ACRL EBSS (Education and Behavioral Sciences Section) Section
Dear EBSS Colleagues:
Please join us for the online EBSS Current Topics Discussion “Assessing Pre-Service Teachers’ Information Literacy Skills” on December 17.
Date: Wednesday, December 17
Time: 3:00-4:00 p.m. Central
Access at: https://acrl.webex.com/acrl/onstage/g.php?MTID=ed0fd4515f6a2b4ed2ead51cf02e31c9e
(Note that the session will be recorded and shared later with the list.)
Topic: Assessing Pre-Service Teachers’ Information Literacy Skills
· Rachel Wadham, Education and Juvenile Collections Librarian, Brigham Young University
· Suzanne Julian, Information Literacy Librarian, Brigham Young University
· Jennifer Wimmer, Faculty, Teacher Education, Brigham Young University
Today information literacy is critical especially for students as they prepare to enter professional careers. For a program that prepares classroom teachers, tying information literacy instruction to professional preparation is critical. This presentation will discuss the findings and outcomes of a project done in the Harold B. Lee Library at Brigham Young University to determine how to tie information literacy to the professional curriculum. In the many information literacy studies, few have connected the assessment of skills to program improvements. This study sought to fill that gap by first assessing students’ skill levels and then using this data to direct changes in coursework, structures, instruction, and pedagogy within the School of Education and Harold B. Lee Library. This cross disciplinary study, conducted by experts in the library and from the School of Education, used the iSkills assessment, an outcomes-based assessment that measures students’ ability to think critically in a digital environment through a range of real-world tasks (ets.org/iskills). The data gathered from this test and from subsequent focus groups yielded important information about current student’s abilities that will allow Brigham Young University’s School of Education to determine what learning outcomes can be improved to help increase information literacy. The presenters will discuss the accuracy and usability of the iSkills test in assessing the information literacy of students studying to become teachers at Brigham Young University. Second, describe what the assessment revealed about the skill level and deficiencies of these students. Third, describe how based upon the data collected, learning outcomes, coursework, and pedagogy designed to improve information literacy is being imbedded in instruction in the School of Education and Harold B. Lee Library.
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If you have any questions, contact your EBSS Members-at-Large Jennifer Harvey (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Mary Feeney (email@example.com). We hope you will join us for this interesting presentation and discusssion!
Hi EBSSers, and apologies in advance for duplication and a long email!
Amazingly, we're only a little over a month away. I wanted to send out some information about EBSS activities at the conference, so folks can start putting together their schedules.
First, as usual, the majority of our committees meet at our consolidated meeting on Saturday morning. Here is a basic outline for that meeting:
- All-Committees Meeting.
Sat June 28, 08:30 to 11:30am: LVH-Pavilion 11
This meeting is broken down as follows, unless your committee arranges differently:
- 8:30-9:00: New leaders Orientation (for folks who will be new committee chairs for 2014-2015)
- 9:00-9:15: Break and breakfast - EBSS will have light breakfast snacks (but bring your own coffee!)
- 9:15-10:45: Welcome and then committee meetings
- 10:45-11:15: Reporting out and wrap up
A few committees meet outside of the consolidated meeting. (If you don't see your Committee listed below, that means you are at the consolidated meeting above):
- Education Research Libraries Forum.
Friday June 27, 02:30 to 04:00 pm: BALLY-Bronze 1
- Curriculum Materials Committee.
Sunday June 29, 08:30 to 10:00 am: LVCC-N230
- Social Work/Social Welfare Committee Meeting.
Sunday June 29, 08:30 to 10:00 am: LVCC-N238
- Conference Program Planning - San Francisco 2015 Committee Meeting.
Sunday June 29, 10:30 to 11:30 am: LVCC-N223
And two EBSS committee meetings for the Executive committee and the Advisory Committee (Exec+current chairs of the EBSS Committees):
- Advisory Council.
Sunday June 29, 03:00 to 04:00 pm: BALLY-Palace 1
- Executive Committee Meeting.
Monday June 30, 08:30 to 10:00 am: LVCC-N221
EVENTS and PROGRAMS
Tthere are lots of great events and programs sponsored by EBSS:
- EBSS Social at The Pub at Monte Carlo
Friday, June 27 from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm.
- EBSS Program:"Supporting Community Transformation: Becoming a Community-Engaged Academic Library."
Saturday June 28, 01:00 to 02:30 pm: LVCC-S229
- Research Committee Poster Forum.
Saturday June 28, 03:00 to 04:00 pm: LVCC-S220
- ERIC Presentation.
Sunday June 29, 01:00 to 02:30 pm: PARIS-Burgundy
EBSS MEMBERS' PRESENTATIONS, PROGRAMS, ETC.
A sampling of great presentations from our incredibly active community.
