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Reeling in the Faculty Baiting the Information Literacy Hook. Prof. Patricia Wittberg, Dept. of Sociology Polly Boruff-Jones, Assoc Dean, University Library Kathleen Hanna, Associate Librarian Jaena Hollingsworth, Assistant Librarian

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Reeling in the faculty baiting the information literacy hook

Reeling in the Faculty Baiting the Information Literacy Hook

Prof. Patricia Wittberg, Dept. of Sociology

Polly Boruff-Jones, Assoc Dean, University Library

Kathleen Hanna, Associate Librarian

Jaena Hollingsworth, Assistant Librarian

William Orme, Associate Librarian


Have you met these students

Have you met these students?

  • “There isn’t anything on my topic.”

  • “I can’t go to the library because . . .

    . . . it’s too far away.”

    . . . the building is big and confusing.”

    . . . I don’t have time.”

  • “I did use resources from the library, but all they have is stuff that’s older than I am.”

  • “But Time, Newsweek, and Wikipedia are reliable sources. All my friends say so.”

  • “What do you mean by ‘citing my sources’?”

Tackle Box of Tips

Try using a quiz, story, or other ice-breaker to get your faculty’s attention in a meeting or presentation. It’s effective even if they already know the (unfortunate) answers. Misery does love company.


The fishing trip our itinerary

The Fishing TripOur Itinerary

  • Leveraging current levels of engagement

  • The Information Literacy Strategy Group

  • Pat’s epiphany

  • The giant tackle box of tips!


Leveraging current levels of engagement

Leveraging current levels of engagement

Traditional librarian engagement @ IUPUI

  • Subject liaisons

  • Writing/speech courses

  • First year experience courses

  • Additional classroom instruction

  • Dept./campus level committees

  • Center for Teaching & Learning

  • Campus-level faculty governance

Tackle Box of Tips

Start where you are: identify areas in which you’re already engaged with faculty and the curriculum.

Seek out other campus structures and initiatives that support collaboration.


The il strategy group

The IL Strategy Group

  • Creating our Mission Statement and Goals

  • Developing our customized competencies vs. ACRL Standards

  • Finding a crowbar

  • Mapping to IUPUI Principles of Undergraduate Learning

Tackle Box of Tips

Have a non-stakeholder in your group. It’s helpful to have an objective person who can tell it like it is. It may not always be what you want to hear, but that’s a good thing.

Tie your work to your campus’s mission statement or academic standards.


Pat s epiphany

Pat’s Epiphany

  • Seeing the light at the American Sociological Association Conference

  • Things I’ve learned

  • Suggestions for working with faculty

Tackle Box of Tips

Learn to think about Information Literacy from a faculty perspective. What do faculty see as the issues?

Help identify barriers to faculty involvement (not enough time, need ideas they can use in the classroom, etc.) and work together to overcome them.


Reeling in the faculty baiting the information literacy hook

Seeing the light at the American Sociological Association Conference

Or How I Developed my Information Literacy Obsession

  • Discontent with students’ efforts

  • Early solo attempts at promoting research skills

  • ASA Conference workshop on Information Literacy

  • Getting the ball rolling

  • Collaborative efforts


Reeling in the faculty baiting the information literacy hook

Things I’ve learned

  • From the current state of instruction at IUPUI

  • What interests faculty about Information Literacy

  • Overcoming barriers to faculty involvement

    • Changing technologies

    • Availability of IL-related teaching materials

    • Institutional incentives

    • TIME!!


Reeling in the faculty baiting the information literacy hook

My suggestions for working with faculty

  • ACRL workshops at discipline-specific professional association meetings and conferences

  • Scout out interested faculty

  • Locate institutional incentives

  • Publicize teaching tools and resources


Reeling in the faculty baiting the information literacy hook

More Tools from the Giant Tackle Box of Tips!


Reeling in the faculty baiting the information literacy hook

  • Find a faculty champion

  • Make it relevant

    • Focus on faculty concerns

    • Be concrete

  • Make it easy

  • Combine efforts

  • Present at campus conferences  

  • Attend discipline-specific conferences


Reeling in the faculty baiting the information literacy hook

  • Look for other opportunities that might support IL integration, such as accreditation reviews

  • Create a collaborative online space or repository for documentation , sample assignments, and other materials

  • Consider hosting town hall meetings or open forums on your campus


Reeling in the faculty baiting the information literacy hook

  • Investigateallopportunities for faculty collaboration on your campus, such as:

  • Faculty governance committees

    • Academic Affairs

    • Undergraduate Curriculum Advisory Committee

    • School/department library committees

  • Community of Practice

  • Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

  • Consortium for Learning and Scholarship (teaching,

  • research, learning)


  • Share the tips in your tackle box

    Share the tips in your tackle box


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