Moraine Valley Breakout Sessions
Around the World in 80 Websites
Eileen Davenport, BMO Capital Markets
Kate Tcacik, BMO Capital Markets
How much of the world do you include in the world wide web? Of the top million most-visited websites, 43% of them are hosted in the United States; what about the other 57%? This session will highlight some of the best international websites covering: education, news, business, communications, social networks, competitive intelligence…..A recent survey estimated there are over 644 million websites on the Internet; the 80 covered in this session will serve as a beginning to a more worldly world wide web experience.
Paths to Collaboration
Barb Miller, Moraine Valley Community College
Most school library media specialists find it easy to work with the English/Language Arts and Social Studies teachers. How do you engage teachers from other departments? What about people outside of your school? Learn about one media specialist’s path to collaboration with teachers from every department, the public library, and other organizations in the community.
Spring into Information Literacy at CSU
Professor Charlene Snelling, Chicago State University
Professor K. Degnan, Chicago State University
Our information literacy program is still in its formative years. We are developing this program based, in part, on new and available technologies. We were able to purchase several SpringShare products: LibCal, LibAnalytics, etc. These tools have helped us to communicate with classroom instructors more efficiently; create evaluations; and develop meaningful administrative reports. Our lively panel discussion will focus on our challenges, successes, and future plans.
Creating Eagle Extra: The Convergence of Technology and Education
Through A Student-Driven Project
Paolo P. Gujilde, Robert Morris University
Catherine Stark, Ed.D, Robert Morris University
Michael Washington, Robert Morris University
In response to the changing information-seeking habits of students, Robert Morris University Illinois is creating a new web portal that will generate reliable, credible, and relevant web resources for students and other users. This new web portal, Eagle Extra or E2, is a student-driven project, from inception to the future implementation with guidance from faculty members and administrators. Through the Innovation Center (iCenter) of RMU, students enrolled in a ten-weeks course, enhanced and developed the various components of E2 including ideas on user interface design, relevant and instructional contents of the portal, promotional materials, and many others. In this session, we will discuss the inception of Eagle Extra or E2 and the future of the project as we move forward to launching the web portal. We will describe and share the work that the students have developed thus far through the iCenter course. Additionally, we will look into and create a dialogue in the convergence of technology and education, in particular E2's potential impact on information literacy, on the curriculum, and on the institution as a whole. The E2 project is an example of an initiative that bridges and integrates innovation, creation, and technology that enhances pedagogy in an institution.
Every Librarian, a Gov Docs Librarian
Graham Dostal, Tinley Park Library/Moraine Valley Community College
The session will focus on the most common entry points for accessing government information (e.g. FedSys, USA.gov, MetaLib, or BrowseTopics.gov). Also, what information is commonly in demand, and why you might consider recommending the use of government information in a reference interaction. Congressional testimony always includes "experts" within their fields.
Building a High School to College Information Literacy Bridge
Frances Whaley, Illinois Valley Community College
How can we keep London Bridge from falling down? By strengthening the foundation. In this workshop session participants will identify activities and assessments for a foundation set of measurable information literacy objectives that are necessary for students transitioning from high school to higher education. All secondary and post-secondary education attendees welcome.
Rethinking sources: Alternative approaches to evaluation
Ashley Booth, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Rachel Lux, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
As students seek to evaluate their sources, instruction librarians and faculty have asked the perennial question: Is it a magazine or a journal? As libraries offer increased electronic access to magazines and journals, subscriptions to print titles decline, and students embed a variety of multimedia sources into their course work librarians must rethink the question. Many students are unlikely to even see a print periodical as they complete their research. In addition, they encounter and use multiple source types online; blogs, videos, news stories, and social media all provide their own evaluation challenges. Our approaches to teaching students evaluation strategies must evolve. Acknowledging evaluation is a multifaceted process and assisting students in recognizing the steps in this process is crucial to their success. Can we simplify the process for our students? How can we help them understand the differences between credible and scholarly? This session will include suggestions for revising evaluation criteria, demonstrate active learning exercises, and present new ideas for rethinking the teaching of source evaluation in the library instruction classroom.
Constructing Instruction: Determining the Best Method for Reaching
Distance Education Learners
Rhonda Contreras, American InterContinental University Online
Michelle Powers, Career Education Corporation
The presenters work in a virtual environment where the majority of students, services, and resources are completely online. Because of this, librarians have to carefully consider the mode in which research tools and tutorials are created and delivered to students and faculty. From research guides in PDF format to video tutorials to online library instruction sessions, library staff has several delivery options for research assistance. In their presentation, the presenters will discuss the decision making process for when and how a tutorial is created. The presentation will also address the following questions: When is a research guide better than a video tutorial? What information should be included in a tutorial? When is a library class the preferred method for demonstrating search strategies? What are the varieties of tutorials created? How can online library instruction be the most beneficial to students? Presenters will share link to some of the PDF research guides created, and will share examples of video tutorials and instructional classrooms. While this session aims to inspire participants with ideas they can implement for reaching out and helping distance learners, many of the concepts and techniques discussed can also be applied to traditional or face-to-face library reference and instruction.
Website Usability Studies: Increase the Awesomeness!
Dr. Troy Swanson, Moraine Valley Community College
How well does your website meet the needs of users? Usability studies provide a simple, user- centered approach to evaluating web interfaces. This session will define and give examples of usability studies. Want an awesome website? Don't miss this session!
Embedded Librarians: Library Instruction Incorporating Learning
Reina Williams, Wilbur Wright College
Sharon Silverman, Olive-Harvey College
Embedded librarians create alternative vehicles for library instruction. This new wave of library instruction allows the librarian to reach more students of various learning styles. Edmodo and Poll Everywhere are tools librarians can use to make library instruction more conducive to all learning styles. These tools help create active learning exercises that are easy and fun for students to use. We will review how these new technologies can be leveraged in classroom instruction to enhance student learning.
Electronic Reading and Paper Reading: Differentiated Reading
Processes and Outcomes
Dorothy Mikuska, Glenbard South High School
Marti Seaton, Glenbard South High School
Laura Broderick, Glenbard East High School
With the Department of Education’s national mandate to eliminate all paper textbooks in five years and with library research increasingly conducted online, educators should examine the impact of this new medium on reading, thinking, and research skills. Educational and cognitive research has shown that reading the same text from a screen provides vastly different experiences and learning outcomes compared to reading from paper sources. As students read more from a screen, they are becoming less prepared to handle complex texts necessary for college and career work. Recently, the College Board announces that only 43% of the class of 2012 is college ready. This session will discuss current research into online reading regarding brain development, eye movement patterns, and actual use students make of technology for learning. Additionally, the presentation will consider interventions that help students become successful multi-textual readers and researchers.
Making Learning Accessible Using the iPad
John Neff, Moraine Valley Community College
This session will demonstrate a variety of ways to enhance accessibility utilizing the iPad.