Libraries and High Impact Educational Practices

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Aug 172015

There is an ACRL eLearning webcast titled “Collaborating for Student Success: Libraries and High Impact Educational Practices” on Wednesday, August 26, 2015.

The description of the webcast:

In 2008 the Association of American Colleges and Universities published High-Impact Educational Practices by George D. Kuh.  These high-impact practices (HIPs) have been well-researched and proven to contribute to student success and retention.  Because of their success, HIPs have been implemented at many colleges and universities across the U.S.  At the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG), high Impact practices were extensively used in developing the most recent strategic plan. Librarians at UNCG were quite involved in the strategic planning process and collaborated closely with Academic and Student Affairs to implement the plan. To provide solid evidence of how the Libraries support high impact practices, we prepared an extensive report with very specific examples of our Libraries’ involvement with each practice.  Data for an academic year were also included to illustrate the extent of the Library’s contributions to student success.  The report was distributed widely on campus so that the Chancellor, Provost, academic Deans and other campus leaders would be well-informed of the Libraries’ significant value and impact on student success.

This interactive webcast will provide a review of research on how high impact practices foster student success nationally. Then, using learning communities (LCs) as a case study, it will provide information on how LCs contribute to student retention and success.  It will also recommend strategies for partnering with other campus units to promote high impact practices and then use the results to demonstrate the value and impact of the library on its campus.

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ALA Annual: Information Literacy as a Core Competency

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Jun 152015

At the Update on Value of Academic Libraries Initiative session at ALA Annual in San Francisco, the Value of Academic Libraries committee will present a case study on including information literacy as a core competency in accreditation standards. Please join us on Sunday, June 28 from 1:00-2:30 p.m. in Moscone Convention Center room 2009.

One of the goals for the Value of Academic Libraries committee has been to raise the profile of libraries in accrediting processes, and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) is an example of an accreditor that has included multiple library-related factors. A description of the session follows.

Information Literacy as a Core Competency: WASC Senior College and University Commission (SCUC) Accreditation Case Study
Discussants Jennifer Fabbi (Library Dean, CSU San Marcos) and Carole Huston (Associate Provost, University of San Diego) will discuss WASC SCUC’s recently updated handbook and its specific inclusion of information literacy as a core competency for student learning. Fabbi will focus on promising campus practices in assessing student learning in information literacy from the “bottom up,” having worked with over 60 WASC campus teams in the past three years. Huston will discuss USD’s engagement in piloting “embedded librarian” models within a core curriculum structure at first-year and advanced levels, providing an on-the-ground account of how WASC’s inclusion of libraries and librarians in its core competency planning has impacted student learning from a campus perspective.

Value of Academic Libraries: Sessions of Interest at ACRL Conference 2015

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Mar 182015

The upcoming ACRL Conference in Portland, Oregon offers a host of wonderful learning opportunities and exciting events. We want to highlight here sessions that focus on demonstrating the value of libraries and our role in meeting institutional strategic goals.


Thursday, March 26, 2015

ACRL Environmental Scan Discussion Forum, 8:00 AM – 9:AM, Oregon Convention Center, Room D1380140

A distinguished panel will review and discuss ACRL’s latest environmental scan, developed by ACRL’s Research Planning and Review Committee. The 2015 environmental scan presents the most significant changes taking place in higher education and identifies trends that will define the future of academic and research librarianship and the research environment.

The Signal and the Noise: Libraries and the Politics of Institutional Data, 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM, Oregon Convention Center, Room E141-143

Discover how to play a leading role in developing a strategic data analytics program at your institution, how to overcome institutional culture challenges, and how to assess your institution’s readiness to create a proactive, effective institutional data program.

Sustainably Supporting Assessment Work with Communities of Practice, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM, Oregon Convention Center, Room F151-152

The session brings together five librarians to discuss their recent projects assessing student success and learning, as well as the communities of practice – – the ACRL Assessment in Action learning community environment and cohort group, plus local campus teams – – in which they worked and found support. Join this session to explore meaningful ways communities of practice can enhance your work and identify strategies for creating your own communities to sustainably support assessment initiatives.

Snapshot or Big Picture: Assessing Student Learning using the Framework for Information Literacy in Higher Education, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM, Oregon Convention Center, Room B115-116

How does the new, highly conceptualized Framework for Information Literacy in Higher Education impact assessment of student learning in academic libraries? How can librarians translate threshold concepts into outcomes, assessment methods, and results that demonstrate library value? This workshop will provide practical examples and strategies librarians can use to update their assessment practices and align them with the new Framework.

