Community Curriculum & Communication: thoughts from a successful liaison program. Thursday May 8 1:45p - 3:00p
Healther Tompkins, Reference and Instruction Librarian for the Humanities, Gould Library, Carleton College
Ann Zawistoski, Reference and Instruction Librarian for the Humanities, Gould Library, Carleton College
Gould Library home page: https://apps.carleton.edu/campus/library/
Used a liaison model for eight years. Liaisons work closely with faculty to provide reference and instruction services in departments. Their liaisons do NOT select for the general collection.
CONSIDERATIONS WHICH HAVE AFFECTED HOW THE CARLETON LIAISON MODEL HAS DEVELOPED
· Where is the library situated
· Characteristics of communication with faculty
· Librarian status
· General education requirements
· Institutional divisions
· Current successfulacademic support models
· Size of the student body
· Student demographics
· Institutional culture
THEY EMPHASIZE ONE ON ONE WORK WITH STUDENTS: INDIVIDUAL APPOINTMENT PROGRAM http://apps.carleton.edu/campus/library/
THERE IS A SENIOR CAPSTONE PROJECT THAT EVERY STUDENT NEEDS TO DO
Number CLASSES have stayed the same and individual appointments have Tripled in the past 8 years. Now, it’s 180+ This is face to face and email assistance within the liaison subjects.
It is very important for the
There is a very active Learning and Teaching Center, the Perlman Center for Learning and Teaching http://apps.carleton.edu/campus/ltc/ which hosts frequent talks, presentations, colloquia. Very strong, faculty and librarians together. WOW, look at their website! Great dialog, interchange with faculty.
Thu. May. 8 (Today)12:00 pm - LTC: The Program on Intergroup Relations: Lessons from a social justice education program
Thu. May. 15 12:00 pm - LTC: Visualizing the Victorian Novel
Thu. May. 22 12:00 pm - LTC: Curricular Design Issues
Thu. May. 29 12:00 pm - LTC: Integrating and Supporting the Visual: How We Work
LTC has its own library http://apps.carleton.edu/campus/ltc/library/
THE REFERENCE DESK
An opportunity to learn other areas; helps with interdisciplinary activities.
The Gould Mission and Vision https://apps.carleton.edu/campus/library/about/mission/
Information Literacy at Gould: with the Mellon Grant 2000-2003 https://apps.carleton.edu/campus/library/about/infolit/
There’s an ice cream social at the end of Spring semester sponsored by the library
Film showing interviews with students. https://apps.carleton.edu/campus/library/about/orientation/?item_id=234868
They showed the video to incoming freshmen.
I love the libe because ____________
This is what I’d do if I were the Library Director______________________
Feedback from the students
They love to sleep on the 4th floor
What are future plans for the library? Questions and what’s coming.
· They need to think about sustainability. They can’t keep adding to the Reference staff. Some areas such as quantitative reasoning or critical thinking do not break down into disciplines.
· Have they taken liaison program too far? Student: “ I know you don’t do History, but Ann’s not here…”
· More integrated support throughout campus. There will soon be an arts union building. Academic support people, information technology people, writing center etc.
· Need to keep up on curricular initiatives.
QUESTIONS FOR THE AUDIENCE
1. How would you characterize your institution? Library? Community?
2. What successful models of academic support exist outisde the library?
3. How do you see the questions you get from students and faculty changing
4. What would constitute success for your liaison program? How would you evaluate the effectiveness of the program?
5. How do you see student and faculty expectations shifting over time?
6. What methods would you use to build a sustainable model or revise an existing model?
1. What about supporting and increase in diversity?
2. How can the librarians stay flexible if the curriculum radically changes?
Mellon Faculty Lifecycles Grant to Carleton and Macalester http://apps.carleton.edu/campus/ltc/initiatives/mellon/
They use Libstats from the University of Wisconsin http://swik.net/Libstats http://code.google.com/p/libstats/ Needs PHP and SQL demo http://www.slideshare.net/vacekrae/libstats-demo-and-overview/
First Year Information Literacy in the Liberal Arts Assessment (FYILLAA) Developed right at Carleton
Download the survey http://www.nitle.org/index.php/nitle/content/download/5408/31218/file/ResearchPractices.pdf
Over the past two years the Gould library has taken a lead role in a MITC / NITLE grant to create a web-based assessment tool to measure the information literacy of incoming students, before they've had any college library instruction.
The assessment tool focused on five dimensions of student information literacy: Experience, or what have students done; Attitude, or what do students value; Epistemology, or what do students believe; Knowledge, or what do students know; and Critical Capacities, or how do students evaluate.