Interestingly, it seemed like the subtext of the Research Forum was library instruction and information literacy because most of the presenters dealt with the is subject in some way.
After our first hour of presenting our poster, we had an hour of paper presentations with the anchor leg of the presentation delivered expertly by Roz Tedford!
The first paper was given by Genya O’Gara from the NC State University Special Collections Research Center regarding the Student Leadership Initiative, a project to document student leadership in NCSU history through oral interviews and videos. Through a partnership with the Public History program at NCSU, their department was able to train students using the workshop method to create a cohort of students. This cohort could then connect to NCSU history through oral history interviews with past student leaders. Genya found that alums preferred to speak to current student students instead of librarians. Some of the benefits of the program have been new oral histories, collaboration with other departments, new collections donated by interviewed alumni, enhancing the University Archives’ web portal, creation of physical and digital exhibits, and new programs and events.
The second paper was presented by Lynda Kellam and Jenny Dale from UNCG and was entitled: “Living and Learning with the Library: Outreach to Campus Learning Communities.” At UNCG, they are attempting to give every freshman the opportunity to participate in a “learning community.” A learning community is described as a group who lives and learns together- so many (like the Warren Ashby Residential College) focus on certain issues-like social justice. Lynda and Ginny have been given the assignment of implementing this program by actually being ‘in residence’ at each learning community for several hours each week. This is really being ’embedded.’ This is a great concept to bring a librarian directly to the students and make them available in a significant way.
The final paper of the day, presented by ZSR’s Roz Tedford was entitled: “How to Build it, so They Will Come: Designing and Implementing a Successful For-Credit Information Literacy Program.” Roz described Wake Forest and ZSR as well as the foundations of LIB100 as a team taught course initially. She went on to say that the first LIB100 efforts were quickly revamped into individually taught courses, which give each instructor the freedom to teach the course as they see fit. This freedom is part of the success of LIB100at ZSR. Roz said LIB100 at ZSR is so very successful because it is marketed by our students. When students tell other students a course is great, Roz says, “you’re done” and marketing really isn’t necessary. I was proud to sit there and listen to one of ZSR’s leaders tell of our success in information literacy. When the question session started, it was apparent that Roz had interested the crowd because most of the questions were directed to her.
Following the papers, Audra and I spent another hour talking to people about our project and visiting the other posters. All in all, this was a great day of swapping stories, sharing our experience in information literacy and knowing that our efforts are appreciated not only at ZSR, but in the library world at large.