Charleston Vendor Information Webcast: Instruction Tools for the Busy Librarian

This webcast was broadcast live on Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 2:00 PM Eastern.

PresentersAmanda DiFeterici, Senior Product Manager, Credo Reference, and Emily Metcalf, Instruction Services Librarian, Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi. Hosted by Leah Hinds, Charleston Library Conference.

Description: Regardless of the type (community college, four-year, research institution, etc.) or size of your institution, information literacy is a critical skill your students must develop to be successful in the modern world. The basics of research— the initial exploration of a topic, understanding key concepts, and narrowing a topic—are skills that first and second-year students often lack. They are also among the most challenging to teach students, as librarians often have to impart the conceptual underpinnings of inquiry and exploration while simultaneously teaching students the mechanics of using search tools and databases. Teaching conceptual understanding and technical skills together provides a richly authentic experience for students, as concepts and practice are married together rather than learned in isolation.

Building an IL program from scratch, however, can be difficult. Even if instructors are open to collaborating with the library, there often aren’t enough staff or hours in the day to get to every class. Whether you are just beginning to build a program (one-shots with first-year students, in-person instruction only, defining IL learning outcomes) or are more established (embedded IL instruction in the broader curriculum, assessing IL, supporting online courses), there are tools to support and expedite programs and strategies.

In this session, you’ll learn about strategies to employ at various stages and Credo solutions that support research instruction and information literacy at every step. Credo Online Reference Service—a one-stop exploratory search platform—drives usage of all trusted library resources and provides teaching tools that combine background, introductory content with features that help students to understand more about the research process and the context of the information they find.

In order to expand information literacy programs into the classroom, a presence that is often challenged by staffing and time constraints, libraries employ Credo’s Learning Tools. With this multimedia and assessment support, librarians can deepen their IL programs by flipping instruction, focusing more on active learning with students, and use assessments to collect evidence about the positive impact information literacy instruction has on student success.