February 12, 2001 Meeting
User Education Committee
University of Illinois Library
February 12, 2001
- Sue Searing (chair)
- Elizabeth Clarage
- Lori DuBois
- Frances Jacobson Harris
- Chris Quinn
- Sarah Reisinger
- Lynne Rudasill
- Sue Searing
- Julie Veazie
Corrections were made to the January 22, 2001 minutes.da.
Plan for presentation by User Ed Committee at the Library Faculty Meeting
The User Education Committee is on the agenda for 3/23/01. We assumed we will have 20 minutes or
more. Neither Sarah Reisinger nor Elizabeth Clarage will be able to attend. As chair, Sue would
make the presentation and call on members as needed for specific discussion or detail. We will take
handouts of the mission statements, and possibly overheads.
Outcome A: What we want to accomplish
- According to the by laws of the Library, committees should report annually to the Faculty
Committee. This would be our annual presentation.
- Opportunity for the faculty to discuss the User Education Coordinator position.
Outcome B: Presentation would include
- Mission statements of the Library and user education at UIUC
- Goals of user education at UIUC
- Charge of the User Education Committee
- Activities accomplished in the last year
- 5) Discussion of coordinator position-Strategy would be to ask faculty how this person could
We will try to get feedback on the Mission statement before the presentation. Sue will send note
on LIBNEWS-L. Julie will review the minutes for a preliminary draft of accomplishments from Jan
Themes or Goals of User Education at UIUC
There was a lengthy discussion and development of goals for user education. The following is a
list of these themes or goals:
- Professional development and training of faculty and staff who provide instruction.
- Standardization of statistics and reporting.
- Centralization of some functions (web site).
- Finding new ways to reach out to users.
- Getting more people involved in central workshops (including Gas and staff).
- Monitor, evaluate, support and serve as a sounding board for workshops, handouts etc.
- Use lunch discussions to act as a sounding board.
- Deepen education beyond workshops by being a liaison with the teaching faculty
- Support achieving transferable skills and critical thinking which leads to lifelong
User Education Coordinator Position
There was a discussion of the User Education Coordinator Position and some of the
responsibilities that would be part of his/her job. Sue S. will use the following list and other
materials on user education coordinators and will put together a very rough draft of the User
Education Coordinator position.
The following is a list of responsibilities
- Maintain the Frequently Asked Questions on the 'Learn to Use the Library' site.
- Be liaison to Reference regarding information and to Development Office regarding
- Move forward on a wired classroom
- Support libraries in course instruction and be a liaison with teaching librarians. This would
include: -modeling curriculum -providing tools (e.g. scripts) -consulting (be a little OIR)
-suggestions for working with faculty (asking the right questions)
- Be a resource person
- Be a high level liaison in external focus on campus
- Promote user education
Review of 'Learn to Use the Library" site
Lori DuBois and the Systems Office are currently the only ones with access to make changes on
these pages. There was discussion that Development and Public Affairs Office should take over
responsibility for some of these pages because they are not strictly user education information.
Lori may arrange for Julie to have access to the sites so she can make some of the simple changes.
The Committee reviewed the following pages from the Orientation link: History and Organization. Sue
handed out some proposed changes for the Glossary page. We will continue reviewing additional pages
at the next User Education Committee meeting.
Sarah passed out the summary of the feedback forms from the Teaching Effectiveness Workshop in
December. She also reported that Dean Papajohn will teach the same workshop in April. OIR staff is
willing to observe course integrated workshops and give feedback. She asked committee members to
check their schedules and let her know dates and times your workshop could be observed. She will
Active Learning Seminar Report: Due to lack of time, this report was deferred.
- Sue Searing will send e-mail to LIBNEWS-L the week before the faculty meeting to get faculty to
think and send feedback about the user education mission statement.
- Julie will review minutes of User Education Committee meetings and develop a preliminary list
of accomplishments for the User Education Committee from January 2000-present.
- Committee members who want to be observed should send dates and times of possible workshops for
observation to Sarah Reisinger.
- Sue Searing will discuss with Cindy Ashwill from the Development Office the following:
- publicity for integrated system
- outreach publicity for National Library Week
- responsibility of web page information and maintenance.