Saving Our Students: Higher Education Affordability Issues and the Expanding Role of Libraries with Open Educational Resources, 1:00 PM – 2:00PM, Oregon Convention Center, Portland Ballroom 252

Please join us for a panel presentation from three large, public University Libraries that are developing open educational resources (OER) programs and collections to improve affordability for students and enhance learning. Panelists will share ways they are engaging faculty on issues of textbook affordability, debunking myths about OERs, and developing programs to support the creation, use and adoption of OERs. Attendees will leave the session with actionable ways to develop programs at their institutions.

ACRL 75th Anniversary Invited Panel – New Roles for the Road Ahead, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM, Oregon Convention Center, Portland Ballroom, 252-258

ACRL’s 75th Anniversary is a time to look at the changing nature of academic libraries. Three librarians from different sectors of the profession joined forces on essays exploring emerging issues across a diverse collection of topics, from learning to technology to community. Join them and CLIR’s Chuck Henry for a lively conversation about what new roles academic librarians might take on to shape a sustainable higher education landscape, informed and enriched by enduring library values.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Putting the ‘Research’ in the Association of College & Research Libraries: 75 Years of “College & Research Libraries” and other ACRL Research Programs, 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM, Oregon Convention Center, room C123-124

Join us for a wide –ranging discussion of the role of the ACRL in promoting research and practice in academic librarianship, trends in the literature that have proven of enduring concern to our field, and the complementary roles of LIS programs, professional associations, and libraries in providing continuing professional education for librarians as researchers. During this panel, Jim Neal and Megan Oakleaf will also discuss the contributions to the 75th anniversary issue of College & Research Libraries, and panelists will engage attendees in a discussion of the future of ACRL research efforts.

Promoting Sustainable Research Practices Through Effective Data Management, 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM, Oregon Convention Center, Room A105-106

Learn how three academic librarians each developed a strategy for data management instruction in different contexts. Hear about the challenges encountered and successes achieved in providing a graduate course, a workshop for librarians, and a workshop series for graduate students at three public universities. Discover how we aligned our instructional design and techniques, learning outcomes, and instructional materials to our audience, assessed our effectiveness, and what we’ll do differently next time.

Cultivating Sustainable Library Publishing Services: Perspectives from a Range of Academic Libraries, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM, Oregon Convention Center, Room F149-150

Discover how three institutions – a liberal arts college, a comprehensive university, and a research university – provide library-led publishing services to their campuses. The panelists will share how their respective institutions have developed and aligned policies, infrastructure, staffing, outreach and strategic partnerships in order to provide sustainable publishing services.

The Framework for Information Literacy and Its Impact on Student Learning, 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM, Oregon Convention Center, Portland Ballroom 251-158

Join five panelists, including members of the Information Literacy Task Force, to discuss several examples for how the Framework for Information Literacy and threshold concepts have influenced campus initiatives. We will explore: an overview of current trends, using the Framework to shape institutional conversations, collaborations between librarians and centers for teaching and learning, mapping undergraduate learning goals for integration in the arts and humanities, and using inquiry-based learning to restructure a freshman bibliography lesson.

Library Value Communication: Conceptualizing Impact, Centering on Stakeholders, Crafting Messages, and Conveying the Story, 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM, Oregon Convention Center, Room B110-112

Librarians intuitively know their libraries are valuable, but shaping that knowledge into a compelling communication plan is a challenge. Join this workshop to learn concrete strategies for conveying your library’s value. We’ll engage in hands-on activities and discussions focused on defining value, identifying and prioritizing stakeholders, developing messages, and delivering the value story using a variety of methods. Leave with a new zest… and lots of ideas.. for revamping your library’s communication plan.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Getting Started with Academic Library Value: Strategies for Initiating Conversations, Expanding Thinking, and Taking Action, 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM, Oregon Convention Center, Room C123-124

Demonstrating academic library value can feel daunting or even intimidating. How can you start the value conversation in your library? What steps can you take to conceptualize your library’s value? What first actions can link your libraries to the mission and goals of your institution? Join this panel and discover the hands-on practical strategies employed by six librarians at a range of different institutions to initiate the value conversation in their libraries.

Sustaining Success: Creating Community College Assessment Methods, 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM, Oregon Convention Center, Room C123-124

Demonstrating the library’s contribution to student success, retention, and persistence from direct assessment is a critical role for all libraries. Learn how community college librarians who participated in the first cohort of ACRL’s Assessment in Action initiative made progress on this important goal and benefitted from their own community of practice. You will leave with ways to engage in the assessment conversations at your institution and several specific models you can adapt for your library.

Learning Analytics and Privacy: Multi-Institutional Perspectives on Collecting and Using Library Data, 9:45 AM – 10:45 AM, Oregon Convention Center, Room B117-119

Panelists from three institutions will discuss and debate how individual-patron library resource use data can be utilized using learning analytics techniques. They will discuss how the benefits of these techniques are balanced against privacy concerns in the era of the Patriot Act and NSA surveillance. Find out how these institutions have grappled with these issues and how you can continue the conversation in your local context.

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