Stewart Library Instruction Team
2000/2001 Annual Report
July 1, 2000 to May 15, 2001
The Stewart Library instruction team has had a very busy and productive year. Instruction has increased, serving over 800 more students than last year, even though we continue to be understaffed. We worked well together to accomplish many important team goals. As a team we communicated regularly and effectively with our major constituencies including students, faculty, the English Department and the FYE program. We continually improved and updated all of our curriculum in order to improve the information literacy competency of students and the broader WSU community.
Although all of our instruction sessions, materials and resources are regularly updated and assessed, a new more focused planning effort to identify and assess priority outcomes was begun in April and will continue into next year.
Individual instruction efforts of team members has also further supported the Weber State University library mission and the instruction program. Team members have been very involved in scholarship and professional development related to bibliographic instruction.
A great deal of time and effort has been put into the Information Literacy Competency requirement. This is the second year of the requirement at WSU and hundreds of students have now completed this requirement mostly through our classes, and to a much lesser extent through the exam. We have created new handouts and Web pages, provided training for academic advisors and staff. Although we have made some minor improvements to the exam, we feel the exam can be greatly improved and this is something Carol will work on at the ACRL Information Literacy Immersion program in New York in August. We have worked closely with the Telecommunications and Business Education Department and with WSU Academic Advising to clearly and regularly communicate with students about this new core requirement.
The instruction team met 9 times. Minutes of each team meeting are available on the team intranet. Members of the instruction team include Carol Hansen, Art Carpenter, Evan Christensen, Joan Hubbard, Wade Kotter, Ruby Licona, Jill Newby, Kathy Payne, Peggy Pierce, Lonna Rivera, Shaun Spiegel and Fran Zedney. Each team member is heartily congratulated for their active engagement in team activities and for all of their many accomplishments this year.
The following table illustrates the data collected on instruction sessions provided:
|Type of Instruction||1999/2000||2000/2001||+ or - sections or sessions||Faculty/Staff involvement this year|
|# students||# sessions||# students|
|4||108||8||244||+4||Carol, Ruby, Wade, Art, Evan|
|5||144||6||476||+1||Carol, Art, Shaun|
|English 2010||88||1948||90||2129||+2||Art, Evan, Wade,Fran, Shaun, Ruby, Carol, Lonna, Peggy|
|FYE||35||727||26||580||-9||Carol, Art, Evan, Wade, Shaun, Fran, Lonna, Peggy|
|Subject Specific||124||2529||160||2994||+36||Carol, Art, Evan, Fran, Kathy, Shaun, Wade, Jill|
|General & Untangling the Web sessions by Library Faculty/staff||15||403||16||229||+1||Art, Evan, Carol, Wade, Jill, Kathy, Lonna, Shaun, Fran|
|Untangling the Web/ outside guests||7||98||5||86||-2|
|Total students served:||6455||7272||+822|
Note: The number of instruction sessions offered for FYE and English 2010 depends on their course offerings. FYE offered fewer sections this year, and the English department offered more sections.
The data above is collected by Kathy Thiriot, Library Office Specialist, from the monthly instruction data forms submitted by instruction team members.
Information Literacy Competency Exam Data
The following table illustrates the data on exams:
|Registered for Exam||Passed on first try||Passed on 2nd or later try||Withdrew||Failed and did not retake||No Shows - Did not take exam|
This data is collected by Carole Lapine, Telecommunications and Business Education Department.
Instruction Team Goals
The team agreed on four goals for this academic year at our October 5, 2000 meeting. Listed below are these and other goals and a description of how each goal was met:
|Goal 1) Obtain assessment data for 10% of all subject specific
sessions in order to continually improve subject specific instruction
|Goal 2) Develop a consistent format and design for our Web
based Research Guides in order to better assist students with subject
|Goal 3) Work with Alan Livingston on an automated classroom
calendar in order to reduce the time it takes Fran to input classroom
schedules/calendars on Web.
|Goal 4) Participate in three instruction team training sessions in
order to gain new skills and knowledge to support and enhance library
instruction at WSU.
In addition to the goals agreed upon by the team listed above, the team also accomplished the following goals throughout the past year.
|Goal 5) Completely revise all instruction related policies,
procedures, evaluation criteria and expectations.
|Goal 6) Update and revise instruction team Intranet in order to
enhance communication among team members
|Goal 7) Initiate an assessment planning process for Instruction
program and team in order to improve instruction program.
|Goal 8) Work with the WSU History Department to remove LS2201 as a
requirement and to initiate targeted subject specific instruction for
History majors and minors.
|Goal 9) Completely revise and update the Internet
Navigator 0nline course.
