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LOEX2008: Expectation Management: Breaking Ground for a New E-Learning Librarian Position

Posted by comartslibrarian on May 3, 2008

Presented by Julie O’Keeffe and Ed Sanchez of Marquette University

  1. What role would an ID librarian play?
  2. Would everyone agree with that role?
  3. If not could you manage those expectations?

This was an “interactive” breakout session. More docs and Powerpoint slides at


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LOEX2008: 9,000 Freshmen, One Common Foundation

Posted by comartslibrarian on May 3, 2008

Presented by Joe Buenker, Leslee Shell, Julie Tharp of Arizona State University

ASU Libraries developed an academic integrity module for the ASU 101 course, required for all freshmen. The ASU system spread across four largely-autonomous campuses with 60,000+ students. New university administration sought to unify these campuses under one accreditation, and give students better flexibility to take courses on two or more campuses.

The previous “FYE University Success” course was:

  • Coordinated by “University Academic Success Program:
  • Taught by graduate students
  • Not required for all freshmen
  • Colleges not participating directly, have little/no awareness of course content

ASU 101 course:

  • Coordinated by Provost’s office
  • Taught by administrators, faculty and advisors
  • Required of all incoming freshmen
  • ALL colleges and departments participate

Librarians approached the Task Force planning this course and were asked to do “academic integrity” module. This course would be taught online (Blackboard) and in-person (5 meetings). Each module in this course, including academic integrity, had the same format including an assessment component.

Dr. Donald McCabe of Rutgers has studied and surveyed academic integrity issues involving 80,000+ students and 12,000+ faculty at 80+ U.S./Canadian institutions. McCabe also helped establish the “Center for Academic Integrity.” Peer influence is greatest deterrent to academic misconduct; the use of plagiarism detection tools, and an “institutional culture” such as an honor code can also contribute to this.

Academic Integrity module in Blackboard had these components:

  • Learning Objective
  • Pre-survey
  • Lesson Content – a Flash presentation
  • Discussion Forum
  • 4-question quiz, with a rubric for whomever would be teaching and grading the course.

Librarians had to train the instructors (though only 3 of 400 attended); not necessarily librarians teaching or assessing this module!

Within their handout, they give very specific examples of how to cite and paraphrase sources.

Students and faculty surveyed indicated that ~79% felt that the academic integrity module was helpful. ASU is now working to develop a much broader library instruction module (focused on services, locations, resources, etc.). They do not receive any data from the Provost’s office on assessments from the Blackboard course, i.e. they don’t know how well students are grasping this material based on the quizzes or forum postings.

Powerpoint will be posted at the LOEX website. Disclaimer: The underlined sections above note areas of sympathy/commiseration on the part of this librarian. :-/

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LOEX2008: From Learning Objectives to Multimedia Tutorials

Posted by comartslibrarian on May 3, 2008

Presented by Terri Holtze, University of Louisville

Wink is very easy, a shareware application for creating screencasts. Only records when you “do something” so you can think before your next action. Flash gives you a lot more features and can add interactions, such as quizzes. Or a drag-and-drop to identify different sections of a citation.

Finding images for tutorials

Another great resource to view other tutorials (HTML and Flash-based): PRIMO Database by ALA. This is a peer-reviewed listing of instructional materials developed by librarians.

If you use mouseovers on a screen, this can be “hidden information” so you should put symbols wherever a hotspot is located.

Programming Flash tutorials to collect assessment scores has been difficult for them, so they will use Blackboard instead to record these results.

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LOEX2008: Panel on “The Future of Libraries in Higher Education”

Posted by comartslibrarian on May 3, 2008

Leslie Warren, moderator
Lisa Hinchliffe, Head of Undergraduate Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Dr. Annette Haggray, College of Dupage
Christopher Stewart, Dean of Libraries, Illinois Institute of Technology

How would libraries’ role within the academic community change within the next decade?

Haggray underscored the need for librarians to help students navigate the global information highway, and as facilitators to other faculty.

Stewart asked what will the value of a university be in 10 years? Referenced the Spellings Commission and the growing federal interest in undergraduate education, given declining quality, accountability and assessment. How can higher ed “get away” with tuition increases that are double the CPI (consumer price index)?

Hinchliffe questioned whether we have the courage to bring in new librarians who have innovative ideas, or whether we’ll drive them to other future-oriented professions.

Stewart pointed out that “for-profits” like University of Phoenix have approximately 300,000 students. They have some standards of efficiency that other schools should be examining. If libraries’ value doesn’t exist in your customers’ minds, you have done an effective job of marketing your value. Product, price, placement, promotion are key business principles of which product and promotion are key to library services.

What do you envision for reference collections and SPACE usage in the next 10 years?

Stewart points out the book publishing is going up, so the need for space for print collections is not diminishing. What is the library’s role in the future: as a communal space, a multi-use facility. People have a very powerful attachment to libraries as a place; it’s one of the few socially acceptable places to be alone!

Dr. Haggray pointed to the trend for more academic services to be co-located within the library, such as a University Writing Center.

Hinchliffe recommended Scott Bennett’s work — see UIUC students voted themselves a $200 IT/Library fee. The Undergraduate Library at UIUC is now open 24/5 from Sunday morning through Friday evening. New furniture, electrical upgrades (for laptops), updated signage were also purchased or implemented. Group study and “parallel play” or studying together is focused on the UGL’s first floor, quiet study space is located in the lower floor (with most of circulating collection). UGL is also buying more reference items in digital format, rather than buying books which serve as a nice photo “backdrop.” They decided that any book that hadn’t circulated in 5 years was moved to storage (UIUC does not “weed” or “deselect”), to reclaim seating space. If students aren’t coming in the building, they won’t be connected with the books, so study space takes precedence.

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