Event Title

Filling the Gaps: Customizing Purchased Online IL Modules For Your Library

Session Format

Presentation

Conference Tracks

Library Instruction and Instruction Design

Short Description

Online learning modules provide one way that libraries can meet the need to provide instruction for online courses, to assess student learning, and to manage increasing demands for library instruction. This presentation explores the rationale for purchasing the Credo Information Literacy modules, customization of the modules to be reflective of curriculum and library resources, and the opportunities the modules brought to the library instruction team at a mid-size public university. The presenters will share their experiences working with the modules, initial feedback, and future plans for expanding their library’s instruction program using the modules.

Long Description

Information literacy instruction programs face pressures to make materials available for hybrid and online courses, to assess student learning, and to manage increasing demands without expanding staff. Online learning modules provide one way that libraries can meet these needs, although the investment in developing modules in-house can be unfeasible for many libraries. This presentation explores the rationale for purchasing the Credo Information Literacy modules, how the modules were customized to be reflective of curriculum and library resources, their implementation in coursework, and the challenges and opportunities the availability of the modules brought to the library instruction team at a mid-size public university.

The librarians felt online learning modules would provide a way to deliver instruction to classes in which face-to-face instruction was not feasible, and this led the team to utilize the Credo Information Literacy modules. Rather than implementing the modules as packaged, the library instruction team, in collaboration with the campus Writing Center, evaluated the content and selected only the modules they felt were most useful and relevant to existing instructional needs. For the selected modules, the team customized the language and content to be consistent with in-person instruction and library resources. In addition, the team created a web page to provide links to the available modules and directions for integrating the modules into the learning management system.

The Credo Information Literacy modules provided a range of challenges and opportunities. The presenters will discuss the experience of implementing the Credo modules into the library’s information literacy instruction program and the overall reception from the faculty. Examples of how the modules were implemented into existing courses will be provided. Anecdotal feedback, technical challenges, additional opportunities for collaboration, and plans for moving forward will also be covered.

Learning Objectives

Attendees will be able to:

  • Evaluate if purchasing pre-made information literacy modules would work for their institutional context
  • Recognize the challenges and opportunities of utilizing information literacy content in an online environment

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Filling the Gaps: Customizing Purchased Online IL Modules For Your Library

Online learning modules provide one way that libraries can meet the need to provide instruction for online courses, to assess student learning, and to manage increasing demands for library instruction. This presentation explores the rationale for purchasing the Credo Information Literacy modules, customization of the modules to be reflective of curriculum and library resources, and the opportunities the modules brought to the library instruction team at a mid-size public university. The presenters will share their experiences working with the modules, initial feedback, and future plans for expanding their library’s instruction program using the modules.