Stewart Library Information Literacy Team

 2002/2003 Annual Report

July 1, 2002 to June 30, 2003

Overview Data 2002/2003 Goals Scholarship Challenges Draft 2003/2004 Goals


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
# students

For credit
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
2 60 2 60 2 60   Carol
        1 8 +1 Shaun
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
Education 30 23 8.5
Social Science 29 19 9.8
Business 13 16 9.9
Science 8 9 6.2
Health Professions 3 3 12.6
Applied Science and Technology 5 4 14.8
General Studies 30.3

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
Fall 1999 14 14 0 0 0 0
Spring 2000 51 35 6 2 3 5
Summer 2000 37 20 5 0 0 12
Fall 2000 142 81 8 6 6 41
Registered Total Retakes Credit Withdrew No Credit
Spring 2001 177 50 133 3 44
Summer 2001 89 37 67 6 22
Fall 2001 253 58 149 4 100
Spring 2002 356 126 240 10 106
Summer 2002 85 1 61 1 24
Fall 2002 321 19 242 8 71
Spring 2003 382 79 276 5 101

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.

  1. Mission: Information literacy team will maintain an up to date mission statement for the Information Literacy Program in order to clearly identify and communicate our purpose, priorities and partnerships to ourselves and to the broader community.
    1. Mission clearly lists priority audience and partners for the Information Literacy program.
    2. Mission is available to public on Web. 
    3. Mission is consistent with UALC, University and Library Missions and with national standards.
    4. Mission is reviewed at least annually and revised as needed.
      bullet Mission will be reviewed during Fall 2002
  2. Goals and Objectives: The information Literacy program will maintain an updated list of goals and objectives in order to clearly assign roles and responsibilities and to insure continual improvement of the program.
    1. Clearly defined roles and responsibilities are defined for each major goal
    2. bullet Draft goals will be reviewed, revised and approved by team during Fall 2002.
      bulletGoals will be reviewed annually by the Stewart Library Faculty Advisory Committee (University Librarian) or team will develop another option for wider university input. 
  3. Planning: Planning for the Information Literacy Program will be conducted at the program, curriculum and institutional levels in order to maintain a wide base of support and share information about the program widely.
    1. An annual report will be published to assess and describe accomplishments of information literacy team and progress of Information Literacy program.
      bulletThe annual report will include priority strategic action items for the coming year. (Carol, Spring 2003).
      bulletFaculty Activity Records will be used to document faculty activities including information literacy related professional development, scholarship and service. (Faculty, Spring 2003).
    2. Documents describing the program and charting its evolution will be developed for the Web and reviewed annually.
      bullet Documents will be reviewed Fall 2002.
    3. Budget information for the program will be documented by the University Librarian.
      bullet Budget items will be shared with the Information literacy team through the Library Council and faculty meetings (University Librarian).
    4. Staffing levels and needs will be clearly defined by the University Librarian and the Instruction Services Librarian.
      bullet Teaching schedules will be placed on the Web and revised annually in October for the next academic year (Faculty and Carol. October 2002).
      bullet A Health Sciences librarian will be recruited and hired (Joan and search committee, Spring/Summer 2003).
    5. Assessment data will be used to continually improve the program
      1. bullet Assessment plans will be reviewed and revised as needed for each type of instruction (Team, Fall 2002).
    6. Planning will include a program for professional staff and faculty development.
      bulletEach 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).
      bulletFaculty team members identified attending the the following number of professional development programs in their FAR's.
      bulletArt (5), Evan (1), Carol (15), JaNae (11), Kathy (5), Shaun (8), Wade (6).
      bullet 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").
  4. Administrative Support and Teaching Environments: The University, University Librarian and Instruction Services Librarian will provide appropriate vision, support, physical and online environments in order to facilitate growth and continuous improvement of the Information Literacy Program.
    1. The University Librarian and Instruction Services Librarian will provide clear identification of responsibilities for the Information Literacy Program among classroom faculty, other staff and instruction team members.
      bullet Instruction Services Policies and Procedures will be reviewed annually by team and updated as needed (Team, Fall 2002).
      bullet Instruction Performance Expectations will be reviewed annually by team and revised as needed (Team, Fall 2002).
      bullet Faculty Evaluation Criteria for Instruction will be reviewed annually by team and revised as needed (Team, Fall 2002).
      bullet LibSci 3340 will be deleted from the catalog  (Carol Fall 2002)
    2. The University Librarian and Instruction Services Librarian will continue to encourage collaboration with departments rather than solely with individual faculty through bibliographer's individual goals and through Collection Management team goals.
      bulletSubject Librarians/Bibliographers will share ideas on this throughout the year at Information literacy team meetings (Subject Librarians, ongoing).
    3. The University Librarian will continue to value and recognize participation in the Information Literacy Program as institutional rewards are made available.
    4. Appropriate physical spaces will be provided in order to support the Information Literacy Program.
    5. Appropriate automation resources will be provided in order to support the Information Literacy Program.
      bullet An automated, web based system for quickly and easily scheduling classrooms and instruction sessions will be implemented (Carol, Fran and team summer 2002)
      bullet 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)
  5. Articulation with the curriculum: There will be clearly articulated curriculum within the Information Literacy Program in order to clearly communicate goals of the curriculum to students, faculty and administration
    1. The team will maintain a list of priority information literacy competencies 
    2. Faculty will integrate information literacy skills throughout a students academic career in order to go beyond simple skills and to achieve higher level knowledge of information within disciplines
    3. The library web site will display and supplement the comprehensive Information Literacy Program in order effectively provide all types instruction materials for students at all levels.
      bullet Information literacy team will develop a plan for integrating information on the 24/7 live reference chat software throughout our curriculum (team Fall 2002)
    4. Library Web site will provide access to for-credit course information
      1. Online gradebook needed for cross listed classes (team, WSU online?, purchase? Web CT 2003?)
      bullet Web syllabus for each for credit course will be developed (faculty, ongoing)
      bullet  Course resources will be made available via the Web (faculty and library office staff)
      bulletAn online gradebook will be developed for every course (?)
      bullet Online student end of course evaluations will be available for every course. (SNAP implemented Jan. 2003)

