Stewart Library Instruction Team
2001/2002 Annual Report
July 1, 2001 to June 30, 2002
The Stewart Library instruction team has worked diligently over the past several years to develop our instruction program to comply with national standards and best practices. Our program was selected this year by ACRL as on one of the top ten programs that model best practices in information literacy programming for undergraduates. Five participants from Weber State will attend and participate in an invitational conference on information literacy hosted by ACRL in Atlanta in June 2002.
Another major accomplishment of the team over the past year has been the development of assessment plans for each type of instruction provided by Stewart Library faculty and staff. In addition, a new and more authentic information literacy competency exam has been developed and implemented with assistance from the TBE ( Telecommunications and Business Education) department. Team members have been actively involved in the Web usability studies, and in the Web redesign project. Individual instruction efforts of team members during the past year has continued to support the Weber State University mission and the Stewart Library mission.
Members of the instruction team include Carol Hansen, Brianna Beckstrand, JaNae Kinikin (beginning December 2001) Art Carpenter, Evan Christensen, Joan Hubbard, Wade Kotter, Ruby Licona, Jill Newby (until December 2001), Kathy Payne, Peggy Pierce, Lonna Rivera, Shaun Spiegel, and Fran Zedney. The annual report is compiled from minutes of team meetings and from data supplied in the Faculty Activity Reports from faculty team members (minus FAR's from Ruby and Kathy this year.) The minutes of each team meeting are available on the team intranet. Team member's are heartily congratulated for their active engagement in team activities and for all of their many accomplishments this year. Jill Newby left for a new position at University of Arizona in December, she will be greatly missed!
The following table illustrates the data collected on instruction sessions provided:
|Type of Instruction||2000/2001||2001/2002||+ or - sections or sessions||Faculty/Staff involvement this year|
|# sessions||# students||# sessions||# students|
|8||244||8||@240||Carol, Ruby, Wade, Art, Evan, Shaun|
|6||476||11||@1130||+5||Carol, Art, Shaun, Kathy|
|0||course dropped from catalog|
|English 2010||90||2129||93||2071||+3||Art, Evan, Wade,Fran, Shaun, Ruby, Carol, JaNae, Lonna, Peggy, Brianna|
|FYE||26||580||21||413||-5||Carol, Art, Evan, Wade, Shaun, Fran, Lonna, Peggy, Ja Nae, Brianna|
|Subject Specific||160||2994||152||2737||-8||Carol, Art, Evan, Fran, Kathy, Shaun, Wade, Jill, JaNae, Ruby|
|Other General & Untangling the Web sessions by Library Faculty/staff||46||763||21||231||-25||Art, Evan, Carol, Wade, Jill, Kathy, Lonna, Shaun, Fran|
|Total students served:|
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.
Fewer subject specific and other general sessions may be due to various scheduling complications this year including September 11th, the Olympic break, Carol's sabbatical and Jill's departure.
The data above is collected by Kathy Thiriot, Library Office Specialist, from the monthly instruction data forms submitted by instruction team members.
See also the statistical data Fran Zedney keeps on classroom use.
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|
|Registered||Total Retakes||Credit||Withdrew||No Credit|
This data is collected by Carole Lapine, TBE Department.
Instruction Team Goals
The team created long range goals based on the ACRL Best Practices for Information Literacy draft document at our October 5, 2000 meeting. Under each long range goal, priority action items were strategically targeted. Each action item completed this year is listed below.
Sustaining Outcome: 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.
The instruction team has reframed itself as an information
literacy program in order to better meet the needs of our students and
the new ACRL national standards and guidelines.
|The team Mission was reframed for the information literacy program.|
|Program goals were reviewed, revised and approved by team during Fall 2001.|
|The annual report includes priority strategic goals for the coming year.|
|Faculty Activity Records were used (except for Ruby and Kathy) to document faculty activities including professional development and scholarship.|
|Instruction data is displayed by department in order to assist bibliographers with future planning for subject specific sessions.|
|Documents describing the program and charting its evolution were developed for the Web and reviewed/revised by the team|
|Instruction staffing plan was placed on the Web|
|Teaching schedule was made available on the Web|
|Assessment plans were developed and implemented for each type of instruction|
|Assessment data is used to continually improve the program|
|Planning included a program for professional staff and faculty
development. Team members attended the following continuing education
programs supporting their work in instruction:
|Shaun Spiegel planned a very successful Spring workshop on marketing library services. Approximately 15 persons attended the session, including librarians and library directors from Morgan County Public library system and BYU in Provo. (Shaun, Carol, JaNae, Evan, Joan, Wade, Fran)|
|The following documents were reviewed and updated this year:
|A diagram of the information literacy program and our partners was developed.|
|Web syllabi for each for credit course have been put on the Web by teaching faculty.|
|Online student end of course evaluations were made available for every course by BIR. SNAP is also being reviewed as an option for this for next year.|
|Instruction Team continued ongoing collaborations with FYE, English 2010, TBE, and through partnerships with many other departments and areas.|
|More assignments requiring student reflection were added to Internet Navigator modules.|
|Improvements to each of the the Internet Navigator course assignments were made and loaded for Summer 2002. In addition cleaning up of typos was accomplished for most of the modules.|
|Bibliographers have developed and updated many new and existing research guides to enhance subject specific instruction.|
|We are very happy to welcome JaNae Kinikin (new Physical and Applied Sciences Librarian) and Brianna Beckstrand (from Special Collections) to the team this year. Ruby Licona will begin as Health Sciences Librarian.|
|The instruction team assisted with the hiring of new faculty in order to to increase numbers of faculty involved in instruction team activities. By reducing involvement in Eng2010s and FYEs faculty will hopefully have more time for subject specific sessions next year.|
|The information literacy program identified its key
audiences, partners and constituencies in order to best meet their
needs, facilitate communication with stakeholders, and to continually
improve the program.
