Teaching Information Literacy Threshold Concepts Webinar Archive

The video archive of yesterday’s ACRL Presents webinar “Teaching Information Literacy Threshold Concepts: Lesson Plans for Librarians” is now available. The webinar featured a conversation with Gayle Schaub and Hazel McClure, two of the editors of the ACRL publication Teaching Information Literacy Threshold Concepts.

The webinar video is available below and on the ACRL YouTube channel.

Classroom Assessment Techniques for Librarians

Classroom Assessment Techniques for LibrariansACRL announces the publication of Classroom Assessment Techniques for Librarians. Authored by Cassandra Kvenild and Melissa Bowles-Terry, Classroom Assessment Techniques for Librarians provides the tools librarians need to quickly and meaningfully assess student knowledge in the classroom.

Kvenild and Bowles-Terry share 24 tried and true assessment tools, along with library-specific examples, to help librarians assess students’ ability to recall, analyze, and apply new knowledge. The assessment tools in Classroom Assessment Techniques for Librarians actively engage students by asking them to think, write, and reflect. Librarians can use results of these assessments as a starting point to define and measure information literacy learning outcomes as well as to improve their teaching skills and instructional design.

This collection of assessment techniques can be adapted to multiple learning environments, including traditional one-shot library instruction, online instruction, and for-credit courses. Classroom Assessment Techniques for Librarians is essential reading for academic libraries participating in instruction activities, and will prove useful to school libraries with strong information literacy programs, as well as library and information school collections.

Classroom Assessment Techniques for Librarians is available for purchase in print, as an e-book, and as a print/ e-book bundle through the ALA Online Store; in print and for Kindle through Amazon.com; and by telephone order at (866) 746-7252 in the U.S. or (770) 442-8633 for international customers.

Member of the Week: Jenny Oleen

Jenny OleenJenny Oleen is Scholarly Communication Librarian at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington. Jenny has been an ACRL member since 2007 and is a Scholarly Communication Workshop Presenter. She is your ACRL member of the week for July 27, 2015.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Creative, dedicated, and enthusiastic.

2. What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device(s)? I just finished A Tale for the Time Being, by Ruth Ozeki, which was recently announced as the 2016 Whatcom READS! community reading book. I’m just starting Getting the Word Out: Academic Libraries as Scholarly Publishers, edited by Maria Bonn and Mike Furlough. I plan to switch back to leisure reading after that with Quilting with a Modern Slant: People, Patterns, and Techniques Inspiring the Modern Quilt community, which I picked up while at the ACRL 2015 Conference.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Empowering, inspiring, and community.

4. What do you value about ACRL? I find ACRL to be invaluable to an academic librarian – it provides an opportunity for collaboration with colleagues, a wealth of support and information, and numerous professional development opportunities.

5. What do you, as an academic librarian, contribute to your campus? As the Scholarly Communications Librarian at Western Washington University, I have helped build the new Scholarly Communication program and institutional repository, Western CEDAR. I organize training, promote open access and the IR, provide copyright reference, and have the opportunity to interact with the amazing scholars and educators that make up our community.

6. In your own words: I like to look at my job as flipping librarianship. Instead of working to connect patrons with the materials they’re looking for, it’s my job to work with authors to push their works out to connect with readers. It means tackling a project or question from another angle, keeping a different elevator speech on the tip of your tongue, and collaborating with colleagues from all over campus. While you don’t always get the immediate rewards, such as when you connect a student with that perfect resource for their project, the responses I receive from faculty when they see their download statistics more than make up for it.


Editor’s Note: Are you an ACRL member? Would you like to be featured as ACRL Member of the Week? Nominate a colleague? Contact Mary Jane Petrowski at mpetrowski@ala.org for more information.

ACRL Presents Webinar: Teaching Information Literacy Threshold Concepts: Lesson Plans for Librarians (7/29)

Join us for the free ACRL Presents webinar, “Teaching Information Literacy Threshold Concepts: Lesson Plans for Librarians,” on Wednesday, July 29, from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Central (11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Pacific | 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Mountain | 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Central | 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Eastern).  Please note that you can convert additional time zones online at www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html.

Participate in a conversation with Gayle Schaub and Hazel McClure, two of the editors of the exciting new book from ACRL, Teaching Information Literacy Threshold Concepts.

  • Hear about how their early exploration of threshold concepts led to this collection of lesson plans from librarians around the country.
  • Learn more about teaching with a focus on conceptual understandings rather than skills.
  • Sample some of the lesson plans to see how you can use and adapt them for your own context.

How to register
Submit your free registration online by 2:00 p.m. Central, July 28, 2015.  The webcast will be recorded and made available shortly after the live event.

Questions should be directed to mconahan@ala.org.

ALA Sympa Email List Server Update

Editor’s Note: The following message is from Sherri Vanyek of ALA’s ITTS department regarding the association’s email lists. If you subscribe to any ALA or ACRL email lists through Sympa, please review and reset your passwords if needed.

I am writing to let you know that ALA’s Sympa list server has been successfully upgraded and service to the discussion lists has been restored. If you want to use the Sympa web interface to view the archives, you will need to reset your password at (http://lists.ala.org and http://lists.ala-apa.org). All list owners who want to manage list rosters, settings, and view archives must perform a password reset to gain access again to the web interface.

Because this is a significantly newer version there will be differences in the web interface. Everything will be there but it will be in a different position on the screen.

Thank you for your patience while we made this necessary upgrade to help prevent future spam attacks.

For any questions, please feel free to contact me at svanyek@ala.org.

Sherri Vanyek
Director, Information Technology & Telecommunication Services
American Library Association

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