learn more?

Librarians then found partners and asked each other the questions on their cards. After they finished answering the questions, they exchanged cards to get a new question and then found a new partner. After the activity, the whole group discussed some of the ideas that came out of this process. These thoughts included

  • Making connections with students prior to the session is important for a successful class.
  • Any “flipping” idea, including requiring one-on-one sessions with the librarian or the assignment of an instruction video prior to class, is more successful if the student can receive course credit.
  • Some librarians thought that the physical classroom setting did not always have an impact. Others had strong preferences for specific spaces and equipment. Most of all, flexibility from the librarians, students and faculty members were key in this area.
Fall 2012 Plus/Wish Activity

In the third part of the program, attendees chose small groups and then wrote down what worked well in their instruction and what they wished they would have done throughout the semester. They shared these reflections with the small group and then with the entire group. Some of their thoughts included

  • Sometimes there is miscommunication about the types of students that you will be teaching. You have to get over that as soon as possible and adapt your lesson quickly.
  • Many library instructors wished they could do more pre-assessment.
  • The complexity of information literacy makes one shot teaching difficult to complete comprehensively. Everything is so contextual it is hard to convey this complexity because each information need is different.
  • An instructor used Poll Everywhere successfully this semester.
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December 21, 2012 at 2:09 pm

Introducing the 2012/2013 Instructor College Steering Committee

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We would like to introduce to you the members of the 2012/2013 Instructor College Steering Committee

 Paul Grochowski

Paul Grochowski

I’m pleased to serve with the Instructor College Steering Committee. In my seven years of library instruction, I’ve found Instructor College events and initiatives like Lesson Study to be great opportunities to learn from and share with my colleagues. I hope to add to this year’s programming from my perspective of library instruction in the College of Engineering.

Ellen Wilson

Ellen Mueller

As a recent newcomer to the library, engaging in the many ways librarians reach out to our community is something I hope to learn from. An integral part of successful instruction is the resources our librarians source to broaden their skills and further strengthen their professional growth. Along with my colleagues in the Instructor College, I look forward to developing programs and creating resources to promote their instructional abilities.

Angie Oehrli

Angie Oehrli, Chair

As a former high school and middle school social studies/English teacher, I am really interested in the instructional efforts here at UM. I think it’s really important that we educate students to be information-literate citizens. I look forward to working with librarians during the coming year in the Instructor College.

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Diana Perpich

I am honored to be a member of the Instructor College Steering Committee. I look forward to working with a group of colleagues that is as curious and passionate about best practices in the art of instruction as they are about the sciences of collection management, key-word searching, circulation services, etc.. Some of my favorite classroom moments are the ones when instructor becomes student and I learn something — usually from a student– about whatever I’m teaching or, better yet, about myself.

I also very much enjoy the epiphany moments when lightning strikes and the power of possibilities lights up someone’s face.

Whitney Townsend

Whitney Townsend

I am excited to return to the Instructor College Steering Committee this year. In my position as a liaison services librarian at the Taubman Health Sciences Library I share primary instruction responsibilities in medical education as well as teaching sessions for my assigned departments in the Health System. I am looking forward to sharing my experience and excitement for teaching with this year’s Instructor College!

 Jungwon

Jungwon Yang

In July 2012, I joined University of Michigan Library as International Government Information and Public Policy Librarian. I am interested in developing instruction resources and strategies which will help library instructors to effectively interact with various types of students and researchers. I believe that working on the Instructor College Steering Committee will be a great chance to learn about library instruction.

We look forward to crafting meaningful programs and services to support instructors in the UM Libraries. Please feel free to share your ideas here on the blog or contact us.

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September 30, 2012 at 2:08 pm

MIX Conference in 2012

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MIX logoOn August 10, 2012, Instructor College hosted Michigan Instruction Exchange (MIX) conference. This conference was open to all academic library instructors in the state of Michigan. Its main topic was how library instructors could successfully help college students to get better at academic research in an increasingly diverse and overwhelming information environment. 139 librarians from all over the state of Michigan participated in this one-day conference.

This event consisted of four parts: keynote talk, panel discussion with faculty and library instructors, library instruction lightning talks, and networking with colleagues.

 

Keynote

First, the keynote talk was given by Susan Gilroy, Librarian for Undergraduate Program for Writing, Widener LIbrary of Harvard College. Susan introduced how librarians of Harvard College Library tried to help new undergraduate students to achieve a significant level of information literacy and critical thinking.

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Harvard College Library was participating in Project of Information Literacy (http://projectinfolit.org/), which was a national study on early adults and their information-seeking behaviors, competencies, and the challenges they faced when conducting research in the digital age. In this project, librarians of Harvard College Library learned that their undergraduates often had little clue how to conduct research. For example, when they received an assignment, they tended to think about simply what their instructor wanted from it rather than what was its rationale. To promote critical thinking, Harvard College Library developed a website called “A Library Starter Kit for Harvard Freshmen” (http://hcl.harvard.edu/research/toolkit/). Librarians used it to help new college students explore and learn about library materials and to guide them to properly conduct research.

