We think you need a chaser after that one shot

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

Multiple Sessions

o   Librarians will provide short information literacy sessions (20 minutes on average) several times over the semester, as determined by faculty needs.

Embedded Librarians

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.

Susan Souza-Mort

Reference and Instruction Librarian

Bristol Community College, Massachusetts


2 thoughts on “We think you need a chaser after that one shot

  1. I love this idea. It reminds me of something I did in a previous job, but with graduate students. We had a 90-minute session early in the semester that was split between working on information literacy skills and setting up Zotero. Then, later in the semester, we did two things: we had an informal session that was voluntary, and not during class time. A number of students came. I reinforced what we’d learned before and helped them where they’d gotten stuck. I also held an “open hours” session, where I camped out in their department lounge/library during a class meeting set aside for research project work. Students met with me on a walk-in basis alone or in groups. The students seemed really jazzed about all the help and instruction. Faculty members in that department said lots of happy things, too, but what blew my mind was that they opted not to do it again the next year because they wanted to reclaim the “lost” class time. They careened in the other direction and cut out information literacy instruction for their students almost completely. Perhaps I got too cozy assuming that positive student feedback was all we needed!

    That brings to mind the big challenge about this model: convincing faculty to give up precious class time for a repeat visit. Outreach to faculty to achieve something like that is so important and takes lots of TLC, as I discovered!

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  2. Hi Ken.
    The faculty here have been very excited about this. i think they like the shorter sessions and the reinforcement. I also have been using the cephalonian method with the students which has been very successful (You can read about this here: http://susanlsmort.wordpress.com/2014/07/01/cephalonian-method ). A little follow up to this blog: I found out last Friday that ACRL has accepted my paper proposal and my colleague and I will be presenting in Portland! Very exciting.


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