  6. Collaboration: Information literacy team members will continually collaborate with university colleges, departments, faculty and staff to develop information literacy in order to foster communication and gather support for the program.
    1. Library faculty/staff will collaborate with academic colleges, departments, and programs to plan and assess information literacy competency across the curriculum. 
      bulletAn 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).
      bullet The Library Web will be used to facilitate and promote collaboration and communication among library  faculty/staff and our partners. (WAG, ongoing)
      bulletA 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.
      bulletAn online learning module will be developed for online sections of English 2010 (Carol 2002/2003)
    2. A comprehensive collection of instruction handouts/tutorials will be developed and maintained on the Web to support information literacy across the curriculum at WSU (reference and information literacy teams, ongoing)
      bulletDevelop  more consistent and user friendly interface for tutorials and handouts (WAG, Reference and IL teams, 2001-2002).
    3. A comprehensive collection of course integrated, related and subject specific research guides will be developed and maintained on the Web to support information literacy across the curriculum at WSU (faculty, collection management and information literacy teams, ongoing)
      bulletDevelop a more consistent format and user friendly interface for Subject Specific Research Guides (WAG and team, ongoing).
      bulletAdd a suggestion form from each research guide going to bibliographers email. (WAG)
  7. Pedagogy: The Information Literacy Program will adopt appropriate pedagogy in order to most effectively engage student learning.
    1. Pedagogy is active, diverse, multidisciplinary
      bullet New information literacy business course (Shaun, Spring 2003).
    2. Pedagogy encompasses critical thinking and reflection.
      bullet 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)
      bullet Tutorial on plagiarism and ethics rewritten and revised in Navigator and in "How to" guides (Shaun Spring 2002).
    3. Pedagogy supports student centered learning.
    4. Pedagogy includes active and collaborative learning activities.
    5. Pedagogy builds on existing knowledge that studentís bring into the classroom.
    6. Pedagogy incorporates variations in learning and teaching styles.
    7. Pedagogy includes collaboration with classroom faculty.
    8. Pedagogy relates information to ongoing coursework.
    9. Pedagogy experiments with a wide variety of methods.
    10. Library Web site incorporates the latest trends in available technology to support these and emerging pedagogical approaches.
      bullet New Library Web site design will consider these pedagogical approaches (WAG and team, 2001-2002).
      bullet New Library Web site will provide an interface to assist users in becoming information literate (WAG and team, 2001-2002).
  8. Staff: The Information Literacy Program will have appropriate staff in order to meet the needs of the program and student body at WSU.
    1.  There will be an adequate number of faculty/staff.
      bullet Three new adjunct faculty hired and trained (Carol Fall 2002 - Spring 2003).
      bullet 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)
    2. Faculty/Staff will have appropriate expertise and experience as described in Instruction Faculty Performance Expectations.
      bulletFaculty/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)
    3. Faculty/staff will collaborate with university librarian, team leaders, graphic designers, distance educators, multimedia authoring specialists and classroom faculty in support of information literacy.
      bulletProgramming support for information literacy will be provided (?)
    4. Faculty/staff will engage in service and scholarship relating to their information literacy activities, subject specialization or other library activities in order to enhance their instruction.
    5. bulletService and scholarship will be documented in the FAR and in the team annual report.  (Faculty, Carol, ongoing)
  9. Outreach: The Information Literacy program will identify key audiences, partners and constituencies in order to best meet their needs, facilitate communication with stakeholders, and to continually improve the program
    1. Program activities will be communicated and publicized using a variety of outreach channels in order to reach audiences within the library, across campus and to the wider community.
      bulletA marketing plan will be developed for the Information Literacy program within the guidelines of the Libraryís marketing plan (forthcoming?)
      bullet The Library web will be used as an important marketing and outreach tool (WAG Spring and Summer 2002)
    2. Information literacy team faculty will demonstrate an active involvement in campus professional development and training by offering, co-sponsoring, or participating in workshops and programs that relate to information literacy for faculty and staff.
      bullet New faculty retreat (JaNae, new library faculty member)
      bullet New Student Orientations (WSU Orientation, with our poster display)
    3. An Information literacy team member will represent the library and the Information Literacy program on the following campus and faculty senate committees.
      bullet Curriculum and General Education (Wade 2002-2003)
      bullet CRAO Committee (Evan 2002-2003)
      bullet Teaching, Learning and Asessment (Shaun and JaNae 2002-2003)
      bullet Faculty Senate (Kathy  2002-2003)
      bullet Faculty Senate Executive Committee 
      bullet University Ranking and Tenure Committee (Carol 2002-2003)
      bullet WSU Ad Hoc Committee for Online Instruction (Shaun 2002-2003)
      bullet WSU RFP Committee for new online course management (Shaun 2002-2003)
    4. Information literacy team members will demonstrate an active involvement in UALC or other regional or statewide organizations supporting the further advancement of information literacy.
      bullet UALC Reference/Instruction Committee (Janae 2002-2003)
  10. Assessment: Comprehensive and ongoing assessment practices will be implemented for both student learning and for the information literacy program in order to continually improve student learning.
    1. All assessment will be used for ongoing planning and program improvement
      bulletFaculty will report on how they have used assessment data to improve their instruction and student learning in their FAR's (Spring 2003).    
      bullet 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)
    2. All assessment will include realistic and practical measures.
      bullet A new information literacy competency requirement exam, TBE1504, will be developed and implemented with input from the TBE Department. (Carol, Summer and Fall 2002)
    3. An assessment plan will be developed for each type of instruction in order to continually improve instruction. 
      bulletFor credit student end of course evaluations will be evaluated annually and revised as needed (team,  Spring 2003).
      bullet SNAP orientation training will be provided (Team, Summer 2002).
    4. Program assessment will be directly related to the goals and objectives of the program
    5. The following tools will be used to assess the information literacy program.
      bullet Assessment by Team of team activities (team, ongoing).
      bulletAssessment of faculty through the Evaluation Criteria: Instruction Service (University Librarian, annual review)
      bullet Team/program goals and objectives (team and Carol)
      bulletTeam annual report (Carol and team)
      bulletIncluding data from the following sources:
      bulletenrollment data from Staars
      bulletfrom TBE (on exams)
      bulletfrom team data form
      bulletfrom  FAR's.
      bulletGraduating seniors survey (WSU Assessment committee)
      bulletAs 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.