|The instruction team encouraged the development and implementation of a library wide marketing plan.|
|Instruction team faculty have demonstrated an active involvement in
campus professional development and training
|Instruction team members represented the library and the
information literacy program on the following committees:
|Instruction team members demonstrated an active involvement in
international, national, regional or statewide organizations supporting the further
advancement of information literacy.
|Assessment plans were developed for each type of instruction in order to continually improve instruction. Each plan and much of the data is made available on the Web.|
|A Web form for end of course evaluations was made available by BIR (Carol and BIR, Fall 2001)|
The instruction team was involved in the following scholarly activities relating to instruction:
FORTHCOMING: Hansen, Carol, "Internet Resources on Dance," College and Research Libraries News, December 2002. Invited and peer reviewed
Hansen, Carol, "The Internet Navigator: An Online Course for Distance Learners," Library Trends, 50 (1) Summer 2001. (finally appeared in print this winter!) Invited and peer reviewed.
|Kotter, Wade. Review of "Creating Web Based Databases." College and Research Libraries, September 2001.|
|Kotter, Wade. "Improving Subject Access in Anthropology." Behavioral and Social Sciences Librarian, April 2002. Juried|
|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: Spiegel, Shaun and Carol Hansen, Statewide Collaborative Web Resources for Faculty Supporting Information Literacy. World EdMedia 2002, Denver, June 26, 2002.|
|Hansen, Carol, Betty Dance and Stephanee Goodcliffe. Meeting the Challenge of Library Instruction in Core Writing Courses, Utah Library Association, Sandy, Utah, May 4, 2001.|
|Kotter, Wade, Researching Anthropology in the Digital Library, presentation at the American Anthropological Association Annual meeting, Washington, DC, November 2001.|
|Evan Christensen, Carol Hansen, JaNae Kinikin, Wade, Kotter, Ruby Licona and Shaun Spiegel, From Face to Face to Interface, Faculty Mentor Training in Online Teaching, June 7, 2002, For WSUOnline sponsored faculty training event, in Stewart Library.|
|No instruction related grants were written or awarded this year.|
|The Internet Navigator Maintenance Team (Carol Hansen and Shaun Spiegel are members) will receive ongoing funds and support from UALC.|
|WSU Stewart Library's information literacy program was selected as one of the top ten programs nationwide for undergraduates by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL). Five WSU faculty/staff (Carol Hansen, Shaun Spiegel, Fran Zedney, David Eisler and Catherine Zublin) will participate in ACRL's Best Practices in Information Literacy Invitational Conference in Atlanta from June 12-13, 2002, at their expense!|
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. 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, for the second year in a row, 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. A new campus committee is looking into working with a new vendor for online courseware. Shaun Spiegel is a member o f this committee and we hope improvements will occur.
We waste time by not having an automated method for scheduling our classrooms and gathering instruction data. Scheduling and gathering of instruction statistics must become much more automated. Members of the instruction team have difficulty finding the time to find, evaluate or set up new software or systems. This is an ongoing project.
Again this year, the library instruction team could greatly benefit from more programming assistance. If it were available we would not have to wait for Garth Tuck, the WSUOnline team or Steve Kerr in BIR to do the things we need and we could incorporate many needed improvements into our Web resources and course materials. The 3/4 time Web development position has not been able to devote any time to meet the programming needs of the instruction team. The implementation of SNAP hopefully assist in completing evaluations and surveys. It is hoped that new scheduling software can assist in instruction data collection.
Team Goals for 2002/2003
The team approved the draft goals at the Spring team meeting. These goals have been refined for the coming year and will be discussed at the first Fall 2002 team meeting. See 2002/2003 draft team goals.
Thisannual report was last updated on 01/31/2004 . Please send comments to Carol Hansen, Professor and Instruction Services Librarian