Stewart Library Information Literacy Team
2003/2004 Annual Report
July 1, 2003 to June 20, 2004
The Stewart Library information program
supports 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
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 assessment information in their Faculty Annual Reports.. Assessment of the English 2010 exercise has resulted in a new professionally designed exercise for each student in our most often presented information literacy sessions. The information literacy team completed over 185 course integrated sessions this year, up 27% from 2002/2003.
The following goals were met by the Information Literacy Team in the 2003-2004 academic year:
|More Internet Navigator sections and adjuncts were added in order to provide more students with more options for meeting WSU's information literacy competency requirement. In the past two years the team has nearly doubled (from 11 to 20) the number of Internet Navigator sections offered.|
|An excellent web based library instruction database was implemented in order to automatically keep track of instruction data. This was added to the faculty portal in March by Ben Barraza. Jamie Weeks has inputted the earlier data and we now have an accurate database for the entire 2003/2004 academic year. This will simplify and streamline records for faculty and increase accuracy of the data we collect.|
|The Internet Navigator curriculum has been integrated into the Web CT interface. A faculty orientation guide for teaching the Internet Navigator on Web CT for Stewart Library and adjunct faculty has been made available by Carol in order to assist with Web CT delivery. New University of Washington UWILL flash interactive tutorials have also been included by Shaun in order to increase active learning for students. Art has helped improve the section on documentation.|
|The English 2010 Exercise subcommittee (Fran, Carol and Lonna) worked with a graphic arts student to design a new 2010 exercise in order to make it more attractive and professional and to better market library services and resources to a large number of WSU students|
|A more formal partnership has been developed with Student Services in order to better integrate information literacy across the curriculum information and to better serve "college tier students." Student Services personnel were particularly interested in our 2003 summary assessment data. Carol, Shaun and Fran co-planned and delivered Internet Navigator course for Upward Bound students during June and July 2004|
|The library has formalized its support for the Undergraduate Research initiative in order to reinforce and enhance the information literacy skills of upper division students in their majors. A Web page was created for Stewart library Support for Undergraduate Research. Students applying for research funding are now required to list three relevant sources of information and are directed to ask for help from subject librarians as needed|
|The team has made numerous suggestions regarding the library Web site via WAG in order to improve the library Web site for our patrons. Some of which have been or may be implemented by Systems.|
|The information literacy competency exam has been continually improved with assistance from the TBE (Telecommunications and Business Education) department in order to better assist students. Student comments have been increasingly favorable.|
|The information literacy team has also been involved (for the last time) in the Association of Research Libraries SAILS (Standardized Assessment of Information Literacy Skills) assessment with over forty other academic libraries in order to benchmark our program. Over 350 WSU students took the SAILS test and we will get results, comparing our students' scores to students across the country, later this year|
Members of the information literacy team include Faculty: Art Carpenter, Evan Christensen, Carol Hansen, Joan Hubbard, JaNae Kinikin, Wade Kotter, Kathy Payne, Shaun Spiegel and Carey Sydney (from April 15 to July 8) and Staff: Brianna Beckstrand, Lonna Rivera, Don Trottier (beginning Spring 2004) and Fran Zedney. The annual report is compiled from minutes of team meetings and from data supplied in the Faculty Activity Reports and from 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.
Information Literacy Data
The following table illustrates the data collected on instruction sessions provided:
|Type of Instruction||2001/2002||2002/2003||
|Faculty/Staff involvement this year|
|8||@240||9||270||8||200||Kathy, JaNae, Wade, Art, Evan|
|11||@1130||18||1575||20||2125||Carol, Art, Shaun, Kathy & 5 adjuncts|
|Total for credit||21||1430||30||1913||31||2430|
|English 2010||93||2071||101||2,152||102||2,378||Art, Evan, Wade, Fran, Shaun, Carol, JaNae, Lonna, Peggy, Brianna|
|FYE||21||413||29||609||23||431||Carol, Art, Evan, Wade, Shaun, Fran, Lonna, Peggy, Ja Nae, Brianna|
|Course Integrated||132||2737||134||2419?||191||3483||Carol, Don, Evan, Fran, Kathy, Lonna Shaun, Wade, JaNae|
|Other General & Untangling the Web sessions by Library Faculty/staff||21||231||33||442||32||356||Carol, Don, Kathy, Lonna, Wade, Shaun, Fran|
|Total not for credit sessions||267||297||318|
Course Integrated Instruction by College:
|College (most instruction done by)||2001/2002||2002/2003||2003/2004||WSU % Enrollment by College|
|Total||133||134||185 (up 27%)|
|Arts and Humanities (Carol/41 and Fran/42)||45||60||83||8|
|Education (& BIS) (Evan (& Carol/2))||30||23||16||8.5|
|Social Science (Wade)||29||19||27||9.8|
|Health Professions (Shaun/13, Fran/1 & Evan/6)||3||3||20||12.6|
|Applied Science and Technology (JaNae)||5||4||6||14.8|
|Library Science (Brianna & Lonna)||6|
English 2010 and FYE sessions are excluded from the table above. The data above is collected by the Library Office Specialist or staff, from the new Library Instruction Database. Data for this report was extracted on June 20th and may change by July 1.