As you undertake these first projects, remember that good researchers are made, not born. Through trial and error, given sufficient opportunities to practice, and with a bit of coaching, you acquire these skill sets, work habits, and intellectual behaviors.  But you’ll do so only over time.  One research experience, one library session, one year at Harvard won’t teach you everything you need to know to move effortlessly in the library’s research environment, and even after four years here, you may end up using just a fraction of the collections that have taken us nearly four centuries to build.  (From A Library Starter Kit for Harvard Freshmen website)

 Susan’s Keynote talk is available here.

Speed Networking

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Photo courtesy of Paul Barrow

 After the keynote presentation, all participants were divided into three groups to participate in a high speed networking session. ICSC task force distributed several questions (e.g. What do you see as the biggest instruction need of your targeted audience? What is your favorite instruction “trick” strategy? etc.) to participants in order to facilitate discussion and help them share their own instruction experiences with each other.

Lightning Talks

We had eight presenters for lightning talks. Presenters offered creative and interesting ideas regarding library instruction, engagement with students and faculty, and the promotion of critical thinking.  Here are some tips from their presentations:

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    Randal Baier
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    Librarians can contribute to improve student engagement by becoming leaders and active participants in faculty development programs or teaching and learning center. (Randal Baier, Media and Arts Librarian, Eastern Michigan University)

  • Applying new technology or instruction methods is no easy task. Rather than giving up when something does not work at the first time, try to use IOR (Implement, Observe and Reflect), i.e., to implement new techniques, observe how they go, and reflect on your observations. (Suzanne Bernstein, Web service Librarian,  Lansing Community College Library)

  • To promote students’ critical thinking and to teach them how to properly conduct research, collaboration between librarians and faculty is vital. (Stephanie Delano Davis, Information Literacy Librarian, Northwestern Michigan College)

  • Metadata of catalog record, Google Translate, Wikipedia, and WorldCat can be some good tools to understand content of non-english resources. (Karen Liston, Librarian III and Liaison ‘for less commonly taught languages, ESL & Int’l Students’, Wayne State University)

  • Peer tutor library service can provide authority-free environment when college students conduct a research. (Mary O’Kelly, Head of Instructional Services, Grand Valley State University)

  • Group project-oriented assignments is a useful method to improve student information literacy because it allows students to see the information in context, makes them understand the limitation of their own abilities, and have them open to new research approaches. (Marcus Richter & Steve Vest, Technical Services Librarian & Reference Librarian, Alma College)

  • Assigning group projects and using free software are some of good strategies to improve interactivity in online instruction session. (Bath walker, Director of Libraries, College for Creative Studies)

Video of Lightning Talk is available here

Faculty/Librarian Panel Talk

Leena Lalwani (Coordinator for Arts & Engineering Collection at the Art, Architecture and Engineering Library (AAEL), UM), Johannes Schwank (Professor of Chemical Engineering, UM), Amana Peters (Learning Communities Librarian, UM), and Joe Horton (Lecturer in the English Department Writing Program, UM) discussed active learning, and Scott Dennis (Humanities Librarian and Coordinator of Core Electronic Resources, UM) moderated this discussion.

Professor Schwank and Ms. Lalwani talked about how they collaborated to help students of engineering to complete practical group project, which was one of assignments in Professor Schwank’s class. Joe Horton and Amanda Peters explained how a undergraduate instruction librarian team of University of Michigan worked together with faculty in promoting active learning among new undergraduate students. They also talked about the usefulness of CTools as a communication tool  among faculty, librarians and students, a librarian’s role in a literature review stage, and the assessment of library instruction.

Video of panel discussion is available here.

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August 31, 2012 at 2:06 pm

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Introducing the 2011-2012 Instructor College Steering Committee

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We would like to introduce to you the members of the 2011/2012 Instructor College Steering Committee

Beau Case

Beau Case

The first instruction session I taught was for the old, blue-screen, ASCII, dot-command-driven Lexis-Nexis in 1992. The class was packed–with faculty! Since then I mostly have taught BI to undergraduate and graduate students in the arts, humanities, and area studies. In 1998, I took my BI skills overseas, teaching in the Republic of Moldova. Despite this broad and long experience, I am still learning–learning how to be a better instructor and learning from my colleagues. This is why I am proud to be a part of Instructor College.

Sigrid Cordell

Sigrid Cordell

Helping students and faculty navigate the rich (but sometimes overwhelming) resources that are available is one of my favorite parts of librarianship. At the same time, one of the challenges can be pitching a set of research strategies to a classroom full of researchers working on wildly varying projects. Before coming to the library, I spent many years teaching literature and composition; as a new librarian, I am excited to be part of Instructor College and to have the opportunity to work closely with other librarians who are engaged in instruction across campus.

Paul Grochowski

Paul Grochowski

I’m pleased to serve with the Instructor College Steering Committee. In my seven years of library instruction, I’ve found Instructor College events and initiatives like Lesson Study to be great opportunities to learn from and share with my colleagues. I hope to add to this year’s programming from my perspective of library instruction in the College of Engineering.

Angie Oehrli

Angie Oehrli, Chair

As a former high school and middle school social studies/English teacher, I am really interested in the instructional efforts here at UM. I think it’s really important that we educate students to be information-literate citizens. I look forward to working with librarians during the coming year in the Instructor College.

