Minutes of November 4, 2005 Meeting

J. Boyle, J. Cassel, M. Foster, R. Gardner, T. Haynes (Chair), P. Libutti (recorder), E. Stec, D. Wertheimer (via teleconference).

1. The Agenda and Minutes were reviewed. Minutes were accepted as written for the Oct. full meeting . The Minutes for the ISC Assessment meeting have to be reviewed yet, and will be placed in the Sakai site.

2. E. Stec addressed the need for the Gap Analysis to be done per ACRL Standard. She was requested to post when they were due. These Gap Analyses should be posted to the Sakai site. Eileen made points about observing aspects of the questions: Look at [her] keys, absence indicates significance. Ones with multiple answers connect. Do, indeed, question that which does not appear to be a sensible question. Although these questions have, for the most part, been validated, we cannot be aware, at this time, which ones are validated. R. Gardner noted that it is not the fault of the student for not understanding the question. Others questioned why students should know specific items, and pondered the processes used by students to take this test. Terminology ("journals") and distinctions ("scholarly journals") were discussed as to the adequacy of the questions. Discussion also ensued on what exactly the test measured. Eileen stated that the test most likely measured "where they were coming from".

3. Eileen is managing the Human Subject Review Training. J. Boyle will sign off . Jeris will sign off on people taking the training who are Librarian V's.[Recorder note: since the meeting, the dates for HSR have been set by Eileen:

"Douglass Library is borrowing the videotapes and powerpoint slides from ORSP and offering the certification training on December 7th from 9:00AM to 1:00PM in the Douglass electronic classroom. Francoise Puniello will be attending and will certify your attendance to ORSP." Email, E. Stec, 11/14/2005. Since then, one more session has been offered: "RUL Instructional Services Committee is borrowing the videotapes and Powerpoint slides from ORSP and offering the certification training on January 4, 2006 from 9:00AM to 1:00PM in Kilmer Library's room 10." Email, E. Stec, 11/22/2005.

4. Searchpath Assessment: P. Libutti provided two plans for assessment, with an emphasis on the second one. The assessment, if using the questions now in Searchpath, would not measure anything appreciably, since the questions are instructional in nature. Also, the questions themselves are not validated ones and appear to have every high scores. This is due to the original construction oof he questions, which were intended for student instruction.

Instead, a performance indictor was outlined and recommended. Questions about the plan included the selection of two modules rather than all six. The rationale offered was that observation of all modules, all tasks would be too time consuming to have for students. However, the progressive observation of students with performance can and should rotate with other modules..A Design Team subgroup composed of Patricia, Mira, Tony, Eileen and Rebecca was drafted to prepare the components for the group to consider at the Dec. 2 meeting. The group would come up with an action plan for the components of the tasks that need to be shared across the ISC. The Outline of the Assessment Plan is attached to this set of Minutes.

5. Mini-Tutorials: A reading was recommended by Eileen Simmons, Michelle Holschuh." Librarians as Disciplinary Discourse Mediators: Using Genre Theory to Move Toward Critical Information Literacy, portal: Libraries and the Academy.Vol.5, No.3, (2005), pp.297-311."Donna Wertheimer noted that the easiest way to use mini-tutorials was to link with them, such as the concept mapping one at Penn State. Generic applicable tutorials were of interest to the group. Members discussed what was the best way to spend their energy at this time. Jeanne Boyle proposed that the group set up criteria on what kind of resources are needed now, such as citation. Preparing a list of recommended ones would be a good first step.. ISC members were encouraged to post to the discussion list in Sakai that Mira started on the subject.

6. Sakai: Jeris Cassel. Jeris is part of the pilot project on Sakai and Mira helped Jeris with the summer course with Sakai as the content manager. BlackBoard is a different course manager; it is also being evaluated on this campus. Jeris noted that Sakai pulled together resources well, but could not be used for everything. BlackBoard has distinctive features, also. Jeanne note4d this is an area we could take a leadership role in with faculty

7. Instructional Technology Development Librarian: Jeanne Boyle. Jeanne described the position and the group discussed aspects of the job. Anyone who applies needs to know the data on instruction, but questions about who was to do the instructional design /curriculum management aspects of this position. Theo Haynes inquired about the industry standards on this aspect .At this time, a designated sub group will meet with Jeanne on Dec. 12, 9:30-11 a.m. to focus on the job description (Jeris Cassel, Eileen Stec, Patricia Libutti.)

8. Searchpath Revisions. Mira brought up the minor ones she has been tracking and noting in the discussion forum in Sakai. For instance, the Game in Module 1 "hangs up" in Instructional classrooms. Mira stated that problems with Searchpath fall into several categories; mechanical, textual (labels)guests' features. The feature of most interest was having a place for the user to put a name in so the librarian would know where the session was from. The consensus was to request this from Sam, recorded in these Minutes.

Meeting Adjournment: 11:58 a.m.

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