Conference Presentations 2009

Following is a link to the page on this blog that contains links to all of the presentations received, thus far, from our 2009 Conference presenters:

https://valenews.wordpress.com/conference-presentations/

Note: this link is also accessible on the menu on the  upper right corner.

Please feel free to read, download and comment on these documents.

We will add more presentations to the blog as we receive them. The Conference Committee is editing the video files and we will post those as they are finished.

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Assessing Information Literacy Outcomes, Part 1 (Internal Experiences)

I attended Assessing Information Literacy Outcomes, Part 1 – Learning from Some Internal Experiences on Friday at the VALE Conference, hosted by Jacqui DaCosta of the VALE Shared Information Literacy Committee.

To recap, there were brief presentations from four institutions:
1) Camden County College
-Collaboration between the library and the biology department has existed since 2003 in the form of information literacy goals written into the curriculum for Biology 111. The curriculum outlines objectives that apply to a specific assignment related to scientific literature, and includes student outcomes.

2) New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT)
-Working with humanities/general education, librarians created a rubric to score research papers on factors such as citing sources, evidence of research, appropriateness, and integration. This program required readers to perform the assessment, but HUM101 has subsequently made information literacy 10% of the grade.

3) Rutgers-Camden
-Created a ‘home-grown’ rubric in the writing program. This involved a research notebook, and focused on the bibliography in the 12 steps of writing a paper. The goal was to translate into numbers students’ written work.

4) William Paterson University
-In a “Literacy, Technology & Instruction” class, students were assigned to interview a school librarian. Students used some prepared questions and then had to present results. This taught them not only about librarians but got them thinking about information more generally.

Having attended the second session as well (Assessing Information Literacy Outcomes, Part 2 – Learning from Some External Experiences), I find it interesting to see the different approaches to information literacy assessment. Home-grown assessment programs often seem to be extremely relevant to student information literacy, but they cannot provide a consistent ‘score’ to be used across institutions. Also, the library’s value to the institution in terms of successful information literacy instruction may not be brought to the forefront — It can be  difficult to demonstrate the library’s quantitative benefits when it’s ultimately the faculty who are responsible for making information literacy part of their student assessment.

In some ways it seems more straightforward to have students take a test when they start a program, provide information literacy instruction for them, then have them take another test when they complete the program, and subsequently be able to show in hard numeric terms an improvement (presumably!). But such an abstract test of information literacy is difficult to create, and there is also a question of how to motivate students to take a test seriously if they receive no grade or credit for doing so.

From my perspective, assessments integrated into curricula are sufficient to at least meet ACRL’s Information Literacy Competency Standards, and collaborative tools such as the VALE Online Information Literacy Archive (VOILA) will be very useful for librarians to share ideas and best practices.

(Disclosure: I’m a Reference and Instruction Librarian at Camden County College, & so my thinking may be influenced by working there. Also I’m rather a new librarian, & so there may be some holes in my understanding of information literacy.)

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VALE Conference 2009 Video

A brief video overview of the conference, produced by the Website Committee member Barbara Arnett (Steven’s Institute, Hoboken):

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Poster Session: The Library Component of First Year Seminar: What Do the Students Think?

The Library Component of First Year Seminar: What Do the Students Think?

For more than a decade, the Cheng Library at William Paterson University has conducted hundreds of library instruction sessions for the University’s First Year Seminar (FYS). Yet the librarians had little idea of what the students really thought about these sessions, and what they learned.

Last fall, the Library conducted a study of 13 sections of FYS and resulted in 157 usable student responses. The study was conducted in a pre-test and post-test format completed by the students before and after the library session. The results provided insights into both the affective and cognitive domains of the first-year students and the students’ reactions to the library sessions. This poster session will cover some of the highlights of this study.

Presenters

Susan Sabatino, Reference Librarian, Email: sabatinos@wpunj.edu
Nancy Weiner, User Education Librarian, Email: weinern@wpunj.edu
Kathy Malanga, Assistant Director, Email: malangak@wpunj.edu
Cheng Library, William Paterson University

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Poster Session: Virtual Conferencing Using NJEdge-Marratech

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This session will be a demonstration of the use of Marratech for video conferencing. VALE committees and sub-committees can easily meet online during inclement weather or when scheduling a face-to-face meeting is impossible. With easily available webcam, headset and microphone, a meeting can be initiated in minutes.

 PRESENTERS

  •  Kurt W. Wagner, Head of Library Information Systems, William Paterson University. E-mail: wagnerk@wpunj.edu
  • Denise O’Shea, Systems Librarian & Technical Support Specialist, Fairleigh Dickinson University. E-mail: oshea@fdu.edu
  • Joan Getaz, Library Director, Camden County College. E-mail: jgetaz@camdencc.edu
  • Ann Hoang, Assistant University Librarian, New Jersey Institute of Technology. E-mail: ahoang@ADM.NJIT.EDU
  • Yingting Zhang, Information & Education Librarian, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. E-mail: yzhang@umdnj.edu 

Poster Sessions: General Feedback

Please post  feedback regarding the poster sessions here.

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Poster Session: VALE Website Usability Survey Outcomes

VALE Website Usability Poster

This poster will present the results of a recent VALE website usability survey conducted as part of the process of developing a new CMS-based Drupal-powered VALE website to better serve the VALE member libraries.

PRESENTERS

• Denise O’Shea, Systems Librarian & Technical Support Specialist, Fairleigh Dickinson University. E-mail: oshea@fdu.edu
• Regina Cannizzaro, Coordinator of Technical Services, County College of Morris. E-mail: rcannizzaro@ccm.edu
• Yingting Zhang, Information & Education Librarian, University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ

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