Continuing the effort to introduce people who are involved with information literacy and instruction in the University Library, I asked the Information Literacy Services and Instruction Graduate Assistant to introduce herself on this blog. I'll only add that our information literacy programs wouldn't be nearly so robust without the great skills and enthusiasm Melissa brings to her position! Lisa
Hello! My name is Melissa Bowles-Terry and I’m the Information Literacy Services and Instruction graduate assistant. Some of projects I’m currently working on are pretty exciting. The big one that I’m spending time on these days is a usability study of library video tutorials at University of Illinois. Last year as a graduate assistant in Central Reference I created several brief video tutorials on the basics of using the library. This fall, along with other members of the Information Literacy team, I’m testing the tutorials to see if a) users can find them and b) they effectively guide users through different library and research tasks. It’s rewarding to be able to rigorously assess the tutorials that I spent so much time on last year and to identify ways to improve access and usability. As the Info Lit GA, I’ve also taught quite a few library workshops, including Tools to Stay Current in Your Research, Drowning in Data? RefWorks Can Help, How to Be A Better RA/TA, and Research Your Way Past Writer’s Block. That last workshop, Research Your Way Past Writer’s Block, is a workshop that Merinda Hensley and I developed especially for thesis and dissertation writers and we just started offering it this semester. So far, it seems like a big hit! This graduate assistantship has been a great pre-professional experience for me so far and I get to work with some fantastic librarians.