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Discussion What does "Instructional Design" mean at your library?

by Lauren Pressley on Tue, Nov 10, 2009 at 01:21 pm

From the few Instructional Design Librarians I've met, it seems we all do very different jobs.... I thought it might be fun/interesting/useful to share what it means at our institutions. To get the ball rolling, here's what I do:

From the few Instructional Design Librarians I've met, it seems we all do very different jobs.... I thought it might be fun/interesting/useful to share what it means at our institutions. To get the ball rolling, here's what I do:

  • Teaching (library): I work with librarians on teaching related issues. I either teach or facilitate a weekly workshop on learning theories/pedagogy/active learning/etc for all interested library staff, I develop activities for librarians to use when teaching, and I'll consult with librarians one-on-one about the design of their library instruction session or credit class. I also try to infuse any reference/educational service we have with ID principles. I rarely make a tutorial, but rather create a framework of guidelines for those who do.
  • Teaching (faculty): I work with faculty who are interested in using teachnology (library provided or otherwise) into their classes. This varies from teaching their class how to use the tool they've selected in the way they've chosen to working iwth a faculty member to adapt assignments to make use of a relevant tool and integrate it into their class. Sometimes I teach workshops to faculty to market this service. I work with any faculty member who has any interest in pedagogy, instructional design, educational technology, etc, who comes to me.
  • Teaching (students): I teach a one credit information literacy class at least once a semester. Lately it's been twice. Right now I have a new librarian shadowing me to learn his way around in the classroom, too. I also teach library instruction sessions for my subject areas or those that are technology related.
  • Technology: I report through our technology team, and try to integrate ID into new services here. I also pay attention to emerging technologies to know what the world of options for instruction are. I try to teach monthly emerging technology sessions to faculty and library staff on whatever I'm finding.
  • Committee work: I serve on a lot of committees, much of which is related to the above work. Library assessment, library website, I chair library staff development, college strategic planning committee on innovation in technology and information, college portfolio taskforce, university's gmail tranistion team (for training purposes), etc.
  • Other duties: I liaise with philosophy, women's and gender studies, and the teaching and learning center. I do a few hours at the reference desk a week. Lots of little things pop up around these issues.

Sound like what you do?

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Discussion ACRL/STS Science Information Literacy Wiki

by Jill Newby (non-member) on Fri, Oct 30, 2009 at 12:14 pm

The Science Information Literacy Wiki (http://wikiw.ala.org/acrl/index.php/Science_Information_Literacy) was created by the ACRL-STS Information Literacy Committee as a resource to aid librarians in information literacy instruction in the sciences. It is a tool that provides science-specific teaching and assessment ideas, science information literacy tutorials, and a literature review of information literacy in the sciences.

The Science Information Literacy Wiki (http://wikiw.ala.org/acrl/index.php/Science_Information_Literacy) was created by the ACRL-STS Information Literacy Committee as a resource to aid librarians in information literacy instruction in the sciences. It is a tool that provides science-specific teaching and assessment ideas, science information literacy tutorials, and a literature review of information literacy in the sciences.

But the wiki was created as a dynamic tool and we look to our colleagues to help drive the content. You are invited to review and contribute to the Science Information Literacy Wiki in order to help make this resource more robust and continue our vision as a forum and resource for science information literacy discussions.

There are two ways to contribute:

Comments or questions about the wiki may be directed to committee co-chairs Elizabeth Berman (elizabeth.berman@uvm.edu) or Roxanne Bogucka (roxanne.bogucka@austin.utexas.edu).

Please visit and share your successes and best practices with our community. We look forward to your contributions!

—ACRL Science and Technology Information Literacy Committee

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