NELIG Meeting - 8/10/2001
Friday August 10, 2001
University of Rhode Island, Providence
Number attending: 21
Esme DeVault the current chair called the meeting to order
and introduced our speaker, Patricia Flanagan from MIT. Pat gave a presentation,
"Ask Us! -- Live: real-time online reference in the MIT libraries".
She described the planning, selection of a product, testing and implementation
of a virtual reference service at MIT. Librarians attending the program peppered
Pat with questions and described similar programs at other libraries. Since
NELIG is an instruction group, participants were particularly interested in how
such a service could tie into instruction efforts.
After a short break, a summary of the Annual NELIG program
held this past June was given. 110 librarians attended the event held at
Brandeis. The majority of respondents rated the program a 4 or 5 (the highest
ratings) on their evaluation forms. There was much positive feedback from the
Esme solicited topics for future programs as well as going
over topics suggested on the evaluation forms. Some of the suggestions were:
team teaching, teaching students with disabilities, instructing faculty,
techniques which can be used for assessment, the role of administration in
supporting information literacy, effective teaching techniques, partnering with
high schools, beyond the first year experience, non-traditional students,
partnering with faculty, effective teaching in computer classrooms and/or how to
get out of the computer lab. Much of the program planning will take place on the
NELIG listserv or from the NELIG web site.
In other announcements:
A new special interest group for ACRL has started called LOCI. This group will focus on the library use of courseware such as Blackboard's CourseInfo or WebCT. Their next meeting is scheduled for September 26 at Boston College.
The ACRL/NE fall program is scheduled for November 9 at UMass Boston. The topic has yet to be decided.
NELA will hold a meeting September 30 -- October 2 in Burlington, VT.
The next NELIG meeting is tentatively set for November 16.
Peer observation teams are a new NELIG initiative. We hope
to form small regional groups to observe each other teach. These groups will
probably be best organized through the listserv. It is hoped that 1 or 2 groups
will be able to report back by the November meeting and explain how this effort
Carol Gordon described work she is doing at BU. With funds from an internal grant, she is working with the Instructional Technology department to develop an electronic tutorial titled "Show Me". The focus of the effort is to develop a program, which is self-diagnostic, self-directed, and self-assessed. FlashÒ software is being used and Wilson has given permission for incorporation of their databases. The finished tutorial will be a required component of a course.
At Emerson College the use of a pre-library instruction activity has been successful. Students complete a card on their research topic and then this card is used as a basis for their next class in the library.
The University of Massachusetts system is creating a digital library for all of its distance education students. Students from all 5 campuses will use this collection. There are many difficulties still to be solved especially related to licensing, staffing, etc.
A portion of the group then walked to the Providence Public
Library for a tour conducted by Shirley Long, Assistant Director for Library
Julie Whelan, Secretary