Minutes of December 5, 2008 Meeting
- Andrew Gerber, Eileen Stec (recorder), Jeris Cassel (chair),
Theo Haynes, Roberta Tipton and Donna Wertheimer—the last three
attending via videoconference.
The group reviewed responses provided from the final activity of the
“Reflecting on Library Instruction” program on Tuesday, December 2 with
a presentation by Sara Harrington and workshop activities developed by
ISC. The responses were informative and useful for future activities on
instruction and professional development for teacher-librarians. The
program was successful in facilitating an open dialogue on instruction
We recommend that RUL send more librarians, both tenured and
tenure-track to the appropriate ACRL Immersion program tracks (some for
beginner, some for advanced and some for program management) and/or the
NJ State Library Train-the-Trainer programs. The ACRL deadline is
December 8, (however we suspect available spots after that date) and the
NJ Train-the-Trainer scheduled for March 18, 19, 20 and March 27, 2009,
but March is one of the heaviest teaching months for librarians. The
program consists of three consecutive days of instruction, building to a
fourth day where participants demonstrate the skills learned by
presenting a snapshot of their training session to other participants.
The registration fee of $400 includes all workshop materials, food and
overnight lodging at the Sheraton Eatontown, NJ. Theo also highly
recommends Bob Pike as a trainer/consultant (The Bob Pike Group.com).
- Professional development opportunities are being listed on the
ISC’s SAKAI site. One of the ISC roles could be to add to this
collection as well as listing information on activities of
peer-aspirant institutions. We would like to put together training
on a regular basis next year, but this is secondary to our goal of
increasing the number of RUL librarians who have attended an
appropriate ACRL Immersion track. Some ideas for included
workshops, discussions and presentations on Sakai and RUL
Instruction Repository, Refworks, Zotero, Bloom’s Taxonomy, and
assessment and active learning techniques, with expertise shared
by CTAAR (Center for Teaching Advancement and Assessment
Research). Jeris noted that the NB Writing Program offers for its
instructors regular lunchtime discussions called “Tips for
Teachers” and we might use that as a model.
In our continuing discussions of morphing ISC into a more agile and
teacher-librarian focused we agreed to the following action steps:
- Place the ideas for presentation/discussion into the SAKAI RUL
Instruction Repository site. This will allow others to view ideas
and add their own.
- ISC attendees will divide a list of peer-aspirant institutions and
search for their library instruction philosophies, vision and
mission statements and place on the SAKAI RUL Instruction
Repository site. These resources will inform discussions with the
User Services Council regarding reformulating Instructional
Services Committee. The chart used for assigning research is
Theo will research Berkeley to U. Michigan;
Donna will cover UNC, Chapel Hill (excluding Rutgers) to U. of Kansas;
Bobbie will take Michigan State U to University of Colorado, Boulder;
Eileen will research UC Davis through UC Irvine;
Jeris will cover U Maryland, College Park to Penn State;
Andrew will take U Pittsburgh to U. Washington.
These assignments, to be completed before December 18.
Announcements of ongoing activities of ISC members:
- Valeda and Jeris have been meeting and talking with Office of
Undergraduate Academic Programming/Engagement, FIGS Program,
Honors Program, University College Community, and Writing Program
about an information literacy tutorial. Ron Goldman, CEO of
Kognito, met with the group on November 19.
- Jeris, Myoung, and Valeda will be meeting with a group led by
Karen Novick in January to discuss a new SCILS information
literacy program initiative.
- Eileen, Jeris and Valeda met with the English 201 and Business,
Scientific & Technical writing directors (Darcy Gioia, Emily
Renaud, and Bill Magrino) about the possibility of adding a
one-credit lab component to selected courses covering aspects of
library research as related to information literacy needed for
their courses. English 201 plans to discuss this co-requisite with
Susan Lawrence of SAS.
- Theo reported that VALE SIL (Shared Information Literacy)
committee is working with Central Jersey Academic Reference
Librarians (CJARL) and NJLA CUS/ACRL User Education committee to
come up with “progression standards” that students should meet
coming from High School into Community and Four-year Colleges.
There will be a joint meeting to discuss the standards project on
Friday, December 12, at Monmouth University.