Stewart Library Information Literacy Team
2002/2003 Annual Report
July 1, 2002 to June 30, 2003
The Stewart Library information literacy team has continued to work diligently to develop our information literacy program to support the Weber State University mission and the Stewart Library mission. The program has been developed to comply with ACRL and AAHE's national standards and ACRL's best practices guidelines. Our program was selected to be highlighted at the Best Practices preconference at the ACRL national conference in Charlotte, NC. David Eisler and Carol Hansen delivered a presentation to over fifty librarians from around the USA and Canada on how WSU has used the ACRL Best Practices guidelines to inform and improve our program.
The team over the past year has continued its use of the assessment plans developed last year for each type of information literacy instruction we provide. Faculty members have included information in their Faculty Annual Reports on how they have used assessment data to inform their teaching. The team revised the student end of course evaluation form for the LibSci 2201 course to incorporate more questions relating to our assessment outcomes.
The information literacy competency exam has been continually improved with assistance from the TBE (Telecommunications and Business Education) department. Student comments have been much more favorable this Spring.
Team members have also been actively involved in the Web usability studies, and in the Web redesign project. Link checking, moving and updating of every page on the library Web has been enormously time consuming for every team member this year.
The information literacy team has also been involved in the Association of Research Libraries SAILS (Standardized Assessment of Information Literacy Skills) assessment with ten other academic libraries. Over 370 WSU students took the SAILS test and we will get results, comparing our students' scores to students across the country, later this year.
Demand for information literacy courses continues to grow and three new adjuncts were hired and trained to teach the Internet Navigator during Spring 2003. Shaun developed a new and much needed information ethics tutorial to be used in the Navigator and on the Stewart Library Web site.
Additional efforts were made by team members this year to support accreditation. Team members gathered data and wrote draft documents to support reports on the information literacy program and core general education requirements.
Team members have been actively engaged in professional development and scholarship. The team organized a joint training session with Weber County Librarians around a Patriot Act teleconference in December. Besides the ACRL presentation mentioned above, Shaun, Fran, Joan and Carol presented at the Utah Library Association this year. Carol published an article in C&RL News on "Internet Resources in Dance," Wade has published several book reviews in Choice and C&RL News and JaNae has received funding for two GIS related grants, one from MPLA and another from HETI that she coauthored with Shaun.
Members of the information literacy team include Brianna Beckstrand, Art Carpenter, Evan Christensen, Carol Hansen, Joan Hubbard, JaNae Kinikin, Wade Kotter, 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. 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.
Many other activities were accomplished by team members, see details in the data and goals below.
Information Literacy Data
The following table illustrates the data collected on instruction sessions provided:
|Type of Instruction||2000/2001||2001/2002||2002/2003||+ or - sections or sessions from 2001/2002 to 2002/2003||Faculty/Staff involvement this year|
|# sessions or sections||# students||# sessions or sections||# students||#
sessions or sections
|8||244||8||@240||9||270||+1||Carol, JaNae, Wade, Art, Evan, Shaun, Kathy|
|6||476||11||@1130||18||1575||+7||Carol, Art, Shaun, Kathy|
|Total for credit||16||380||21||1430||30||1913||+9|
|English 2010||90||2129||93||2071||101||2,152||+9||Art, Evan, Wade, Fran, Shaun, Carol, JaNae, Lonna, Peggy, Brianna|
|FYE||26||580||21||413||29||609||+7||Carol, Art, Evan, Wade, Shaun, Fran, Lonna, Peggy, Ja Nae, Brianna|
|Course Integrated||160||2994||132||2737||134||2419?||+2||Carol, Art, Evan, Fran, Kathy, Shaun, Wade, JaNae|
|Other General & Untangling the Web sessions by Library Faculty/staff||46||763||21||231||33||442||+11||Art, Evan, Carol, Wade, Lonna, Shaun, Brianna, Fran|
|Total not for credit sessions||332||267||297||+30|
Course Integrated Instruction by College:
|College||2001/2002||2002/2003||WSU % Enrollment by College|
|Arts and Humanities||45||60||8|
|Applied Science and Technology||5||4||14.8|
Numbers of course integrated/subject specific and other general sessions may be due to various scheduling complications this year including sabbatical leave and the unfilled Health Professions Librarian position.
The data above is collected by the Library Office Specialist or staff, from the monthly instruction data forms submitted by information literacy 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|
|Registered||Total Retakes||Credit||Withdrew||No Credit|
This data is collected by Carole Lapine, TBE Department.
