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note about the Cooperative Library Instruction Project

I’ll post updates about the Cooperative Library Instruction Project as it develops. I hope your input will shape the vision and realization of this project! Below is the project overview from the handout I distributed at the fall OWEAC meeting in Bend. Although it has only been a short time since we met, my concept of this project has morphed and I think changing vision will be the norm for awhile. I’m looking forward to hearing your thoughts and will put out a more formal call for ideas soon. ~Michele

Cooperative Information Literacy Project

Goal: Create a collection of information literacy tutorials that may be shared by Orbis Cascade Alliance institutions and eventually non-Alliance members.

Funding: The LSTA grant proposal has been selected for funding pending board approval, which happens sometime in October. The board has never rejected a proposal that has been recommended for approval, so the Project Team is moving forward with initial implementation work.

Project Team: Liaisons from four Oregon Cascade Alliance member institutions (Chemeketa Community College, Western Oregon University, Oregon State University, and Willamette University) plus a Project Coordinator to be hired pending final approval.

Have Your Say:Which tutorials are most needed? If only ten tutorials are created- which ones should they be? What is not needed? What’s missing that should be considered? What should the Project Team know going into this effort? Who else should be involved? How should we collect, add, and make available tutorials and materials that have already been created?

Cooperative Library Instruction Project

At the OWEAC meeting we discussed the Cooperative Library Instruction Project, an LSTA grant proposal for creating a shared collection of information literacy/library instruction tutorials. There seemed to be agreement that OWEAC supports the spirit of this project, but we wanted to know more about the specifics of the proposal before issuing an endorsement.
I contacted Allen McKiel, Dean of Library and Media Services at Western Oregon University in Monmouth. McKiel initiated the project and wrote the grant proposal. You can read his comments below.  
I feel compelled to clarify that I am not on the payroll trying to market this project. However, after reading the description, I  do believe it is a good starting point for building a shared resource. I recommended that OWEAC track the development of this project and form a liaison relationship with the project coordinator(s) so that the voices of Writing and English faculty are represented as this takes shape. I am happy to help set up this communication.  I also recommend that the project include teach-the-teacher tutorials as a resource for helping instructors incorporate IL into their subject curriculum.  

McKiel’s Description of The Cooperative Library Instruction Project:

Although the initial project will involve a subset of the libraries in the Orbis Cascade Alliance that will set up the standards for producing and sharing modules, the modules are meant to be open source for use by anyone. The precise mechanisms for participating in the production of modules by librarians or faculty will be an outcome of the processes set up through the grant. The Alliance provides the organizational and administrative infrastructure for cooperation. The processes set up for the ongoing development of standards and procedures will likely expand through the administrative structures of the Alliance. It would be important from my perspective to set up structures that provide for participation by non-Alliance members in the production of modules.

There are two focal areas for content development that reflect ACRL’s call for horizontal and vertical integration of information literacy instruction throughout the curriculum. Comprehensive horizontal integration requires that institutions of higher education find ways to ensure that all incoming students are able to effectively function within local institutional and the greater Internet information sphere. Below is an example list of some of the topics that basic modules could address. The list is an example of the types of modules intended. It is not comprehensive. The modules available would undergo constant expansion and revision as the information infrastructure and student and faculty experiences evolve and librarians continue to contribute modules. I have provided the list to show the relevance of this effort to OWEAC. The modules will be available for use as they are or for modification as modules for insertion into courses for students or as tutorials for faculty. It is intended that assessments be included—i.e. multiple choice questions and exercises that could be available through some mechanism of controlled access.


Knowledge of Institutional Information Infrastructure
Web Services, User ID and Password, and Email
WebCT, Moodle
Campus Resources
Library Physical Overview
Library Web Page Overview


Effective Use of Resources
E-books—Ebrary and Netlibrary
E-journals—Ebsco and Jstor
Government Documents
Accessing Physical Materials
Link Resolver
Serials Solutions
Federated Searching
Interlibrary Loan


Skills & Concepts
Evaluation of URLS
Research Strategies
Peer Review
Plagiarism and Citation
Search Terms

Vertical integration of information literacy is the second focal area of development that could benefit from cooperation. The information literacy needs of nursing, finance, education, or chemistry students are different. The information resources relevant to the various disciplines are in a state of rapid expansion in diversity and depth on the Internet. Much of the current expansion of the Internet is occurring through the integration of governmental, corporate, and organizational data structures. The interfaces to these data sets are often not intuitive. The interface to the Federal Government’s Census Datais an example. As librarians and faculty progressively identify relevant web sites and online resources that are relevant to the curriculum of the various disciplines, it will become increasingly important to share the instruction that librarians produce. 









IL discussion at Menucha (ACRL OR/WA Joint Fall Conference)

ACRL Oregon & Washington Joint Fall Conference 2008
The Once & Future Catalog
When: October 23-24, 2008
Menucha Conference Center, Corbett, Oregon.
Grab a beverage and join colleagues from Oregon and Washington to discuss Information Literacy. We have time set aside Thursday, October 23 @ 8:00pm, so this will be a pre-social-social. 
Oregon librarians are in the process of interpreting the revised AA/OT and JBAC recommendations.  Washington librarians from 2 and 4-year schools are continuing conversation about statewide IL articulation. We’re all interested in ways to embed IL in foundational courses. The Cooperative Information Literacy Project would start a pool of shared online IL tutorials for Summit libraries. Always lots to talk about- hope to see you there.

