CLIC Professional Development

CLIC Professional Development Activity – 2011-2012

Objective:  Teaching has become an important component of our work in academic libraries, yet too few of us received any proper training on how to be effective in our teaching.  The focus of this year-long program is to focus on ways to improve our teaching and to develop communities of practice among interested CLIC staff members. [See original proposal – CLIC Professional Development Plan 2011 attached]

Program:  To read and discuss Reflective Teaching/Effective Learning and coordinate a program with activities throughout the 2011-12 academic year.   A steering committee would do the following:

  • Organize a reading program and invite CLIC members to read Char’s book during the summer.
  • Work to develop discussion groups to reflect on her book in the fall
  • Organize a speaking/workshop event with Char Booth for Friday, October 28th.
  • Organize and coordinate activities in the spring to continue discussions and provide opportunities for further reflection
  • Provide a means of keeping CLIC members informed
  • Possibly produce a blog for ideas to be exchanged among the communities of practice
  • Prepare a survey to collect feedback from participants
  • Prepare a report for the CLIC Board to identify the outcomes of this program

Steering Committee Members:

Boyd Koehler, Augsburg Koehler@augsburg.edu

Carole Cragg, Bethel c-cragg@bethel.edu

Geruth Buetow, Concordia gbuetow@csp.edu

Kristofer G. Scheid, Hamline kscheid@gw.hamline.edu

Aaron Albertson, Macalester Albertson@macalester.edu

Jessica Nelson, Northwestern JMNelson2@nwc.edu

Kathi Rickert, St. Catherine (St. Paul) kdrickert@stkate.edu

Sue Gray, St. Catherine (Mpls) sagray@stkate.edu

Deborah K. Hackerson, UST Lawdkhackerson@stthomas.edu

Andrea Koppe, UST St. Paul, ARHudson@stthomas.edu

Tom Nichol, Ex. Dir, CLIC Office  Tom.Nichol@clic.edu

Terri Fishel, Mac, Chair  Fishel@macalester.edu

Professional Development Opportunity for Members of CLIC Libraries

April 2011

Proposal:  Teaching has become an important component of our work in academic libraries, yet too few of us received any proper training on how to be effective in our teaching.

At the recent ACRL conference, Char Booth, author of Reflective Teaching/Effective Learning; instructional literacy for library educators, spoke to this problem and gave an effective and motivating speech entitled “The Librarian as Situated Educator”: Instructional Literacy and Participation in Communities of Practice.”   In addition to her emphasis on the importance of our teaching role, she addressed the need to improve our teaching skills.  One component was her focus on the need to build communities of practice.   Building a community of practice within CLIC seems to be something we could encourage and provide support for and designate as a goal for professional development.

As teaching includes working with our student employees and providing training, this is an opportunity that could be of interest beyond those who are responsible for course-integrated instruction and all CLIC members are invited to participate in this yearlong activity.

Program:  To read and discuss Reflective Teaching/Effective Learning and coordinate a program with activities throughout the 2011-12 academic year.   A steering committee would do the following:

  • Organize a reading program and invite CLIC members to read Char’s book during the summer.
  • Work to develop discussion groups to reflect on her book in the fall
  • Organize a speaking event with Char Booth for a sometime in late October or November, or January (dependent on her availability.)  Char Booth has recently joined the faculty for the ACRL Information Literacy Immersion program, and was previously the E-Learning Librarian at Berkeley, but has left to join the Claremont Colleges where she will be coordinating instruction, outreach, and assessment.
  • Organize and coordinate activities in the spring to continue discussions and provide opportunities for further reflection
  • Prepare a survey to collect feedback from participants

Costs:  Each library is responsible for arranging copies to share amongst their staff.  Copies of the book are $60, but one can purchase both a print and an electronic copy as a bundle for $70 (i.e. two copies for the price of one from ALA – http://www.alastore.ala.org/detail.aspx?ID=3317.)

Outcomes:  Generally, it would be hoped that we would provide some opportunities for individual librarians to reflect on their teaching skills.  The tracking and assessment of improvement in teaching is beyond the scope of this proposal, but that doesn’t restrict individual CLIC member libraries from setting up their own assessment plans.  We will request feedback from participants to measure the value of this program.  Both participants and Board members will be asked to respond on the value of this program and to provide any comments on perceived or real improvements as a result of this program.  The Steering Committee will coordinate the development of a survey tool to seek feedback.  A report with project summary and survey results will be compiled and shared with the CLIC Board.

Anticipated benefits:

  • Community of practice with interested librarians and library staff members who seek to improve their teaching effectiveness
  • Increased awareness of the importance of our role as teachers on our campuses
  • Increased awareness of how to engage faculty in instructional design for improving information fluency efforts on our campuses
  • Ongoing discussions and programs that would build on this initial effort
  • Instill some fun in some of the activities

Next Steps:  Terri Fishel (Library Director, Macalester) is coordinating this program and would like to have a small group of volunteers from the CLIC libraries to form a steering committee to oversee the activities and coordinate events.  An initial meeting of the steering committee would need to take place in May, before the end of the academic year.  Invitations to participate will be sent in early May with a meeting designated for Thursday, May 26 from 1:30-3:00 at Macalester College.

Questions?  Please contact Terri Fishel (Fishel@macalester.edu)

Related Materials

Char Booth, ACRL Podcast, March 21st, 2011 – prior to her talk, this is a 9-minute summary of the concepts she planned to cover at ACRL.  Podcast

Academic Libraries’ Support of the Teaching Mission (ARL Assessment presentation)

Ithaka S + R Library Survey 2010: Insights from US Academic Library Directors

“94% of respondents said that they see teaching information literacy skills to undergraduates as a very important role for their libraries.” (page 5)

Reflective Teaching/Effective Learning – ALA Store, bundled ebook/print book Proposal Approved by the CLIC Board, April 27, 2011

Submitted by Terri Fishel (Macalester)

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