My College Freshman is Your High School Senior

Presenter says she will prepare a LibGuide and upload it to:

Incoming college freshman have wide ranges in their information literacy (IL). Students are often unprepared for research. There is inconsistencies in abilities among classes. Some have some familiarity with evaluating resources, using databases. Others can’t find a book on the shelf. Some have library anxiety and are coming in with negative experiences from public libraries.

At Mt Wachusett (presenter’s school) librarians are trying to raise awareness among faculty of information literacy by using assessment tools developed by librarians. By doing this, faculty are more apt to talk to their classes about IL and work it into their lectures. In addition, they are more likely to invite library staff into the classroom (or arrange a library visit) to assist students. Train faculty and they will sell the product to the students. The OCLC white paper reports that students use what their faculty tell them to use.

One focus is to teach students that librarians are approachable and want to help.

Mt. Wachusett offered events for high school students taking college classes. Students came to the library, listened to the faculty talk about their expectations of students, got to look at a syllabus.

High school students are allowed to use college’s collection. Flyers were sent to high school to extend offers to do library instruction at the high schools.

There are college readiness efforts in MA via Gov. Patrick’s administration. The presenter felt librarians should try to get involved in these efforts.

When presenting to students, try to inject humor to get their attention. Working the room = good instruction.

When teaching students to authenticate their resources (who is the author, how old is the info, what are the author’s sources), choose an interesting library topic to wake the students up like urban legends. “Teaching Information Literacy: 35 Standards-based Exercises for College Students” has other good examples.

Is it necessary to teach style guides when there are tools like Easybibs, noodlebib, refworks, zotero and Facebook applications (CiteMe)? Should time be spent on other IL skills?

What type of search skills are students being taught in high school? Boolean? Natural language? Do they know anything other than Google? Try teaching them the value of taking a moment to think about their search first and to use good keywords.

Draw kids into the library with popular reading and engage them in conversation. Make use of LibGuides to help with fiction Reader’s Advisory as well as for curriculum support

Make connection with your local high school and attempt to collaborate, see what you can come up with that is right for your community.

The Role of Planning in Grant Preparation

Program Description:

Winning a grant doesn’t just happen – it requires careful planning and preparation. Marlene Heroux and

Dawn Thistle, Linda Hummel Shea, Karen Pangallo, Debra Mandel

From left:Dawn Thistle, Linda Hummel Shea, Karen Pangallo, Debra Mandel

Shelley Quezada from the MA Board of Library Commissioners present examples of academic libraries’ use of a planning process, longrange plans, and assessment tools to win grants and implement change. Grant projects include working with people with disabilities, green initiatives, acting on LibQual results, and other projects, described by the librarians who planned them. The program is sponsored by ALS and ACRL/NEC.

Tuesday: 10:30 to 12

This is a follow-up from last year’s program on grant planning and features four successful academic grant programs. These grants are all  the result of a planning and assessment project by their colleges.

Debra Mandel, Head of Digital Media Design Studio, Snell Library, Northeastern University,

Grant for Assistive Technology. One of the goals of NE’s grant was to provide tools to learn how to use these resources.

Assistive Technology examples: magnifying glass, assitive listening systems, closed captions.

For campuses with a disability resource center, the first step is to get to know the people at these centers.

Assistive Technology Committee – charge was established in 2000. We started building momentum for assistive technology even before we started thinking about writing a grant.

Grant-writing process was six months for a two-year grant. Put together a grant-writing team with five people that represented all interests, including a person from the Burlington campus and the Webmaster who is familiar with this technology.

Students who were part of the user population said they needed additional training and thought the services weren’t marketed well enough.

The program and service components of the grant included staff training, patron training, equipment and materials, and greater publicity.

The grant was for $19,779 with matching funds of $29,076 from the university.

The Snell Library Web site lists the equipment that is available to users with disabilities.

Highlights – tripled number of Assistive Technology workstations, added 51 Closed Caption video titles to collection, conducted 13 half-hour training sessions for public services staff, coordinated two workshops for all staff, revised and expanded Assistive Technology flyer.

Karen Pangallo, North Shore Community College and Linda Hummel Shea, Northern Essex Community College

Academic Library Incentive Grant – This year, two academic libraries did grants for campus green initiatives. The MBLC is offering a grant next year specifically targeting green initiatives.

Pangallo – hates the planning process. In 2007, her library submitted the long-range plan. At the same time, her college had submitted something called the Green Curriculum Project. As part of the project, the college introduced seven new courses. The library needed to find ways to support the new curriculum in those courses. The courses cover a wide variety of areas.

The college is working on its strategic plan this year, and one goal is to support green initiatives.

It was the perfect time to apply for an Academic Library Incentive grant because the library needed money to provide those resources. This grant was written primarily to support the curriculum.

Shea – this is her third LSTA grant and Shea loves planning. Northern Essex had a five-year grant on file with the MBLC. The library recently did a collection analysis of the biology collection. The average age of the biology collection was 1972 and the average age of the physical sciences collection was 1969. The library also had a need for science database subscriptions. At the same time, the college was looking at environmental impact and sustainability issues.

The program components are to work with faculty and students to develop a library book, journal and DVD collections. They are also celebrating “Green Library Month” in Spril 2009. The event will include a carbon footprint project, an electronics recycling center, and a college open house with Jim Merkel as a speaker.

