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Collaboration using LibGuides in a Social Studies Methods Class. Larissa Garcia Assistant Professor, University Library & Dr. Charles Tocci Assistant Professor of Secondary Education National Louis University Chicago, IL. Outline. Overview of Collaboration A Faculty P erspective

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collaboration using libguides in a social studies methods class

Collaboration using LibGuides in a Social Studies Methods Class

Larissa GarciaAssistant Professor, University Library


Dr. Charles TocciAssistant Professor of Secondary Education

National Louis University

Chicago, IL

  • Overview of Collaboration
  • A Faculty Perspective
  • Education of Pre-Service Social Studies Teachers: Our Collaboration
  • Broader Implications & Suggested Entry Points
types of faculty librarian collaboration
Types of Faculty/Librarian Collaboration
  • Department Liaisons/Subject Specialists
  • Library research sessions
  • Consultation on the development of assignments
  • Increased involvement in course goals and course development
collaboration the faculty perspective
Collaboration: The Faculty Perspective
  • Competing Interests & Limited Time
  • Limited Leverage
    • Conservative production of faculty
    • Limited emphasis in accreditation
  • Inflated sense of efficacy
  • Unfamiliarity with Librarians’ Work
a problem driven endeavor
A Problem-Driven Endeavor
  • Collaboration with librarian must address identified, persistent, and vexing problems experienced by faculty in interests of high priority.
  • Common focal point
    • Adjusting to the ongoing explosion in production of and access to information.
problems in the academic field
Problems in the Academic Field
  • Occurring in three facets of academic work
    • Changes in the size and scope of fields
    • Changes in methods and analysis
    • Changes in publication and dissemination
  • Bears directly on teaching that is a curated, educative sequence of activities intended to bring students into a discipline or practice
problems in curriculum teaching
Problems in Curriculum & Teaching
  • Occur in three phases of teaching
    • Planning & Preparation
    • Classroom Instruction
    • Assignments & Assessments
pre service social studies teacher education
Pre-Service Social Studies Teacher Education
  • SEC518 – Methods in Secondary Social Studies course
    • How can SS teachers efficiently & effectively learn about unfamiliar topics they will teach?
    • How can SS teachers create resource-rich & immersive learning experiences?
    • How can SS teachers teach relevant, current research and argumentation skills?
    • How can my students do better coursework?
our collaboration social studies methods
Our Collaboration: Social Studies Methods
  • What does our collaboration entail?
    • Unit Design Project that builds in information literacy requirements
    • Two 90-minute sessions with librarian
    • LibGuide as enduring resource:
observed results for faculty member
Observed Results: For Faculty member
  • Qualities of instructional units (compared to non-collaborating course sections)
    • On average, double number of primary source texts used
    • On average, triple number of audio-visual material used
  • Encourages pre-service teachers to partner with librarians
    • Know of 2 who have sought out librarians during student-teaching
  • Carry over into early career?
observed results for librarians
Observed Results: For Librarians
  • Use of LibGuide
    • Student emails
    • LG usage stats
  • Invited to department meeting
  • More requests for library instruction & LibGuides
libguide usage statistics
LibGuide Usage Statistics
  • April 2010: SEC 518 library sessions (Spring Term begins in April, ends in June)
  • Jan/Feb 2011: SEC 518 library sessions* (Winter Term begins in Jan, ends in Mar)
  • April 2011: SEC 518 library sessions*, CIS 480 library sessions (2 sections)

*library sessions conducted by Marisa Walstrum, Instructor, Chicago Campus Library

collaboration possible entry points
Collaboration: Possible Entry Points
  • Identify IL-related problem in the discipline
  • Translate information literacy concepts into the language of the discipline & student outcomes
  • Use existing structures/standards to build ties between disciplines and the library
possible entry points continued
Possible Entry Points…continued
  • Share new resources available in the field
  • Build social & collegial relationships with faculty
taking stock of potential entry points
Taking Stock of Potential Entry Points

Take 5 minutes and jot down the potential entry points you can pursue in your college.

  • Problems in Field & Teaching
  • Translating Concepts
  • Existing Structures/Standards
  • New Resources
  • Social & Collegial Relationships

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