Information Literacy Team Goals
The team created draft long range goals based on the ACRL Best Practices for Information Literacy draft document at our April 29, 2002 meeting. These were finalized and approved by the team on August 29, 2002. Under each long range goal, priority action items were strategically targeted. Each action item completed this year is listed below with the following symbol . Those items not completed will be added to the 2003/2004 information literacy team goals.
Sustaining Outcome: Provide a comprehensive information literacy program for WSU students including for credit, online and on demand instruction in order to graduate students with information literacy competencies.
|Mission will be reviewed during Fall 2002|
|Draft goals will be reviewed, revised and approved by team during Fall 2002.|
|Goals will be reviewed annually by the Stewart Library Faculty Advisory Committee (University Librarian) or team will develop another option for wider university input.|
|The annual report will include priority strategic action items for the coming year. (Carol, Spring 2003).|
|Faculty Activity Records will be used to document faculty activities including information literacy related professional development, scholarship and service. (Faculty, Spring 2003).|
|Documents will be reviewed Fall 2002.|
|Budget items will be shared with the Information literacy team through the Library Council and faculty meetings (University Librarian).|
|Teaching schedules will be placed on the Web and revised annually in October for the next academic year (Faculty and Carol. October 2002).|
|A Health Sciences librarian will be recruited and hired (Joan and search committee, Spring/Summer 2003).|
|Assessment plans will be reviewed and revised as needed for each type of instruction (Team, Fall 2002).|
|Each member of the information literacy team will develop a plan for their
professional development as part of their annual goal setting and/or
will describe their professional development activities in their Faculty
Activity Records or Staff PREP form. (Faculty/Staff, May 2003).
|The Information literacy team will plan and present an annual Spring workshop with Weber County and/or UALC Librarians (Team Fall 2002, "Patriot Act Teleconference").|
|Instruction Services Policies and Procedures will be reviewed annually by team and updated as needed (Team, Fall 2002).|
|Instruction Performance Expectations will be reviewed annually by team and revised as needed (Team, Fall 2002).|
|Faculty Evaluation Criteria for Instruction will be reviewed annually by team and revised as needed (Team, Fall 2002).|
|LibSci 3340 will be deleted from the catalog (Carol Fall 2002)|
|Subject Librarians/Bibliographers will share ideas on this throughout the year at Information literacy team meetings (Subject Librarians, ongoing).|
|An automated, web based system for quickly and easily scheduling classrooms and instruction sessions will be implemented (Carol, Fran and team summer 2002)|
|A new library Intranet site will be developed in order to incorporate the latest trends in available technology and pedagogical resources including chat (Web Advisory Group, Spring and Summer 2002)|
|Information literacy team will develop a plan for integrating information on the 24/7 live reference chat software throughout our curriculum (team Fall 2002)|
Library Web site will provide access to for-credit course information
|Web syllabus for each for credit course will be developed (faculty, ongoing)|
|Course resources will be made available via the Web (faculty and library office staff)|
|An online gradebook will be developed for every course (?)|
|Online student end of course evaluations will be available for every course. (SNAP implemented Jan. 2003)|
|An information literacy plan will be developed for each academic department, program or area, developed collaboratively with the collection management team, chairs or other appropriate staff and published on the Web (faculty, collection management team, ongoing).|
|The Library Web will be used to facilitate and promote collaboration and communication among library faculty/staff and our partners. (WAG, ongoing)|
|A poster and brochures will be developed to advertise library services to W.SUOnline students. These will be placed in each of the outreach centers (Richfield, Moab, etc...) and brochures may be mailed to all public libraries.|
|An online learning module will be developed for online sections of English 2010 (Carol 2002/2003)|
|Develop more consistent and user friendly interface for tutorials and handouts (WAG, Reference and IL teams, 2001-2002).|
|Develop a more consistent format and user friendly interface for Subject Specific Research Guides (WAG and team, ongoing).|
|Add a suggestion form from each research guide going to bibliographers email. (WAG)|
|New information literacy business course (Shaun, Spring 2003).|
|New questions in Module 1 and 4 assignments added to Navigator to require students to reflect on their skills and on what they have learned (Carol and Navigator maintenance team (Fall 2002)|
|Tutorial on plagiarism and ethics rewritten and revised in Navigator and in "How to" guides (Shaun Spring 2002).|
|New Library Web site design will consider these pedagogical approaches (WAG and team, 2001-2002).|