A big thing they’re working on is evaluation. They’ve put in an evaluation component that includes collection usage and outcomes from the carbon footprint project.

Dawn Thistle, Assumption College

Why plan? We all know we’re supposed to plan, and I don’t know how to promote it any better than that. Assumption began its first strategic plan in 1999. The college does action plan updates almost every year and has done the renewals.

Assumption has already done a disabilities grant and a customer service grant.

The LibQual grant paid for the LibQual survey. “It’s a lot of work, but it’s well worth it.”

The best thing about LibQual is it offered a way to manage the library’s marketing effort. They got good feedback from the students. Some suggestions were easy to address, but it also gave them the information needed to move to the next step and hire a space planning consultant.

Assumption also applied for an Academic Incentive Grant to fund “Instructo-mercials.” It addressed the strategic plan goal of developing library instruction plans that would use new Web 2.0 technologies. The commercials were based on A Christmas Carol. We’ll post them to the blog as soon as they are available on the Web.

Other things grow out of your planning. When you submit your budget proposals, you can show where specific items are covered in the plan. Assumption also links performance assessments to the plan. The plan also helps them to market and manage projects. All of their plans link together and support each other.

If you haven’t done a strategic plan, just sit down and start writing. Include things even if you can’t afford it. Don’t worry if it isn’t done the “right” way.

Online resources:

Meeting Academic Library User Needs

Two Pilot projects at S.I. Newhouse School for Publishing:
1) Pilot project (02/2007-04/2007)
3 months time frame
Interview questions:
Resources and tools
describe typical course assignment for you and student
how do faculty stay current in field
and how do they collaborate outside of school

Data Processing and Analysis:
Will recordings be transcribed?
If not, what doco will be used as found. for analysis?
Group analysis through “co-viewing or co-listening?”
Develop and test protocol early in the process

“You may not know this, but people who teach journalism often suggest that the worst possible thing is to tape it,…”
“I don’t quite understand the process here… having two of you talking to one of me is awfully labor intensive and I don’t know what we’ve gained from it.”
-recommendation for interviewer training.
“I am huge believer in using the library… so much so that I am evangelical about it.”
“Collect a lot of data, see what’s happening elsewhere.” -journalistic research.
“I don’t see it as my place to teach them how to [do research].”

Further questions:
What does research mean to librarians and then to the school?
What does library mean?
Are we talking the same lanaguage?
Is the library “culture” in sync with other academic cultures on campus?

Project 2: Patterns of Culture: Re-aligning library culture to meet user needs.

Add students to mix
Conduct observations in addition to interviews
Appply same ethnological methods to the library (staff and culture)
Distill the data in ways that allow for comparison

Research with human participants:
If your project qualifies as “Research” and involves human subjects, it may be subject to review by an institutional review baord.
-Exempt research?
-Expedited review?

What we learned: before and after:
No training
No testing of instruments
No IRB interview
3 month time frame
little group analysis
little forethought on analysis and documentation


Questions to ask:
Method relev. for research q’s?
Is admin and project team in agreement about goals and outcomes?
Do you have time and reseources?

POSTED ON web site.

How Graduate Students Work on their Dissertations (GRANT at U. of Rochester).

Backgrouns and past satudies
initial findings

Studying Users
New webmaster hired (Xerox PARC researcher) Brought methodogies from there.
Discover real, rather than perceived, needs of users
Hired anthropologist (thru grant funding)
3 phases of study
1st study faculty
2nd study undergrad students
3rd study grad students

Phase 1:
1 year ILMS grant
Study faculty work practices
Focus on digital tools used by faculty in order to
Align institutional repository with the user expectations- easier to change technology than people). create authoring doc mgmt. system.
D-Lib mag, Jan 2005.

Phase 2:
2 year library-funded study
Writing papers black box (that exists between assignment and handing in of a student’s paper)
Holistic view of studetn life, to find info on what’s in the black box
Align services, facilites and web preseence to this black box activity. Students input heavily on re-design of bldg., massive web re-design underway
ACRL book- Studying Students

Phase 3:
2 year IMLS grant
Based on first IMLS study
Holistic view od disseration research and authoring
Align servoces, build tools
Porject in process, finish September 2008.

Nancy Foster:
These methodolgies are appl. to public libs too.

(see slide)

( Examples of data gathered from comm.)

Video: Work Practices, Versioning,

Results of braingstorming: What grad students are doing
getting help from peers via aim email
convert from word to pdf
save old stuff and go back to it
use tech to stay connected
thinking about future careet in terms of preparing portfoilo

plus 90 others!

Brainstorming as a good project development tool.

Prelim findings:
need doc mgmt system
lots of co-authoring with facutly supervisors
overloaded with pdfs paper articles, citations
problems synving documents from on computer ot another
struggling to learn literature in their fields- not confident that they have always found every imp. article.

Autoring tools-
version ctrl
citation mgmt.
Shifting role of the library
Open source product, due Sept. 2008
Changes to library services
need for grad student orientation (profs assume students have these skills already)
better marketing of existing resources
librarian expertise
alert systems, rss feeds
Info about grad students
wrappingup interviews and surveys over next few months
observations conclusions etc will be avail. in spring

Studying Students:

Grad Project