December 11, 2000 Meeting
User Education Committee
University of Illinois Library
December 11, 2000
- Elizabeth Clarage
- Lori DuBois
- Frances Harris
- Chris Quinn
- Sarah Reisinger
- Lynne Rudasill
- Sue Searing
- Julie Veazie
- Jane Wiles
CORRECTIONS from minutes of 11-13-00 meeting
- Lori DuBois was present
- change in wording: Instruction in units will be reviewed by looking through the annual reports
on the web site.
MEETINGS FOR JANUARY
Workshop with OIR
Sarah is coordinating a workshop on Effective Teaching Strategies to be presented by the Office
of Instructional Resources on December 12 from 10-12 pm in room 428 Armory. There are currently 18
people signed up. Several more from the committee will also be attending.
Lynne Rudasill wrote two preliminary mission statements. Committee members discussed the
statements and made several changes. Lynne will make these corrections and send a copy to committee
Also, a User Education Committee member should make a presentation to a Faculty Meeting about
the User Education Committee. The presentation should include a statement of what we do, our
vision, activities we have organized, and a presentation of the mission statement. A decision was
made to be prepared to do this at the March 20001 Faculty Meeting.
Lori DuBois would like input from the Committee about the types of statistical information they
would like to see regarding the Research Workshops in the Undergraduate Library. She presented each
member with a packet of summary statistical information about the workshops. Additional points of
- Two Article Databases and one Web Evaluation Workshops were added during the term.
- Attendance was down for the Web Online Catalog Workshop and up for the Article Databases
- 21 instructors contacted Lori to require or suggest workshops for their students.
- 7 different classes contacted Lori.
- Two new workshops were offered: Government Information and Inter-Library Borrowing. The
attendance for both was disappointing.
- Change the titles of the workshops
- Access the graduate students through the departmental libraries. Would the Division
coordinators like to offer specific workshops during open slots? Lynne Rudasill will mention these
possibilities at the Social Science Division meeting.
- Add statistics workshop. Lynne Rudasill would be willing to do a statistics workshop.
- Sue Searing suggested the idea of "Four Warm Bodies" workshops which would be offered to any
students/faculty who can get four people together who want to have a workshop on the same topic.
(This idea originated with a candidate for Commerce Librarian.)
Julie Veazie put together a summary of the results of the survey of libraries which Sue Searing
and Elizabeth Clarage created about the definitions libraries use in reporting statistics on
instructional sessions and attendance. The results indicate we should have a clear definition of
instructional sessions which would not include extended reference encounters with user education.
Julie will update the report to include comments from the reporters and will mail a copy to all
Frances Harris reported on her survey of library annual reports for 1999-2000. She noted that
there is a problem in the way people are told to do the statistics which leads to missing
information and possible undercounting. Some libraries stretched the term instructor. This would be
a good time to take this problem to the faculty. Budgets and mapping unit plans to the Library
strategic plan could be affected by these reports. The user education information could be placed
in the optional section of the report.
- To present the User Education Committee Vision and Mission Statement at a Faculty Meeting.
- To follow up on contacts with OIR initiated by Cindy Ashwill in the Development Office: OIR
does TA training for the Spring on January 8-9 for International TAs and on January 10-12 for other
TAs. They have offered to put our handouts at the registration tables. Also, we could do an
advanced training session designed to educate the TAs about the library resources and services
specific to their subject. The Development Office could advertise these sessions, and OIR could
offer the TAs credit hours towards their certificate.
- To contact 'I Guide' trainers through the admissions office: Lynne Rudasill will contact the
Admissions office to offer our involvement with the training of these guides so the information
about the libraries is correct and up to date.
- To present information to the Graduate Student Advisory Council: Sue Searing and Sarah
Reisinger volunteered to go to the April 12 meeting of the Graduate Student Advisory Council to
present information about Library user education and to answer questions.
- Minutes from the User Education Committee Meetings and Notes from the User Education Luncheon
Discussions will be posted on the User Education Committee web site.
- Sue Searing and Beth Woodard will be exploring the possibility of the Library and GSLIS working
jointly to design a Teaching Academy. This cooperative work would benefit both groups.
- An Ad Hoc group is looking at ways to teach students to evaluate information on the web. This
would be across curriculums and would cover external as well as internal issues. The goal would be
to get a grant to fund the research. Sue and Paula Kaufman are involved.