Friday, April 25, 2008

Action and Implementation

Thank you to those Information Literacy Committee members who attended the April 24th meeting: Dean Dopson, Larry Gunther, Dr. Gillette, Dr. Cross, Robert Yorke, Jim Morris, Patty Anderson, Becky Van Hoek, and Vickie Lepore!

Last week IE Director Logan Cross accepted the Info Lit Committee's recommendations for info lit competencies, created a survey, and this week we received responses from 42 (that's 90% of the full-time Liberal Arts department) faculty who rated their priorities.

We are presently awaiting the Technology Department's okay that the graphics in the Info Game from Austin Community College are compatible with LCCC's system. Library Director Jim Morris has acquired the funds to order the software. Our plans are to adapt the questions to match the top priority competencies, and this online Info Literacy assessment tool will be tested out with at least ten of our distance learning classes this summer; administered once at the beginning of the class, and at the end of the class. The library staff will assemble the stats.

Meanwhile, Reference Librarian Vickie Lepore is creating a similar assessment using Survey Monkey for the fall hybrid classes; the link will be posted in Blackboard for three faculty who have volunteered to participate (thank you John Gillette, Bob Yorke and Larry Gunther...anymore voluteers?)

Our marketing plan is driven by the administration strongly encouraging cooperation because our accreditation visit is fast approaching. We are planning and implementing at the same time. Hardly the ideal approach, but the IL committee is in agreement, the faculty is supportive, and we know our action plan is an improvement over the present IL program.

This plan has a three-pronged purpose:
1) the library will be able to initiate information literacy instruction to distant learners

2) the library is establishing a closer collaboration with faculty to improve and support general educational and information literacy requirements

3) the library is incorporating more interactive assessments, and using software that can be modified according to faculty feedback.

The Library staff is currently creating a web page to serve as a feedback loop to signal the "continuous improvement" evaluation process. We are receiving content suggestions for this web page by faculty who are on the IL committee.

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