The Teaching & Learning Center awarded a mini-grant to Maggie Murphy, Assistant Librarian in reference and instructional services for the GHC Libraries, to travel to the Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH for the second annual Personal Librarian and First-Year Experience Library Conference in May. Maggie‘s interest in the conference, attended by approximately 200 librarians from academic libraries across the United States and Canada, was engaging with her colleagues around the issue of collaborating with disciplinary faculty on scaffolding information literacy instruction throughout the first-year curriculum.
Another focus of the conference was developing teaching strategies and instructional content informed by the the Association of College and Research Library’s new Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education (2016), which replaces the seminal Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education (2000). The Framework represents a fundamental shift in focus for the field of information literacy instruction from teaching students a set IL competencies to addressing new learners’ struggles with threshold concepts and helping them develop certain knowledge practices and dispositions for effectively understanding and navigating their information environments.Maggie was able to directly apply this aspect of the conference to her work on a series of instructional videos accompanying the new Nights, Online, and Weekends section of FCST 1010: The College Experience aimed at nontraditional adult learners in the summer term.
More recently, Maggie, Betsy Clark (Assistant Librarian), and Karin Bennedsen (Assistant Librarian) represented the Georgia Highlands College library faculty at the Atlanta Area Bibliographic Instruction Group‘s annual conference, held on June 10 at Clark Atlanta University. Their presentation, titled Piloting Embedded Librarianship for eCore, offered a case study on the experience of designing a centralized model for embedded librarian instruction and services for over 2,000 students each semester on the eCore platform, in stark contrast to the standard course-level embedded librarian model most academic librarians are familiar with. At the conference, Maggie was elected the conference program chair for 2016-17, and says she hopes the 2017 conference will return to Georgia Highlands.
Guest Post written by Maggie Murphy