Information Literacy Competency Exam Data
The following table illustrates the data on exams:
|Registered||Total Retakes||Credit||Withdrew||No Credit|
|Spring 2004||434||45 (39 passes)||293||55||86|
This data is collected by Carole Lapine, TBE Department. Summer and Fall 2003 data will be added in July 2004.
The information literacy team was involved in the following scholarly activities relating to information literacy:
Lombardo, Nancy and Carol Hansen, “So Many Meetings, So Little Time: Using IP Videoconferencing to Revitalize Statewide Committees. Libres: Library and Information Science Research Electronic Journal 14.1 (March 2004).
Spiegel, S., & Kinikin, J. (2004, May). "Promoting Geographic Information System usage across campus." Computers in Libraries, 10-16.
[Submitted November 2003. Accepted for review in April 2004 and the revision is in progress awaiting instructions from the editor.] Spiegel, Shaun, Lauren Fowler and Carol Hansen, "Using Selected Assessment Data to Information Literacy Program Planning with Campus Partners" under revision, returned with comments to prepare for publication in Research Strategies. [peer reviewed]
|On Campus Presentations
|Spiegel, S. “Incorporating Information Literacy into the Accounting Curriculum: Presentation at the British Accounting Association Education Special Interest Group.” Weber State University Research, Scholarship, & Professional Growth (RS&PG), May 2004, $709.|
Our major challenge from the past two years, lack of staff, remains our largest ongoing challenge. Demand for course integrated instruction sessions has increased 27% in the past year. We have taught over 400 more students in our for credit courses this year than we did last year. Faculty across campus are increasingly interested in working with librarians to improve the information literacy skills of their students, at the basic level and in the major. Information literacy is seen as an important pedagogy to increase student learning, student writing and critical thinking. The information literacy initiative offers very strong support for the Undergraduate Research in student's upper division courses.
As demand for our program continues to grow, on all levels, we have had an extremely difficult time recruiting new faculty. With Jill's/Ruby's position still unfilled, Carey's resignation and Carol's leave of absence, the IL team is increasingly understaffed. Hiring new faculty members is critically important to maintain our goals for IL across the curriculum. Another full time position is desperately needed to meet the needs of all the colleges, especially Arts and Humanities which is the largest user of our program. The next two years offer a great opportunity for team members to share their leadership talents with the team and to hopefully bring in new faculty and staff from inside and outside the library to the continue building the Information Literacy initiative at WSU and beyond. Other major challenges for the future include working more closely with the local school districts and the Applied Technology Colleges in better training and coordination IL instruction from K-12 to college.
Another major challenge has been the continued lack of programming and graphic arts assistance within the library. We still lack on site support but we have been diligent in finding excellent assistance for graphic arts and programming from outside the library. Until December of this year the team was still required to use the insecure online SNAP student end of course evaluation system. Luckily, through finding outside assistance ( Chitester staff) we finally migrated to a new more secure online student end of course evaluation. Again this year, the library information literacy team could greatly benefit from more programming assistance. If it were available we would not have to continually hunt for outside help. We hope the 3/4 time Web development position will be able to devote time to meet some of the programming/graphics/media needs of the information literacy team.
Team Goals for 2003/2004
The new team leader will develop new goals with the team in the Fall of 2004. Previous team goals are available on the intranet and IL program page.
This annual report was last updated on 06/23/2004 . Please send comments to Carol Hansen, Professor and Instruction Services Librarian