The instruction team was involved in the following scholarly activities relating to instruction:
|FORTHCOMING: Hansen, Carol, The Internet Navigator: An Online Course for Distance Learners, Library Trends, Summer 2001.|
|FORTHCOMING: Hansen, Carol and Zublin, Catherine. Humanities on the Internet: A Collaborative Model for Faculty Development, World EdMedia 2001 Conference Proceedings,Tampere, Finland, 2001.|
|Spiegel, S.R. (2001, May). Outdoor recreation: Sites to help you plan your summer vacation. College & Research Libraries News. (Also available online at http://www.ala.org/acrl/resmay01.html)|
|SUBMITTED: Spiegel, Shaun R. and Sandra J. Weingart. Applying Minimalist Theory to Library Instruction. Submitted to Reference Services Review.|
|FORTHCOMING: Hansen, Carol and Lombardo, Nancy, Taming the Dragon: The Collaborative Revitalization of an Online Library Skills Course, presentation accepted for Mountain Plains Library Association and Arizona Library Association Joint Conference in Phoenix in December 2001.|
|FORTHCOMING: Newby, Jill. Managing E-Resources, Medical Library Association, Orlando, Fl. May 25, 2001. (includes information on public service aspects, including instruction, web presentation and access)|
|FORTHCOMING: Hansen, Carol and Catherine Zublin, Humanities on the Internet: A Collaborative Model for Faculty Development, World EdMedia 2001,Tampere, Finland. June 28, 2001.|
|Hansen, Carol (co presenter) Utah Library Association, Sandy, Utah, The New Internet Navigator: Results of a Statewide Initiative, Co-presenter, May 4, 2001|
|Carol Hansen, Library, and Catherine Zublin, Collaborative Model for Faculty Development: Presentation at the Ed-Media 2001 World Conference on Educational Media, Hypermedia and Telecommunications. WSU Hemingway Faculty Vitality Grant, WSU Research, Scholarship and Professional Growth Committee, March 2001, $3400 funded.|
|Spiegel, Shaun. RSPG Grant to complete a Library Web Usability Study, Fall
A major challenge for several members of the team has been the changing level of support for Web enhanced classes. Several team members worked with Alan Livingston, up to late Fall 2000 and really liked the courses.weber.edu programs he had implemented, especially the grade book and student end of course evaluation we could use in our electronic classroom. Unfortunately he was removed from this project to undertake the revitalization of the campus Web. Instead of keeping his programming the WSUOnline team decided to start from scratch and we lost access to programs that had worked well for us in the past. They felt they had other priorities and our needs are still not being met. A useable grade book integrating rolls for our cross listed courses has not been made available, nor was the Web delivered end of course evaluation. We were required to rewrite syllabi, policies and procedures which was needlessly time consuming and risked confusing faculty and students.
Another major challenge has been our understaffing of faculty involved in instruction activities. As a team, we were lacking two faculty positions during Summer and Fall, and still lacking one position this Spring. The addition of more faculty will definitely help our overall staffing plan. Additional faculty will enable a more efficient use of human resources in the library and help us provide more and better instruction for students.
Instruction team members are expected to make for credit course materials available to students on the Web. Art, Jill, Wade, Shaun, and Carol have done so. Evan and Ruby are working on getting their materials on the Web this summer.
The library instruction team could greatly benefit from more programming assistance. We would not have to wait for the WSUOnline team to do the things we need and we could incorporate many needed improvements into our Web resources and course materials. Hopefully the 1/2 time Web development position we are hiring will be able to meet some of the programming needs of the instruction team.
Team Goals for 2001/2002
At the April 26, 2001 team meeting the team decided on the following goals for the next academic year:
Sustaining Outcome (ongoing goals)
|Goal 1) Provide a comprehensive instruction program for WSU
students including, for credit, online and on demand instruction in order to
graduate students with information literacy competencies
Strategic Outcomes (immediate and shorter range goals)
|Goal 2) Develop an assessment plan for each type of instruction in
order to improve instruction.
|Goal 2) Assist with hiring new faculty and professional staff in
order to to increase numbers of faculty involved in|
instruction team activities
|(Note: These goals were updated and expanded in September 2001.|
This Annual report was last updated on 01/31/2004 . Please send comments to Carol Hansen, Professor and Instruction Services Librarian