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									 The Information Literacy
       Professional
                Ellen Breen
Sub-Librarian, Head of Information & Public Services
                  IATUL Seminar
    Munich, November 30 – December 1, 2010
       Presentation Overview
• Information Literacy Education: Current
  Context
• Organisational Structure for IL
• Information Literacy in DCU…
• Qualifications and skills required
• The future……
Context: Information Literacy Education

• Emphasis on student-centred learning
• Retention issues and improving the first-
  year student experience and overall
  academic standards (Plagiarism)
• Information seeking behaviour studies
  highlight the need for IL support
• Lifelong learning and employability
• Demand
Context: Information Literacy Education
Claire McGuinness, Lecturer, SILS (Lilac, 2009)
• Librarians understand the importance of IL
• Librarians understand how students seek
  information, and what difficulties they experience in
  the process
• Librarians have a long history of teaching (19th
  Century)
• Librarians are information experts
• Other stakeholders (e.g. Academics) are not in a
  position to teach IL
User Information Behaviour Studies

“Information literacies,
including searching,
retrieving, critically
evaluating information
from a range of
appropriate sources
and also attributing it
– represent a
significant and
growing deficit
area.”
User Information Behaviour Studies
“There is an identifiable
need for training, support
and improved systems to
help people find the
information they need”

“Students need more
guidance and clarity on
how to find content and
how to assess its worth
as well as its relevance”
             IL in the Workplace
A study of SMEs in the UK, estimated that employees spend 6.4
hours a week looking for information.

37% of searches are unsuccessful, equating to £3.7 billion in
wasted time each year. (DeSaulles, 2007)



DCU graduate student and GMID
Business Community
   Organisational Structure for IL
• Typically a
  Subject/Liaison Librarian
  Model
  – ‘Teaching’ Role


• Role of Subject Librarian
  itself is
  changing/expanding
• “Something’s gotta give”?
  (Reference Desk)
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          Case Study
Information Literacy for Engineers
 Delivery: Classes, Workshops, Online
           Learning Support
• Presentations, workshops,
  demonstrations
• Collaborative group work
  where practicable!
• VLE support (resources,
  forums etc)
• Online Tutorials, Quizzes
• Classroom response
  systems (CRS)
      Cross-Institutional Project
• Sharing expertise, resources in challenging
  times!
• MyRI (Measuring Your Research Impact)
  – Online tutorial and learning materials to support
    bibliometrics and research assessment awareness
    and training
  – ‘National Digital Learning Resource’ funded project
  – All materials will be available in the open access
    NDLR repository
  – Using Articulate software
IL Developments Aligned to DCU Strategy
  Learning Innovation Strategy (2006-2008)
     Develop a distinct learning environment which will result in
      ….”students with a high level of information literacy”
     Actions under “support for new learners” and “online support”




     New Implementation Plan – Objective relating to ‘facilitating
      the transition to higher education’ with specific action points
      relating to a first year programme audit of study skills
      (including IL skills)

     Graduate Attributes….
        Expert Defined Standards
ACRL Standards for               – Information literacy
                                   integration skills
Proficiencies for Instruction
                                 – Instructional design skills
Librarians and Coordinators
                                 – Leadership skills
(2008)                           – Planning skills
                                 – Presentation skills
   – Administrative skills       – Promotion skills
   – Assessment and evaluation   – Subject expertise
     skills                      – Teaching skills
   – Communication skills        – Technical skills
   – Curriculum knowledge        – Project Management Skills
                                 – Academic Writing
            Training Needs….
 “Lack of a consistent teacher identity among
 academic librarians may hinder their effectiveness in
 meeting these expanding instructional
 responsibilities in a changing organisational
 environment” (Walter, 2008, p.65)
• ‘Teaching Librarians’ must be supported
  with adequate training opportunities to
  build confidence and skills
     Training for Successful IL Delivery

• 3 day ‘Teaching and
  Learning’ event for Subject
  Librarian team

• HR training events
  – Communication/presentation/
    project management skills


• Learning Innovation Unit
  events
       Training for Successful IL Delivery
• ANLTC (Academic & National
  Libraries Training Cooperative)
   – e.g. ‘Writing for academic publishing’

• Conferences/Seminars
   – LILAC
   – CONUL ACIL annual seminar

• Library School Module: ‘The
  Teaching Librarian’

• PG Certs in third level t&l
• Masters programmes in HE, E-
  learning
        Importance of the ‘Teaching’
              Librarian Role
• Our university is better informed about how we ‘add value’
  (Faculty T&L Committees etc)
   – Strengthens and enhances the role of the library on campus

McGuinness, C. 2010
• Librarians who teach can develop a better relationship with
  students/users, with all-round benefits
• Librarians’ involvement with teaching can lead to greater
  insight into academic life, and better collegial relationships
• Librarians’ status in institution enhanced
                 Future….
• Demand for more online learning
  support for information literacy
• Increased collaboration
  – On campus e.g. Learning Support Staff
  – Increased cross-institutional collaboration
• Appropriate ongoing training and
  support is essential
 Questions?

ellen.breen@dcu.ie
                       References
DeSaulles, M. 2007. Information literacy amongst UK SME: an information
policy gap. Aslib Proceedings 59(1) pp. 68-79.


Katz, Haras & Blaszczski 2010. Does Business Writing require information
literacy? Business Communication Quarterly, 73 (2) pp. 135-149.


McGuinness, C. 2010. Teaching Librarians or Librarians who Teach?
Teacher identity among academic librarians. Librarians' Information Literacy
Annual Conference (LILAC), Limerick , 29-MAR-10 - 31-MAR-10.


Walter, S. (2008). Librarians as teachers: A qualitative inquiry into
professional identity. College & Research Libraries, 69(1), pp.51-71.

								
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