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Imagining the Future. Creating a Shared Vision for Information Literacy in Washington Seattle - April 9, 2004 Carol Hansen Professor and Instruction Services Librarian Stewart Library, Weber State University, Ogden UT. Welcome!. Today’s Schedule Introductions Handouts PowerPoint

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Imagining the future

Imagining the Future

Creating a Shared Vision

for Information Literacy in Washington

Seattle - April 9, 2004

Carol Hansen

Professor and Instruction Services Librarian

Stewart Library, Weber State University, Ogden UT


  • Today’s Schedule

  • Introductions

  • Handouts

    • PowerPoint

    • Best Practices

    • Kuhlthau article excerpt (Agents)

    • Web Gallery

Today s objectives
Today’s Objectives

Participants will be able to:

  • Visualize goals for building information literacy plans, outcomes, programs and partnerships

  • Be familiar with best practices trends and models

  • Be more familiar with terminology

  • Understand the scope and activities of the LSTA grant

Another important goal make it manageable
Another Important Goal:Make it Manageable

  • Many models for IL programs

  • Each institution needs to find its own way

  • All student learning and IL progress is good


  • Visioning

  • Best Practices

  • Information Literacy Across the Curriculum: Models and Trends

    Discussion “post its” will be summarized and added to Web Gallery

Be thinking about
Be Thinking About…

  • The big picture today…

  • What kinds of graduates do you want?

  • What kinds of programs will produce these graduates?

  • Be reflective

  • Leave your problems back on earth…

Et today s metaphor
ET: Today’s Metaphor

  • We are all strangers in a strange land “In America”

  • Embrace our uniqueness

  • With the help of a few special friends…

Small group process
Small Group Process

At your tables, assign (and rotate) the following roles

  • Facilitator

  • Recorder

  • Presenter

  • Artist

Don t be afraid of new or different ideas terms concepts
Don’t be afraid of new or different ideas, terms, concepts

Ask questions, pose comments at any time

International definition of il
International Definition of IL

“Information Literacy encompasses knowledge of one’s information concerns and needs, and the ability to identify, locate, evaluate, organize and effectively create, use and communicate information to address issues or problems at hand; it is a prerequisite for participating effectively in the Information Society, and is part of the basic human right of life long learning.” - Prague Declaration

Web Gallery Exhibit

A picture tells a thousand words
A Picture Tells a Thousand Words

What does the ideal IL program or plan for your college look like?

Visioning exercise
Visioning Exercise

Individually draw a picture of the ideal IL plan or program at your college

  • This should be symbolic, not realistic, abstract is good, no words

  • Picture your graduates and your IL program

    • What are your inputs and outcomes

  • Focus on perfection, this is a fantasy!

    • There are no problems with funding, staffing, etc.

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Visioning Exercise

As a group, create a group drawing on the large post it notes

  • Take the best ideas/elements of each individual drawing and make it into a new big drawing

    • Remember, this should be symbolic, abstract is good

    • Picture your graduates and your IL program

  • Focus on perfection, this is a fantasy!

  • Be creative!! Let’s see IL in a new light

  • Group presentations – describe your ideal program

Strengths and challenges
Strengths and Challenges

From the “Ideal Vision”

  • What are we/you already doing well?

    • Each group list at least 3 things

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Strengths and Challenges

From the “Ideal Vision” - What are our challenges?

  • List 3 items/issues

  • …and any thoughtson opportunities?

Who s on your il team
Who’s on your IL team?

  • Who is pictured in your ideal vision?

  • Who might be missing or forgotten?

  • What are our roles and their roles?

    • Change agent

    • Collaboration agent

Kuhlthau study
Kuhlthau Study

13,000 students can’t be wrong

  • 99.4 percent of students in grades 3 to 12 believe school libraries and their services help them become better learners.

  • Library as “dynamic agent of learning”

Web Gallery Exhibit

Kuhlthau study1
Kuhlthau Study

“The eight characteristics can be used as a strategic road map for school librarians who want to place a stronger emphasis on instruction and learning in their programs.”

Kuhlthau study2
Kuhlthau Study

The eight characteristics include describing librarians as:

  • Literacy Development Agents

  • Knowledge Construction Agents

  • Academic Achievement Agents

  • Technological Literacy Agents

  • And more…

Kuhlthau study what are our roles
Kuhlthau Study: What are our roles?

Small group discussion

  • Review handout

  • How can we, working in the community and technical college setting, use these roles as models to expand IL learning plans and programs?

    • As agents and (provocateurs?)

    • As collaborators?

    • As library faculty, directors, or as staff?


