October 8, 2001 Meeting
User Education Committee
University of Illinois Library
October 8, 2001
- Sue Searing (Chair)
- Linda Ackerson
- Cindy Ashwill
- Bob Burger
- Lori DuBois
- Frances Jacobson Harris
- Karen Hogenboom
- Lynne Rudasill
- Sarah Reisinger
- Julia Spann (GA)
- Jane Wiles
- Paul Callister
- Christopher Quinn
Sue called the meeting to order at 9:00am by asking for any revisions to the minutes or the
Nothing was added to the agenda. Meeting minutes from the September 10, 2001 meeting were
reviewed by email prior to the meeting. Minutes will be posted on the committee web site and
Budget Request for FY 2002-2003
Budget requests are still being submitted. Sue recounted that two items got approved last year:
Permanent funding for the GA position and the new Coordinator for Information Literacy Services and
Instruction position. Outstanding items are:
- Screen capture software (to facilitate teaching of search strategies)
- Sending 2 librarians to user education-related conferences
- Budget line for publications, handouts & flyers (currently funded by individual
- Wired classroom
- Office space and furnishings for coordinator position
- Lori requested that Committee add in New portable laptop computer and projector.
Discussion pursued on these items. Fear was expressed that budget cuts may lead to a hold on the
search for the Coordinator of Information Literacy Services and Instruction and/or other budget
Cindy requested that Committee also add in New library brochure
With respect to the search history capturing software, Lynne committed to following up on
research on costs and options suitable for this environment. Frances promised to share information
with Lynne about shareware she has used successfully to download web pages.
Sue asked that everyone get their budget line item requests in to her by e-mail before November
and that Committee members identify whether this is a one-time cost or a recurring cost.
Updates and Reports
Bob Burger - Coordinator for Information Literacy Services & Instruction
- The position description has been released.
- Nominations are being accepted and should be submitted as soon as possible to Bob. November
29th is the target close date for the search. [Cindy Kelly and Bernice Harrington of the Library
Personnel Office are helping with the search
Sarah Reisinger - Learning Community Tours:
- The tours went really well with only 2 communication errors that Sarah and others were able to
- There were over 700 student participants.
- Frances received positive comments and added that this is a valuable service to keep and
- Sue had conducted four tours and gathered that 25-30 people is too high a number for a tour;
but in view of the short time frame, this was the best that could be done. It is hoped that the
next round of tours would be closer to the ideal number (12-15 people). This could possibly be
achieved by adding a 6th tour group. Sarah concurred.
Lori DuBois - Workshops
- Workshops are slow going.
- Instructors are still becoming aware of procedures and options.
- Many of the 971 students required to take the workshops are opting to take the online
- Workshop registration and follow-up operations (i.e., quiz-taking) have been hampered by
technical difficulties (many of which stem from the recent computer virus).
- Suggestion was made to home in more closely on providing instruction in the residence halls and
connecting with Ann Wilkens, the Residence Hall Librarian. Lori is already working with Ann on
Sue Searing - Feedback on Library-GSLIS Teaching Alliance Event
- Jeni Weidenbenner, the GA for the Teaching Alliance, told Sue that feedback was pretty
- Beth Woodard and Kirby Barrick's presentations met expectations and provided useful
- The #1 item of interest for future sessions was "teaching in a computer lab v. teaching in a
- Friday, October 19th, 11:30am-1:30pm (GSLIS 126), Christine Jenkins and Jill Gengler will
address teaching with technology.
- Other topics that participants expressed interest in exploring include:
- Presentation skills
- Assessment of presentations
- Facilitating discussion and debate within a classroom
- Active learning
- Learning styles and how to develop classes that address different learning styles
- Cross-cultural students
- Teaching portfolios
- Sue is working with Linda Smith, Dean Pappajohn (OIR) and Beth Woodard on Teaching Alliance
plans and will be drawing on local resources for the most part.
- Frances added that a lot of people want personal coaching. Sue noted that it will require
organization. Dean Papajohn has been willing in the past to work with instructors and provide
feedback on their teaching styles.
- Sarah mentioned that feedback can be helpful even from peers.
- It was thought that the GA, Jeni, could facilitate the logistics of peer observation.
- Registration online for the October 19 event will be available shortly. Notices will go out
Room 428 - Potential Use for instruction: The policy is unclear on use of this room for
instruction. Bob will follow up with Bart on the policy and report back to the Committee.
October 25th (Thursday) Luncheon: These luncheons can be used to continue building the momentum
around topics discussed at the Teaching Alliance events. Please RSVP to Julia Spann at
firstname.lastname@example.org at least one week prior to event (October 18th).
Strategies for Updating and Maintaining "Learn to Use the Library" web site
Each member who takes a section will focus on getting the current CONTENT updates and submit
them to Lori. Sections will be reviewed before posted. Some pages will be linked to Circulation
pages. The following is a list of commitments made to web site section updates:
- Visitor Page:(Must involve several people, on and off the committee)
- Faculty: Lynne
- Alumni & Library Friends: Cindy (will contact Roxanne Frey also)
- Visiting Scholars: Sarah
Bob will follow up with CCSO on rules governing NetIDs for visiting scholars.
Sue mentioned that she will keep the group focused on keeping the web site current.
Meeting adjourned at 10:25am.