- Samantha Godbey invites EBSS members to:
“UNLV Libraries Transformed: Open House”
Friday, June 27, 7:30 am to 7:00 pm
Register at http://guides.library.unlv.edu/content.php?pid=566570&sid=4717893
- Jennifer Fabbi/Lesley Farmer will present on:
“Common Core State Standards and General Education: Information Literacy Connects the Dots”
Saturday, June 28, 1:00 to 2:30 pm: LVCC-N253
- Mona Anne Niedbala will give a poster entitled:
''Tailor it to their needs and they will come: Designing information literacy instruction for large class settings''
Saturday, June 28, 2:30 to 4:00 pm: LVCC, Exhibit Hall, Table 4
- Rachel Wadham will give a poster entitled:
"So You Think You are Information Literate?: Assessing Pre-Service Teachers Information Literacy Skills"
Saturday, June 28, 2:30 to 4:00 pm: LVCC, Exhibit Hall, Table 17
- Lesley Farmer will give an poster for WGSS on:
“Technology Impact on New Adult Behavior about Health Information: Focus on Gender Issues"
Saturday, 6/28 at 4:00 to 5:00 pm: LVCC-N115
- Joyce Garczynski will present on:
“Are You Taking a Gamble on Your Academic Library Career by Having a Baby (or Two)?” a session that explores what the research says about the impact of having children on an individual’s academic library career.
Monday, June 30, 10:30 to 11:30 am: LVCC-N258
- Anne Driscoll, Cynthia Crosser, Karen Downing, Qunying Li, Robyn Reid will present an Ignite Monday session on:
Monday, June 30, from 11:30 am to 12:00 noon: LVCC-N239/241
Hope to see you at these great sessions!
Social Sciences Collections Coordinator
Librarian for Education and Linguistics
Collections and Research Services
Bobst Library, New York University
Attention New Leaders for 2013-14:
Below are the New Leader PowerPoints that will walk you through who our EBSS Executive Committee leaders are for the upcoming 2013-14 year as well as provide you with a general overview of important committee chair responsibilities and calendar deadlines. If you are a new leader moving onto the Executive Committee, or as a Section Chair or Co-Chair, please review these presentations beforehand and attend our New Leader Orientation Meeting on Saturday, June 29 at 8:00 am at the Hyatt Regency Chicago Grand B (where Consolidated is meeting). Even if you are in a continuing leadership position or part of a committee, you may find these PowerPoints helpful so feel free to view.
There is audio along with the PowerPoints and, together, the three presentations take a total of 12-13 minutes to view.
For the New Leader Orientation meeting, come prepared with questions to ask as a result of viewing these informational presentations.
EBSS Current Topics Discussion #1 -- Measuring Impact Across the Disciplines: Tools and Strategies for Supporting Facultyby Alex Hodges on Thu, Dec 13, 2012 at 03:08 pm
EBSS Members-at-Large Kate Zoellner and Alex Hodges hosted the first EBSS Current Topics Discussion of the 2012-2013 ALA year on Thursday, 12/6/2012, 2:00pm - 3:00pm Central Time via Adobe Connect. ACRL members Susan Ariew (University of South Florida-Tampa), Robin Chin Roemer and Rachel Borchardt (both American University, Washington, DC) facilitated the discussion. Attached/or below are the discussion facilitators' Powerpoint (a PDF inclusive of the speakers' works cited and additional resources lists) and a link to the recorded audio/visual of the discussion.
Link to audio/visual of the recorded discussion:
Date: Thurs, 12/6/2012, 2:00pm - 3:00pm Central Time (Early login for tech setup and troubleshooting is suggested; the earliest login starts at 1:40pm CT, which is 20 minutes before the live discussion begins at 2:00pm CT.)
Topic: Measuring Impact Across the Disciplines: Tools and Strategies for Supporting Faculty
Facilitators: Susan Ariew (University of South Florida-Tampa), Robin Chin Roemer and Rachel Borchardt (both American University, DC)
Discussion focus: As librarians, how do we help our teaching faculty colleagues understand and assess their scholarly impact? Our panelists defined impact and outline the challenges of measuring scholarly impact in education and the behavioral social sciences, as well as in broader subjects in the sciences and humanities. The session covered traditional tools for measuring citation and journal impact such as ISI, the Journal Citation Reports and Scopus, along with more recently accepted alternatives such as journal acceptance rates, WorldCat holdings, indexing, and h-index via downloadable tools such as Publish or Perish. Additionally, we discussed the growing value of cutting edge online "altmetrics" tools and trends, with comments encouraged by all audience members.
Here is an announcement and agenda for the Annual Conference EBSS Advisory Council meeting, Monday, July 2 at 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm Eastern Time, being held virtually. An iLinc URL will be forthcoming. Please note that this meeting is open to public.
EBSS Advisory Council
Annual Conference Meeting Agenda
Monday, July 2 3:00 pm EST - 4:00 pm EST
II. Approval of Agenda
III. Brief Announcements
IV. Discussion items – from ACRL Leadership Council that Section Chair attended:
1) Changes in Annual 2013 Schedule for EBSS meetings, consolidated meetings, and programs. Here is a draft document of conference changes: “Annual Conference 2013: Change Roadmap” http://connect.ala.org/node/178761
2) ACRL’s Communities of Practice Discussion. Read the “ACRL Communities of Practice Implementation Task Force FAQ - June 2012” at:
http://connect.ala.org/files/72884/Leadership%20Council%202012%20compilation.pdf (page 8 within Adobe Acrobat)
V. Officer Reports
b. Membership and Orientation
c. Publications and Communications
d. Web Manager
e. Listserv Moderator
f. Newsletter Editor
VI. New Business