Laurie Sutch

Laurie Sutch

One of my favorite aspects of being an instructor is interacting with so many different people. People come in at a variety levels and with so many different needs that it is engaging for me to try to meet as many needs as possible – it keeps those workshops I do over and over and over again more interesting!

Whitney Townsend

Whitney Townsend

I am excited to return to the Instructor College Steering Committee this year. In my position as a liaison services librarian at the Taubman Health Sciences Library I share primary instruction responsibilities in medical education as well as teaching sessions for my assigned departments in the Health System. I am looking forward to sharing my experience and excitement for teaching with this year’s Instructor College!

Ataul Usman

Ataul Usman

I joined Library HR in February 2010. I come to the Library from the Human Resources office at the UM-Dearborn campus, where I have served as an HR Administration Supervisor, providing training, recruitment guidance, benefits administration and support for the M-Pathways HR management system to unit HR representatives across the Dearborn campus. I am responsible for the day-to-day administration of policies and programs covering Library staff recruitment and appointment activities, as well as administration of our staff orientation and development program.

Ellen Wilson

Ellen Wilson

As a recent newcomer to the library, engaging in the many ways librarians reach out to our community is something I hope to learn from. An integral part of successful instruction is the resources our librarians source to broaden their skills and further strengthen their professional growth. Along with my colleagues in the Instructor College, I look forward to developing programs and creating resources to promote their instructional abilities.

We look forward to crafting meaningful programs and services to support instructors in the UM Libraries. Please feel free to share your ideas here on the blog or contact us.

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November 2, 2011 at 3:47 pm

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Introducing the 2010 Instructor College Steering Committee

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As a new academic year gets underway, we would like to introduce to you the members of the 2010 Instructor College Steering Committee:

Darlene Nichols

Darlene Nichols, Chair

“I have been a library instructor for 25 years and still enjoy the thrill of standing in front of a class and engaging them in the information hunt. I find those “ah-ha” moments, great and small, that students experience when they learn how to find what they need to be the most rewarding part of teaching. Instructor College is an important way for library staff to share knowledge and experience and to continue to develop instructional skills, whether first time instructors or 25+-year veterans.”

Angie Oehrli

Angie Oehrli, Vice-Chair

“As a former high school and middle school teacher, I am really interested in teaching and the types of instruction that librarians do. I think it’s really important that we educate students to be information-literate citizens. I look forward to working with librarians during the coming year in the Instructor College.”

Mark McEachern

Mark McEachern

“Hello! I’m excited to be involved in Instructor College again, for a second year. As a librarian in the health sciences, I’m primarily involved in graduate education. I regularly teach medical, dental, and pharmacy students, including residents and fellows — plus faculty, both research and clinical. Teaching such a diverse range of users keeps instruction fresh, and keeps me loving the instruction I’m doing. …I’ll try to bring some of that to the Instructor College and its programming.”

Julie Piacentine

Julie Piacentine

“Teaching is one of the most rewarding aspects of my work as a librarian.  I value the opportunity to help students develop as scholars and citizens.  As a new librarian and a new instructor, I am motivated and challenged to constantly improve my instructional skills.  The Instructor College has consistently provided me with programming and resources to serve that end.  I hope to bring the perspective of a new librarian to the Instructor College Steering Committee and to contribute to the support of library instructors at UM.”

Laurie Sutch

Laurie Sutch

“One of my favorite aspects of being an instructor is interacting with so many different people. People come in at a variety levels and with so many different needs that it is engaging for me to try to meet as many needs as possible – it keeps those workshops I do over and over and over again more interesting!”

Harold Tuckett

Harold Tuckett

“I have been providing library instruction for users since 1981, both here at UM and for 5 years at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. I have taught hundreds of instructional sessions and workshops for students, faculty, and staff,  have developed and taught research methods courses, and was for ten years an adjunct instructor in the Graduate School of Information at UM. I have authored a variety of articles and conference presentations, and my 1984 article “Learning Theory and the Self-reliant Library User”, co-authored with Carla Stoffle, won the ALA-RUSA Reference Service Press Award in 1986 as “the most outstanding article published in RQ/RUSQ during the preceding two-volume year”. My  areas of particular interest include pedagogy and learning theory, and the application of active learning techniques in instructional sessions. When not engaged in increasing the information literacy of undergraduates, I am active in my church, and am a fan of baseball, hockey, movies, and jazz.”

Ataul Usman

Ataul Usman

“I joined Library HR in February 2010. I come to the Library from the Human Resources office at the UM-Dearborn campus, where I have served as an HR Administration Supervisor, providing training, recruitment guidance, benefits administration and support for the M-Pathways HR management system to unit HR representatives across the Dearborn campus. I am responsible for the day-to-day administration of policies and programs covering Library staff recruitment and appointment activities, as well as administration of our staff orientation and development program.”

We look forward to crafting meaningful programs and services to support instructors in the UM Libraries.  Please feel free to share your ideas here on the blog or contact us.

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August 18, 2010 at 11:48 am

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