Library Instruction Update

What is the Library Instruction Update?

The Library Instruction Update is a regular series of presentations held for librarians involved in the WSU Libraries Instruction Program. The Update provides a forum in which library employees can learn about and discuss issues related to library instruction and information literacy. The Library Instruction Update is held twice a year.


Past Update Programs

  • Multimodal Composition and Analysis (Summer 2017) Kristin Arola, Associate Professor of Rhetoric, Composition, and Technology, met with Librarians at WSU Pullman in May to discuss multimodal composition and analysis and how new methods of composition intersect with information literacy and student research needs.

  • Information Literacy Learning Outcomes (Fall 2016) Deborah Gilchrist, of Pierce College, will be providing a day-long workshop on writing and assessing information literacy learning outcomes. WSU Instruction librarians will have the chance to learn about the theory and pedagogy of outcomes as well as to apply what they learn to instruction and assessment projects.

  • Health and Medical Library Instruction (Spring 2016) Electra Enslow, of the WSU Spokane Academic Library, spoke to instruction librarians at WSU Pullman about her work providing instruction for nursing students and other students in the health sciences.

  • Office of Assessment of Teaching and Learning (ATL) (Spring 2015) Officials of ATL provided a brief  tour of expectations for undergrad degree program assessment, including  connections to library instruction and information literacy. Research librarians shared information about past, present and potential future instruction related assessment projects, including the libraries' curriculum mapping project. A general discussion of information literacy assessment followed.

  • WSU Writing Program (Fall 2014) Brooklyn Walter (Writing Center Coordinator) and Xyan Neider (Assessment Coordinator) will be speaking to us about all aspects of their program with a specific focus on areas at the intersection of research and writing.  The presenters will address techniques and strategies for working with individual students, as well as their involvement in undergraduate assessment initiatives.  Come gain a deeper understanding of this central academic support program and enhance your reference and teaching skills.

  • Spokane Community Colleges - Library Instruction Programs (Spring 2014) SCC librarians Janine Odlevak (Instructional Services Librarian) and Linda Keys (Access Services Librarian) presented about ways they teach information literacy skills both in the English Composition and the Science & Nursing programs at their Community Colleges of Spokane, SCC campus. In addition, they were joined by several departmental faculty who spoke about their unique perspective on collaborative work with librarians. Many WSU students transfer from Spokane area community colleges; this presentation helped audience members gain a deeper understanding of the library instruction program at SCC and enhance their liaison and teaching skills.

  • Library Instruction from the Libraries' Manuscripts, Archives and Special Collections (MASC) Department (Fall 2013) Four members of the MASC Department spoke about the variety of specialized class sessions they offer through their unit.  MASC has experienced significant growth in their teaching work and the audience learned about many keys to their success.  There was also discussion about potential collaborative instruction efforts between MASC and the Library Instruction Team.

  • Information Literacy through the lens of UCOLL 300 Accessing Information for Research (Spring 2013) Sue Phelps (Reference Librarian, WSU Vancouver) and Harvey Gover (Assistant Campus Librarian, WSU Tri-Cities) discussed how course content contributes to the development of lifelong learning skills. Throughout the presentation both discussed using the open web as an avenue away from traditional bibliographic instruction situating the lessons such that their relevance extends beyond the academy. In discussing her online course Phelps described students utilization of blogging software to communicate outwardly however, as she explained the real value was in students developing an improved understanding of how information is created and disseminated. In discussing his course, Gover described having his students focused on the landscape of information research tools available outside the academy.

  • WSU Global and Information Literacy (Fall 2012) Dr. Rebecca Van de Vord (Director, eLearning and Faculty Services, WSU Global) and Dr. Theron DeRosier (eLearning Consultant, WSU Global) spoke about ways they embed information literacy into the courses they design, and more generally about information literacy from a non-library, distance education perspective.  Dr. Van de Vord’s dissertation is about media and information literacies, the article’s content was part of the discussion.

  • Engaging Teaching Techniques (Spring 2012) Dr. Phil Mixter, Clinical Associate Professor in the School of Molecular Biosciences, spoke about his innovative classroom teaching techniques and more generally about his teaching skills and experiences.  Dr. Mixter recently received the 2012 WSU Distinguished Teaching Award.

  • Classroom Management (Fall 2011) Dr. Susan Poch, Associate Dean of University College and Director of Student Success and Transition, spoke about classroom management and more generally about her teaching skills, techniques and experiences.

  • English Composition Program (Spring 2011) Beth Buyserie, Senior Instructor and Assistant Director of Composition, along with a small group of English Composition instructors, spoke about the central curricular structures/goals of the English Composition Program (with a special emphasis on English 101). They addressed programmatic assessment efforts as well.

