Susan Avery (ex officio)
Adriana Cuervo (13)
Kirstin Dougan (12)
Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe (ex officio) – Chair
Carissa Phillips (13)
Elizabeth (Beth) Sheehan (13)
Greg Youngen (12)
Merinda Hensley (ex officio)
Cindy Ingold (12)
Sue Searing (13)
Peggy Steele (12)
Emma Clausen (Information Literacy GA)
Lisa welcomed all new and returning members and provided an overview of the purpose of the committee. Members each introduced themselves.
This agenda item will be repeated at each meeting and is an opportunity to share highlights related to information literacy and instruction work. Committee members are encouraged to submit items ahead of time so they can be listed in the agenda.
Committee members shared that requests for instruction are growing. The Education and Social Sciences Library has received more than 30 requests for Fall instruction sessions already; the Undergraduate Library had nearly 60 sessions scheduled prior to the beginning of the semester; and the Music and Performing Arts Library has many courses scheduling for two sessions instead of just one.
The Veterinary Medicine Library had a seeming set-back when Greg was not included in new student orientation for the college. To compensate, he sent a welcome letter to members of the incoming class with a link to a LibGuide and has since received greater response than he had in previous years to the orientation session presentation.
The committee noted that building relationships with faculty and sending out communications prior to courses beginning, including a link to a LibGuide and an outline of major services offered, are some of the best ways to market instruction sessions.
The committee reviewed the charge and member responsibilities. Lisa shared her hopes for what might be accomplished in this coming year and noted the importance of the working groups the committee has created in the past and their deep investigation into ongoing projects.
The User Education Committee provides guidance and advice to the Coordinator for Information Literacy Services and Instruction and the University Library by formulating and reviewing plans, goals, priorities, strategies, policies and procedures related to user education; identifying temporary and ongoing instructional issues; promoting awareness of and participation in information literacy activities within the Library and the University as a whole; gathering information and encouraging research and discussion about information literacy, information seeking, and user education; creating and assisting with instructional development programming; and responding to requests for assistance or advice about user education and information literacy issues.
Lisa reviewed the status of the IT requests related to instruction.
Assignment Calculator – Further work on this request has been suspended by mutual agreement. The product available through open source is not what was expected, as it is more appropriate for a K-12 learning environment. Lisa and Susan noted that many places have adapted the version used by the University of Minnesota; however, that version is not available through open source.
TurningPoint Clickers – This project is completed. Currently there is one set of clickers located in the Undergraduate Library for use in the Undergraduate Library classrooms and two sets in Library IT that can be checked out and used anywhere on campus. The committee will need to decide if more sets are necessary, taking into consideration if on-site sets are needed in the libraries that have a high volume of sessions that are at a distance from the Main Library. For example, would it be useful to have an on-site set at the Music and Performing Arts Library? Susan noted an issue downloading TurningPoint software on computers. She will follow up to see if an IT request has been filed and, if so, what the resolution of the problem is. Another “introduction to clickers” session that will cover last year’s training and user experience will be scheduled in late October or early November. Susan agreed to lead the session.
Instruction Statistics Database – This project is completed. The database interface and underlying structure was re-done. Some people have requested that former library unit names be removed from the system; however, this is not possible to do since those names are tied to historic instruction session records.
The committee hosted Deb Gilchrist as a guest speaker last spring. The committee decided to hold a follow-up session when those who attended Deb’s workshop could share how they are implementing what they learned. This will be scheduled later in the fall. Also related to assessment, Merinda will be an attendee at Assessment Immersion 2011 in Nashville. Lisa will be one of the leaders of this program. Susan and Carissa have attended in previous years.
Lisa reviewed the status of projects related to the Library’s instructional facilities.
The committee contributed ideas for the “teaching and learning” presentation at the Strategic Planning Forum. The draft of the Strategic Plan will be available at the October 11, 2011 open meeting on the plan.
The committee discussed which projects to focus on in the coming year. Ideas under consideration include:
Create materials to alert users to primary sources, especially in archives and special collections. Adrianna will further develop this idea for discussion at a future committee meeting.
Lisa alerted committee members that they would be asked to review revisions to the Library 314 room use policy in the coming weeks. Changes focus on use of the space for brown bag events and opening the space for use as a lab.
Submitted by Emma Clausen