What started out as a play on words has actually turned into one of the most popular instruction sessions at my community college.
In the spring semester, a colleague and I participated in a norming session using the LEAP value rubrics to assess how effective our instruction classes were using the one shot method. We sat down with several faculty members (we bribed them with stipends) and evaluated over 22 artifacts from three different disciplines: English, Early Childhood Education and Clinical Lab Science. What we found was citation for students was falling by the wayside. For examples: Using the book Shawshank Redemption in an assignment but not citing the actual book, or not giving credit for direct quotes and images. This made us reevaluate how we give our instruction classes. We decided we would redefine how we approached information literacy. This is what we came up with:
One-Shot Library Instruction Session with a Chaser
o Librarians will teach information literacy concepts to students over one class period
o Librarians will return to the class at a later date to check on the progress of the research and offer any additional assistance
o Librarians will provide short information literacy sessions (20 minutes on average) several times over the semester, as determined by faculty needs.
o Embed a librarian in your online or hybrid classes, involving them in your assignment
At an Allied health conference hosted by Cape Cod Community College, my colleague and I mentioned what we were doing and there seemed to be a lot of interest in this methodology. So much in fact we were asked to present a poster session on our paper about Library Instruction redesign for MCCLPHEI Conference. You can find our final report here: Final Assessment Report.
What was interesting at our poster session is that there was much “buzz” about it. Several community colleges have already approached my director to work with us as a state-wide initiative. So this could be an interesting journey. I’ll keep you posted.
Reference and Instruction Librarian
Bristol Community College, Massachusetts