Reaching Faculty through Professional Development Workshops

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When working on a campus where information literacy learning outcomes are not built into the majors, it can be difficult to reach the students and faculty who could benefit the most from the resources and support that our library has to offer. As my library has been expanding our information literacy program we’ve been developing, testing, and assessing an embedded instruction model that allows us to scale our program up, through the major, and out, into many majors. We are pretty pleased with our model at this point [more to come on this at a later date]. Our aim now is to market our model to faculty. We’ve been doing the usual things: presenting at meetings, emailing, and networking, but these modes will not catch everyone. As an additional layer, we envisioned as a professional development opportunity for faculty where they could come to learn about integrating information literacy outcomes into their course(s) – an opportunity for us to showcase how we can partner with them in achieving these outcomes.

In planning for this workshop I of course did some research, being a good librarian, and found few similar workshops offered by other academic libraries. So in the spirit of openness I would like to share the outline of the workshop, hoping it might aid others planning for a similar workshop.

I. Needs Assessment & Introductions
We started out with around the room introductions so that we could find out what courses folks teach and why they came- what did they want to improve or develop in their courses.

II. How the Library Can Help
We defined ACRL information literacy standards and, surprisingly, almost everyone wanted the 12 page booklet. We explained how we support faculty with information literacy instruction and laid out our embedded model: content, delivery design, assessment strategies.

III. Models of Information Literacy Integration
We shared how we work with different courses: f2f, online, and blended. Information Literacy Tutorial. Example 1, Example 2.

IV. Hands-on Workshop Time
Instead of working with specific assignments individually we had conversations with attendees about possibilities, distributed our business cards, and already have scheduled consultations with several attendees.

The workshop was a success and we look forward to offering it again in the summer.


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