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Sunday, April 28 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
Librarian/Faculty Collaboration in Teaching and Assessing Information Literacy Across the Curriculum: Successes and Challenges

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Sponsored by Kimbrough Library, Ringling College of Art and Design


Sue Maberry, Director of Library  and Instructional Technology, Otis College of Art and Design

Debra Ballard, English faculty and Chair of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Otis College of Art and Design

Parme Giuntini, Art Historian and Director of Art History, Otis College of Art and Design

Moderator: Jennifer Friedman, Instruction and Research Services Librarian, Verman Kimbrough Memorial Library, Ringling College of Art + Design

At Otis College of Art and Design, Information Literacy became an important learning objective
more than 15 years ago. Initially librarians made one-shot research presentations and, for a time, taught a one-unit course. Over the years, the leadership of the Library and the Liberal Arts and Sciences department developed a strong collaborative relationship, one that allowed us to refine our teaching practices and embed instruction in courses. The Library and core faculty worked together to identify specific outcomes and develop curriculum modules (including assignments and online tutorials) that addressed research needed in courses. Over the past five years we have observed significant shifts in how students are defining, finding, and using information. This, along with Information Literacy’s identification as one of the five core accreditation competencies renewed our efforts to assess and improve the program. Through continual discussions and evaluation, we concluded that more work was needed. In fall of 2011 we initiated two new embedded Information Literacy modules, "Guided Research" and an I-Search Paper in core courses. What we have discovered is that along with the wealth of research help available on the Library website, it was also effective to allot sufficient library time for supervised hands-on research. None of this would be possible without the collaborative working relationship between the library and faculty. Each of us will share needs, obstacles, successes, and continuing challenges from our own disciplinary perspective about how interdisciplinary collaboration has benefited our programs.

Sunday April 28, 2013 11:00am - 12:00pm
Conference Center 107

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