July 14, 2008 Meeting
User Education Committee
University of Illinois Library
July 14, 2008
- Susan Avery
- Paula Carns
- Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe
- Emily Love
- Karen Hogenboom
- Melody Allison
- Merinda Hensley
- Lori Mestre
- Ellen Swain
- Nikki Wright
- Nathan Yarasavage
- Bernice Harrington
- Sarah Bordac (Instruction and Outreach Librarian at Brown University)
- Melissa Bowles-Terry (Reference Library Instruction GA)
1. Remaining Meetings for 2007-2008 (All in Library 428)
2. Media Literacy – Guest: Sarah Bordac, Brown University
Sarah is Instruction and Outreach Librarian at Brown University and a doctoral student at
Simmons in Library and Information Science.
Sarah reported on some of her work at Brown.
- She has been observing librarians to see what they’re teaching, how they’re teaching, and how
their instructional activities can be integrated with instructional technology. She has worked on
developing modules of content for librarians to drop into their subject guides or courses in WebCT.
She has found that library classes are typically held in a classroom with computers that never get
turned on – but she’s working on changing that situation.
- An exciting development at Brown is that the library is to be the main source of content and
outreach activity in support of a first-year reading experience for incoming students. This is a
great opportunity for the library to reach out to students as they first enter the university.
There is no required information literacy course at Brown and no required library component of any
of the courses there, so hooking students at the very beginning of their university career is
- She is working with the user research & interface services group on a redesign of the
library website. They have conducted internal usability testing with library staff. One of the next
steps is to conduct usability testing with university undergraduates when students come back to
campus this fall. Also, with the new website, they are considering creating a collection of widgets
so that users can customize their own library homepage. (The University of Rochester is doing this
Sarah also reported on her doctoral work:
- She has conducted a survey of 1st-year seminar faculty to find out what instructional services
from the library they use and what ACRL Information Literacy standards are important to them in
their courses. The idea behind the survey is to market library services to faculty.
- She is also working on the question of standards in media literacy. Quite a bit of work has
been done in this area regarding K-12 students, but not much in undergraduate students. Everybody
expects undergraduates to know all about new media, and have basic media literacy, but universities
generally don’t spend time teaching those skills. Universities have not kept up with the user
- Sarah has also surveyed faculty about media literacy skills. Some of the questions she’s
interested in finding answers to:
- Do media literacy skills change with different types of media?
- Do skills change across disciplines?
- Are these skills assessed?
- So far, it looks like the answers to these questions are yes, yes, and no.
3. Campus Initiative on Student Learning Assessment – Questions?
The final report from the library on Student Learning Assessment turned out quite well. We
have not yet received feedback on the document.
4. Working Groups Update
Community Outreach Working Group
- The Community Outreach Working Group has been renamed – it is now the High School Outreach
- Karen Hogenboom will be teaching government teachers from the local school district how to
teach their students about voting issues. Drawing on the excitement around the upcoming election
this fall, they will discuss voter education and how to train high school students to be informed
voters. This is a teacher in-service meeting that will take place on or around October 15.
- We have a second implementation of LibGuides just for staff training.
- The web address for staff training LibGuides is
- Cataloging and Acquisitions are already adding guides.
- If anyone wants an account in this implementation, contact Merinda Hensley or Beth
- If you need to copy material from old LibGuides to new LibGuides contact Merinda.
- Lisa gave a quick demonstration of the administration side of LibGuides for Sarah.