State/Regional Presentations
bulletHansen Carol, Eve Tallman and Sally Patrick, Planning Priorities for Serving Online and Distance Learners: A Dialogue for Academic and Public Librarians, Utah Library Association Annual Conference, Sandy, Utah, May 9, 2003.
bulletSpiegel, Shaun, Fran Zedney and Joan Hubbard, Information Literacy Across the Curriculum at WSU (Poster) ULA Annual Conference, Sandy, UT May 8-9, 2003.

bulletNational/International Presentations
bulletHansen, Carol and Roxanne Hinds, The Matthew Shepard Scholarship: Origin, Conflict and Resolution, 7th Annual Shepard Symposium on Social Justice, University of Wyoming, Laramie Wyoming, March 27, 2003.
bulletHansen, Carol and David Eisler, Using the Best Practices Characteristics to Evaluate an Information Literacy Program. Invited presentation for Best Practices in Information Literacy: Assessing Your Program preconference held at the Association of College and Research Libraries conference in Charlotte, North Carolina April 10, 2003.
bullet Hansen, Carol and Catherine Zublin, Integrating Information Literacy into Theatre, Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, January 12-15, 2003, Honolulu, Hawaii. [This presentation was accepted, but we declined to present due to the expense and time needed to attend] 
bulletOn Campus Presentations
bulletHansen, Carol, Academic Advisors Series: Interdisciplinary Efforts from Stewart Library, April 3, 2003
bulletHansen, Carol, Academic Advisors Series: Core Requirements at WSU, February 6, 2003
bulletSpiegel, Shaun, Designing Effective Assignments in your Discipline, TLF, October 14, 2002. 


bulletJaNae and Shaun have received funding for a grant relating to GIS resources from WSU HETI. JaNae has received another GIS related grant form MPLA 
bulletThe 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.

This annual report was last updated on 01/31/2004 . Please send comments to Carol Hansen, Professor and Instruction Services Librarian