  • WSU's University College (Fall 2010) Dr. Mary Wack, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education (University College), spoke about the development of the Office of Undergraduate Education (OUE), its internal structure, current initiatives and future plans. The Libraries work closely with a host of OUE programs; Mary’s message helped enhance our relationships with these important educational partners.
  • Search Engine Optimization as an Information Literacy (Spring 2010) Nicholas Schiller (Systems and Instruction Libarian, Washington State University Vancouver) discussed the basics of search engine optimization (SEO) framed as an information literacy. Schiller's presentation focused on demonstrating how an understanding of metadata and basic SEO techniques can assist in searching for information, and in creating online information to increase findability. Schiller intersperced teaching tips and theory throughout, including a discussion of Competency Theory in relation to information literacy. 
  • Collaboration with Libraries & CTLT: Information Literacy and Critical Thinking (Fall 2009) Dr. Carol Anelli (Associate Professor of Entomology, Honors College Thesis Director and Honors College Faculty Fellow) presented about designing and delivering content with the Libraries and CTLT in her honors 298 course. Anelli discussed the motivation behind the collaborative process as well as the work involved in planning and delivering. This innovative collaboration resulted in several assignments that built toward an exam where students information literacy skills were assessed. Anelli discussed designing the experience with an eye towards measurable assessment. 
  • Library Marketing, Public Relations, and Fundraising (Spring 2009) Kristie Kirkpatrick (Director, Whitman County Library) discussed the successes of the Whitman County Library despite having a very small operating budget. Portions of the discussion focused on working with the community to promote library services, fundraising through local efforts like a library cookbook, and grant writing. One successful grant writing endeavor in particular resulted in new computers for the Colfax branch and a visit by Bill Gates himself through a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
  • Teaching with Connection (Fall 2008) Dr. Kim Kidwell (Associate Dean, Academic Programs, CAHRNS) discussed her path as a researcher/educator and its impact on her approach to instruction. Identifying communication as key to enriching the classroom experience Kidwell drew from her experience as instructor for HD 205 to illustrate common classroom challenges offering methods she's used to minimize the challenges with maximum return for herself and her students.
  • "Developmental and Cognitive Instructional Strategies to Enhance Learning from Text" Presented by Jean Sumner (WSU Psychology PhD Candidate) (Spring 2008) discussed developmental and cognitive cosiderations of students in late adolescence, strategies to help students read difficult texts, and facilitating active reading and deeper comprehension.
  • How do Vandals become Information Literate? (Fall 2007) Diane Prorak Instruction Coordinator and Nancy Young Interim Reference Coordinator discussed the University of Idaho's Library Instruction program. Highlights of the session included a discussion of the Core Discovery program for freshman, as well as an overview of the departments learning outcomes and other assessment efforts. 
  • Technology and Media Literacies: Common Ground and Areas of Distinction (Spring 2007) presented by Dr. Gary Brown Director of The Center for Teaching and Learning Technology and Dr. Eric Anctil Assistant Professor in the College of Education discussed the impact of format on learning and the need for a K-20 curriculum integrating media literacy. Following the presentations a discussion of incorporating technologies into learning ensued, as well as crafting assignments to reduce the likelihood of plagiarism as opposed to subscribing to the controversial plagiarism detection software.
  • Active Learning and Inquiry-Based Teaching Strategies (Fall 2006) - Dr. Lynda Panzokas, a professor from the WSU College of Education presented on techniques and activities to incorporate into active learning and inquiry based instruction. The session featured an inquiry based learning exercise demonstrating the the different levels of inquiry based instruction, as well as an informative PowerPoint presentation.
  • Learner Centered Instruction (Spring 2006) - Dr. Maryellen Weimer, Communications Professor at Penn State - Lehigh Berks College, presented on learner-centered teaching. In addition to the presentation, Dr. Weimer presented an extensive bibliography of articles relating to user centered learning theories. Portions of the sessions featured discussion of the key roles of librarians in the academic community.
  • Keeping Track and Keeping Up (Fall 2005) - presented by Lorena O'English, the presentation featured information about RSS, blogs, social bookmarking, and social networking, in the context of academic and personal work. The session offered an overview of concepts and a chance to start using these Web resources to Keep Up and Keep Track. 
  • Technology Teach-In (Spring 2005) - presented by Lorena O'English and Corey Johnson, the session featured technology issues that arise in teaching students and helping them with library resources (along with a few issues that arise at a librarian's office computer). The session was filled with tips and advice for navigating the technological tools for creating and printing graphics, and increasing familarity with resources on public and staff computers.
  • Teaching Adult Learners (Fall 2004) - presented by Dr. Jim Gregson, the session featured a discussion of learning style differences and needs of adult/non-traditional students, which provided useful insights for everyone teaching and working with the public.
  • Understanding MetaSearch and the WSU Portal (Spring 2004) - presented by Lorena O'English, the session featured a discussion of MetaLib along with its role in the WSU Portal, special consideration was given to the topic of teaching MetaLib to various campus constituencies.
  • Instruction Tips & Tricks (Spring 2003) - presented by the Library Instruction faculty, the session featured presentations on topics such as differences in what may be covered in Engl 101 vs 201, ideas for active learning exercises, and strategies for involving students, as well as specific examples of sources and tools to help students learn to evaluate sources critically.
  • What Constitutes Good Learning? (Fall 2002) - presented by Amy Beasley (CTLT) and Sharon Roy (DDP), this Update focused on discussing the criteria for good learning experiences and the resources available for facilitating good learning.
  • Meeting the Needs of Second Language Learners in the Library (Summer 2002) - presented by Gina Petrie, Ph.D. student in Literacy Education, this Update focused on providing an introduction to second language learning issues and a discussion about how diversity in language and culture among students can have an effect on how students experience the library and library instruction presentation.
  • Library Instruction at Washington State University - A Program Update (Spring 2002) - presented by Scott Walter, this Update focused on the current scope and status of the Library Instruction Program at Washington State University.