Information Literacy Group of Greater Portland…

…at least I think that’s our name! And because there have been a few questions, here’s who we are and what we are working on.

The IL group of the Greater Portland Area was formed just before the Oregon IL 2007 Summit and includes librarians from Portland State University, Mt. Hood Community College, Portland Community College and Chemeketa Community College (with guest appearances by Clackamas Community College). Our purpose is to create a shared understanding of IL proficiencies and outcomes in order to establish consistency and better service for the students who swirl among our institutions. 

Anna Johnson (MHCC), Bob Schroeder (PSU), Victoria Scott (PCC) and I (Chemeketa CC) worked on proficiencies prior to the fall Summit and then worked after the Summit to draft explanatory examples to describe each of the statewide IL proficiencies. When we completed our descriptive examples, Anna (channelling her past life experience in graphic design) created a poster for use as a visual at the PAIL meeting (Portland Areas Information Literacy group?…I think? the acronym plot thickens). I handed out copies of the poster at the OWEAC meeting last week and it seemed to be well received. There were requests for electronic copies of the poster and you can access that in Word (formatting of text boxes is touchy) or PDF (with notes).

For related information on IL in Oregon, see Undergraduate Information Literacy: Sharing Students, Sharing Standards, a site I set up to support a showcase we did for the 2008 OLA/WLA Joint Conference. I’m in the process of repurposing that site, so expect changes.


A chat with Dr. Allen McKiel

Meet Dr. Allen McKiel , new Dean of Library and Media Services for Western Oregon University.  He’s in Oregon, he’s excited about instruction and electronic resources, and I really enjoyed chatting and getting to know him today.

Now on to my not-so-hidden agenda: we’ve got Allen in Oregon, how can we bend him to our evil state and regional information literacy purposes? It won’t be hard! Allen recently submitted an LSTA grant proposal to fund development of online library instruction tutorials for Orbis Cascade Alliance libraries. His vision is to create a pool of shared instructional resources similar to the CLIP tutorials (scroll down to see tutorial links) developed to support the inter-institutional Bachelor of Science of Organizational Leadership (BSOL). The resources will be standards based and address the information literacy proficiencies we agree on and teach to, but these resources will remain fluid and customizable for each institution.  To think about- will this resource be available to institutions outside the Alliance?

Want to hear more? I asked Dr. McKiel to consider sharing his ideas with Oregon and Washington colleagues at the 2008 ACRL OR/WA Conference at Menucha this fall. If he can’t attend in person, perhaps the new WOU instruction library can represent this vision. I believe the conference theme for Menucha this year is next generation catalogs, or something like that, so this conversation would probably take place as an on-the-side business meeting of some sort. How or if this meeting takes place will depend on various factors- status of the grant, conference schedule, accommodations…etc., but we’ve got the wheels turning! Any ideas that affect Alliance libraries make good conversation starters for OR and WA academic librarians, so I hope this works out. If not at Menucha, then certainly for the next Oregon IL Summit.

More about Dr. McKiel:

  • He was the Director of Libraries at Northeastern State University before coming to Oregon
  • Allen is active with ebrary on the advisory committee
  • Allen believes academic libraries will stop buying print materials in the next 3-5 years as patrons demand more electronic content and readers like Kindle and Android flood the market
  • Allen is the author of Beyond Tolerance: Religion and Global Community. In Beyond Tolerance, Allen identifies spiritual themes that are universally present despite differences in the way the belief manifests for individual teaching and practice. (my note- doesn’t this sound familiar? instructional tutorials that address universal information literacy themes, but remain customizable for individual ways of teaching and practice).

Welcome, Allen!

Undergraduate Information Literacy: Sharing Students, Sharing Standards

A showcase presentation for the OLA/WLA 2008 Joint Conference in Vancouver, WA., April 16th-18th

As the world has become ever more networked, libraries of all types have evolved information literacy standards to help students develop skills to cope with the rapid pace of change.  In order to facilitate this, libraries are beginning to think of ways that they themselves can network to better serve their patrons.  To this end, statewide information literacy initiatives are taking shape in Oregon and Washington. Librarians want students to acquire the IL skills they need to be successful in college, in transferring from one school to another, and in the real world. Stop by this showcase to catch up on the work being done in each state at the undergraduate level, look at next steps, and get ideas for joining in the conversation and participating in further collaboration. This showcase will be of interest to academic librarians from two and four year colleges and universities.

Name: Michele Burke, Reference Librarian
Organization: Chemeketa Community College Library

Name: Robert Schroeder, Reference/Instruction Librarian and Coordinator of Information Literacy
Organization: Portland State University

Name: Jeff Purdue, Interim Head of Reference and Instruction
Organization: Western Washington University

Name: Catherine L. Finney, Head, Information Literacy
Organization: Barber Library, Central Oregon Community College

Name: Kate Gronemyer, Instruction Librarian
Organization: OSU Libraries, Cascades Campus