|New Library Web site will provide an interface to assist users in becoming information literate (WAG and team, 2001-2002).|
|Three new adjunct faculty hired and trained (Carol Fall 2002 - Spring 2003).|
|Assist with hiring new faculty and professional staff in order to to increase numbers of faculty involved in information literacy team activities. By reducing involvement in Eng2010 and FYE's faculty would have more time for subject specific sessions. (University Librarian, team, ongoing)|
|Faculty/staff will be provided with, and take advantage of, continual opportunities to take part in professional development and training, on and off campus, in Utah and beyond. Continuing education will be documented in the FAR and in the team annual report. (Faculty, Carol, ongoing)|
|Programming support for information literacy will be provided (?)|
|Service and scholarship will be documented in the FAR and in the team annual report. (Faculty, Carol, ongoing)|
|A marketing plan will be developed for the Information Literacy program within the guidelines of the Libraryís marketing plan (forthcoming?)|
|The Library web will be used as an important marketing and outreach tool (WAG Spring and Summer 2002)|
|New faculty retreat (JaNae, new library faculty member)|
|New Student Orientations (WSU Orientation, with our poster display)|
|Curriculum and General Education (Wade 2002-2003)|
|CRAO Committee (Evan 2002-2003)|
|Teaching, Learning and Asessment (Shaun and JaNae 2002-2003)|
|Faculty Senate (Kathy 2002-2003)|
|Faculty Senate Executive Committee|
|University Ranking and Tenure Committee (Carol 2002-2003)|
|WSU Ad Hoc Committee for Online Instruction (Shaun 2002-2003)|
|WSU RFP Committee for new online course management (Shaun 2002-2003)|
|UALC Reference/Instruction Committee (Janae 2002-2003)|
|Faculty will report on how they have used assessment data to improve their instruction and student learning in their FAR's (Spring 2003).|
|Information Literacy team will participate in Part I beta test of ARL/SAILS/Kent State information literacy competency multiple choice test (team, faculty, Shaun, Carol, Spring 2003)|
|A new information literacy competency requirement exam, TBE1504, will be developed and implemented with input from the TBE Department. (Carol, Summer and Fall 2002)|
|For credit student end of course evaluations will be evaluated annually and revised as needed (team, Spring 2003).|
|SNAP orientation training will be provided (Team, Summer 2002).|
|Assessment by Team of team activities (team, ongoing).|
|Assessment of faculty through the Evaluation Criteria: Instruction Service (University Librarian, annual review)|
|Team/program goals and objectives (team and Carol)|
|Team annual report (Carol and team)
|Graduating seniors survey (WSU Assessment committee)|
|As a part of the library wide biennial faculty survey (Spring 2002 or Spring 2003 or ?)|
The information literacy team was involved in the following scholarly activities relating to information literacy:
Hansen, Carol, "Internet Resources on Dance," College and Research Libraries News, December 2002. Invited and peer reviewed
Kotter, Wade, review of "The World in a Box," College and Research Libraries , March 2003.
Kotter, Wade, review of "Sacrificing Truth" Choice, January 2003.
FORTHCOMING: Kotter, Wade, review of "Research Process in Cultural Studies" Choice.
FORTHCOMING: Kotter, Wade, review of "Archaeological Survey" Choice.
|On Campus Presentations
|JaNae and Shaun have received funding for a grant relating to GIS resources from WSU HETI. JaNae has received another GIS related grant form MPLA|
|The Internet Navigator Maintenance Team (Carol Hansen, Art Carpenter and Shaun Spiegel are members) will receive ongoing funds and support from UALC.|
Awards & Honors
Hansen, Carol. Utah Library Association, Library Instruction Round Table Distinguished Service Award, May 8, 2003
Carol was selected as an Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Institute for Information Literacy Faculty Member in March 2003
A major challenge this year was lack of staff with Ruby's position unfilled.We look forward to hiring a new faculty member. We waste time by not having an automated method for scheduling our classrooms that also gathers instruction data. Scheduling and gathering of instruction statistics must become much more automated. Members of the information literacy team have difficulty finding the time to find, evaluate or set up new software or systems. This is an ongoing challenge.
Again this year, the library information literacy team could greatly benefit from more programming assistance. If it were available we would not have to wait for 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 information literacy team. The implementation of SNAP has not been successful due to security limitations and the learning curve to implement. It is hoped that new scheduling and more secure and easy to use survey software can assist in instruction data collection.
Team Goals for 2003/2004
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 2003 team meeting. See 2003/2004 draft team goals.
Thisannual report was last updated on 01/31/2004 . Please send comments to Carol Hansen, Professor and Instruction Services Librarian