May 5, 2003 Meeting
User Education Committee
University of Illinois Library
May 5, 2003
- Karen Hogenboom
- Jing Liao
- Joseph Straw
- Lisa Hinchliffe
- Paul Callister
- Cindy Ashwill
- Allison Sutton
- Cindy Shirkey
Statement on Learning Goals
The Committee discussed the modifications that were suggested at the User Education luncheon and
then the committee adopted a final version of the statement. The statement will be sent to the
Executive Committee with a request for faculty review and approval.
LSTA Grant Ideas
Illinois State Library receives federal monies and creates LSTA grant programs. Libraries within
Illinois can apply for these grants. Lisa asked the committee to review grant categories published
by the Illinois State Library and make suggestions for possible grant proposals.
Brainstorming Grant Ideas
Value of Libraries Grant: Usability studies, Cognitive mapping of what people are doing when
searching catalogs, i.e. "speak-alouds"
- Classroom on a Cart (cart of laptops)
- Purchase mobile partitions to create instructional space and integrate wireless
- Wireless prompts individuals to question the usage of computer/learning labs; but having
instructional space and technologies is always vital.
- Perhaps having larger monitors for group work or demonstration would be beneficial. Buying
larger monitors for public spaces would allow individuals to work in groups and instruct more
individuals at once. It would be relatively easy to designate who receives the monitors. This
option would be both visible and immediate.
- Complete a study on electronic resources and how individuals access them
- Large posters depicting research cycles and processes and post them in key places as a
- Would we like to have faculty instruction or target a certain type of instructors? Are there
others ways we could provide programming to campus faculty or TAs?
- TA training has been happening in past years. Could we conduct workshops on research for
scholarship within the disciplines?
- Web pages or online tutorials for TAs (using the library and teaching orientation with TAs).
-Use past studies to inform future applications for user outcomes.
- Partnerships with the Graduate School of Library and Information Science?
Lisa will review possible grant stipulations to clarify application procedures and discuss
possibilities with Bob Burger, Associate University Librarian for Services.
User Education Statistics
Lisa distributed and explained the web-based form that will be used to gather instruction
statistics. This underlying database will also provide units with a system to track instructional
sessions by unit or by library instructor.
Committee members wished Paul good luck in his new position as Director of the Law Library at
the University of Missouri-Kansas City and expressed their thanks for his contributions to the
The next User Education meeting will be July 14, 2003 from 9:00-10:30.