After the break, please try to sit with or very near others from your institution

Folding the perfect visions into best practices
Folding the Perfect Visions into Best Practices…

  • ACRL Best Practices for IL Programs

  • Best Practices Models

Web Gallery Exhibit

Acrl il best practices
ACRL IL Best Practices

  • Real title =

  • “Characteristics of Programs of Information Literacy that Illustrate Best Practices: A Guideline”

Web Gallery Exhibit

Il best practices


Goals and Objectives


Administrative and Institutional Support

Articulation with Curriculum






IL Best Practices

Best practices mission
Best Practices: Mission

  • Wartburg’s model

  • IL Program Mission:

    • Put it on the Web

    • Share it widely

Web Gallery Exhibit

Best practices goals and objectives
Best Practices: Goals and Objectives

  • Weber State

    • The Best Practices ARE our annual goals and Objectives

  • SUNY Albany

    • Reflects the Middle States Commission Guidelines

Web Gallery Exhibit

Best practices planning
Best Practices: Planning

  • How is information literacy driven (or not) by librarians?

  • How can/does assessment drive planning?

Best practices program planning
Best Practices: Program Planning


  • What is your planning process?

  • Planning is necessary for program evaluation

  • Student centered




Assess & Evaluate

Best practices administrative support
Best Practices: Administrative Support

Small group discussion

How does/will your IL program grow?

  • How much of your IL program development is top down?

  • How much is bottom up or sideways?

  • How do you get and keep support?

  • Several groups will report out

Best practices collaboration
Best Practices: Collaboration

  • Stakeholders

  • Strategies

Best practices outreach
Best Practices: Outreach

  • Focus on enhanced communication

  • Clear message defining and describing program

    • James Madison

  • Use a variety of outreach channels

  • Responsibility of all members of the institution

    • Seattle Central

Web Gallery Exhibit

Outreach opportunities
Outreach Opportunities

Small group discussion

  • What are some of the best ways or strategies you have used, or could use, to develop outreach activities, formal and informal?

Best practices assessment
Best Practices: Assessment

Learning Outcomes Assessment

  • Many different methods and styles

    • Minneapolis Community College

  • Knowledge and attitudes

  • Data is good: How has learning increased?

Web Gallery Exhibit

Best practices assessment1
Best Practices: Assessment

Programmatic Evaluation

  • What improvements have been made?

  • What goals have been met?

  • What integrations, collaborations achieved?

Il across the curriculum
IL Across the Curriculum

  • Many ways to enhance learning…

  • Can be called other things

  • Many curricular strategies and models to pick and choose from

  • IL, like writing, requires repeated experiences

Ilac at weber state
ILAC At Weber State

Case Study

  • English 2010 and FYE

  • General Education

  • Core Requirement (lower division)

    • Course or exam

  • Course integrated (lower and upper division)

  • Many partners, library driven

Web Gallery Exhibit

Ilac models
ILAC Models

Required, librarian taught, module(s) within

  • Core English or writing course - most common

  • First Year Experience Course

  • Specific courses in major or program

  • Capstone course in major

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ILAC Models

IL in General Education

  • Wartburg

    • The five courses in the Wartburg Plan of Essential Education (required Gen Ed) have mandated information literacy components

    • Information literacy skills are not intended to be taught in isolation but are planned to advance the goals each faculty member establishes for classroom instruction

Web Gallery Exhibit

Ilac models2
ILAC Models

Campus Wide (Computer and) Information Literacy Requirement

  • Tutorial only

  • Tutorial and exam

    • James Madison University

    • Minniapolis Community and Technical College

  • Course only

  • Course or Exam

    • Weber State

Web Gallery Exhibit

Il courses all the options
IL Courses – All the options…

  • Required courses or elective courses

    • pilot and experimental options

    • Online or traditional face to face courses

    • Hybrid - in class and online

  • Courses taught by

    • library faculty

    • discipline faculty

    • library faculty/discipline faculty teams

    • Other teams?

Ilac models3
ILAC Models

Departmental/programmatic IL

  • Discipline Faculty driven

  • Courses and/or programs

    • Defined and diffused – CSUF

Web Gallery Exhibit

Ilac models4
ILAC Models


  • Paper and/or electronic

    • Zayed University

Web Gallery Exhibit

Other models
Other Models?

  • What other models are you aware of or are you interested in?

  • The problem is…too many right answers, lots of options! Have fun!

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ILAC Models

Small group discussion

What are the advantages (and possible disadvantages) of each curricular model ?

  • Librarian taught module or session(s) within a course

  • IL infused in/across Gen Ed courses

  • Gen Ed IL required course

  • Campus requirement (tutorial, course and/or exam)

  • Departmentally designed & integrated program

  • Portfolios

  • Other… Report summary to larger group

The grant
The Grant

“Through this project, LMDC will enable librarians in the 34 community and technical colleges in Washington State to play significant roles in infusing information literacy into the curriculum and making it an integral part of the learning process.”

In conclusion
In Conclusion…

  • We are each building our bag of treats

  • Each partner will add to our bag