NELIG Meeting - 2/9/2001
February 9, 2001
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences -- Worcester
Associate Dean, Dr. Ron DeBellis, welcomed the group to the MCP/HS Worcester campus. There were a few announcements: mention of the spring ACRL/NE meeting in Connecticut and the ongoing work on the NELIG web page.Kendall Hobbs from Wesleyan gave a presentation on "Major-Focused Information Literacy Instruction" As Kendall explained, for a variety of reasons, the stage at which students begin studying in their recently selected majors can offer a prime opportunity for in-depth information literacy instruction. Kendall discussed some of the educational and psychological theories related to why this is an optimal time for literacy instruction. He particularly focused on the theories of William Perry (Perry, W.G. (1970). Forms of intellectual and ethical development in the college years: A scheme. New York: Holt, Rinehart, & Winston.) as well as mentioning other theorists who have published on the development of learning styles in college students. Finally, he explained how the librarians at Wesleyan based on this theoretical foundation, are using major-related sources and topics for teaching general information literacy. Kendall described some of the ways his team works with faculty to incorporate this instruction into the curriculum for their department's majors. His PowerPoint slides will soon be available as a link from the NELIG web site, which he maintains.
A lively discussion followed Kendall's talk. Some of the topics were:
Some suggestions were:
On another topic, there was discussion about a staff development initiative at Yale. The program is an effort to develop common competencies for all library staff. The library staff has organized a series of workshops aimed at creating expert users within all library teams. These workshops are taught by library staff to other library staff. Rather than use WebComm software for these sessions, two instructors alternate teaching and roving the classroom to provide assistance.
At this point the group broke into three smaller groups: NELIG website development, assessment and program committee.
Website: Kendall Hobbs, the webmaster, has agreed to redesign the website and update its content. He welcomes ideas and comments from NELIG members. Others who joined his group at the meeting were Sue McMullen, Lynne Fors, Joan Reitz, and Vicki Litzinger. Plans for the website include providing links to the presentations given at NELIG meetings. Instead of trying to create a new listing of information literacy web sites, the group has decided to link to a few other well-developed compilations. There are also plans to offer an occasional column on a topic of interest to instruction librarians. The URL is: http://www.acrlnec.org/sigs/nelig/index.htm
Program Committee: Anna Litten reported that the program is set for Friday, June 1 at Brandeis College in Waltham, MA. Judy Pinnolis has done a great deal of work making arrangements for us at Brandeis. Anna has solicited presentations from readers of several listservs with the following announcement:
From Surfing to Research: Teaching and Learning from Generation Y" which will be held at Brandeis University in Waltham, MA on Friday, June 1, 2001. This one day program will focus on many aspects of library instruction for modern learners, such as: learning styles for visual thinkers; active learning techniques to use in the classroom; evaluation of library instruction programs; and other topics that relate to information literacy. Speakers and panel presenters will be allotted approximately 20 minutes, with ample time for questions and discussion following each presentation. If you are interested in presenting at NELIG's program, please submit a one-page proposal to Anna Litten at email@example.com by March 9, 2001.
The program committee is hoping to find a keynote speaker from outside the library world who may broaden our perspective on the new generation of students and their particular learning issues. A number of people have made great suggestions on finding keynote speakers. Laura Lidano from Simmons has volunteered to help out with this, and Beth Lindsay has been roped in. The program committee will be handing out a bibliography of articles relating to this topic at the program. John Degon and Peter Giodano have volunteered to start collecting articles.
Assessment Working Group: This subgroup spent some time trying to decide on whether to focus on assessment of instruction or the broader issue of assessment of a library, its services, programs, etc. The group decided to at least start with the narrower focus of assessment of instruction and then broaden that to the larger topic at a later date if desired. The membership of two librarians from graduate schools of education (Carol Gordon, Boston University and Esme DeVault, Wheelock) brings a larger perspective to the topic. With these two as leaders, we plan to do some research on assessment in other disciplines such as education and business, and report back to each other at our next meeting on different methods which may not have been considered in the library arena. A proposed goal for the group would be to offer a presentation on the topic of assessment to a NELIG meeting during the next academic year. An informal email distribution list for the group has been started to foster the sharing of ideas.
|Mary MacDonald||URI- Kingstonfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Esme DeVault||Wheelock Collegeemail@example.com|
|Vicki Litzinger||Pine Manor Collegefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Patty Durisin||Simmons Collegeemail@example.com|
|Rachael Shea||Clark Universityfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Irene Walch||Clark Universityemail@example.com|
|Veronica Maher||Roger Williamsfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Ed Bailey||Providence Collegeemail@example.com|
|Peter Giordano||Williams Collegefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Beth Lindsay||U Mass Dartmouthemail@example.com|
|Mary Adams||U Mass Dartmouthfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Julie Whelan||Mass. Coll of Pharmacyemail@example.com|
|Marilyn Steinberg||Mass Coll of Pharmacyfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Rebecca Berg||Mass Coll of Pharmacy -Wemail@example.com|
|Sue McMullen||Roger Williams Ufirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Nick Welchman||E. Conn. Stateemail@example.com|
|Melissa Behney||E. Conn Statefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Kendall Hobbs||Wesleyan Uemail@example.com|
|Ann Grandmaison||N. Essex Com. Coll.||firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Patty Pocaro||Holy Crossemail@example.com|
|John Degon||E. Conn Statefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Joan Reitz||W. Conn Stateemail@example.com|
|Kathy Gehring||Conn. Collegefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Beth Hansen||Conn. Collegeemail@example.com|
|Ashley Hanson||Conn. Collegefirstname.lastname@example.org|
Julie Whelan, Secretary