This year at the NCLA Conference, I co-presented with Molly Keener on “The Impact Factor, Eigenfactor, and Altmetrics: From Theory to Analysis.” I covered the history of bibliometrics, and Molly covered altmetrics. Each of us provided an analysis with regards to science information literacy and research assessment. I posted our presentation slides on the NCLA conference website. We had a small, but engaged audience with many questions afterward.
In addition to presenting at the NCLA Conference, I completed my 4-year term on the Women’s Issues in Libraries Roundtable (WILR) Executive Committee as Web Coordinator. B.A. Shapiro was an excellent WILR luncheon speaker about her book The Art Forger, a New York Times bestseller.
Since other colleagues have written good summaries of some of the programs that I attended, I will provide highlights of other programs that I attended:
“Strengthening Instruction Through Curriculum Mapping: A Collaborative Strategy for Targeted Teaching” by Katy Kavanagh, ECU; Amy Harris Houk, UNCG; Catherin Tinglestad, Pitt CC; and Heigdi Buchanan, WCU
- Map learning outcomes (destination) to instruction — Where are we now? Where do we want to go? Look at gaps in instruction
- Look at how students progress in major over time through core courses and capstone courses and map them from basic to advanced learning outcomes
- Moving to subject LibGuides instead of courses
- Tiered LibGuides for Communication majors
- LibGuides need to be mapped to ACRL Information Literacy Standards and not just to courses
- Think of ideal learning outcomes; what does the ideal graduate look like in terms of information literacy? Are there courses that address those outcomes?
- Reflect on what learning outcomes did I teach? Continually evaluate and update along with changes in syllabi
Closing General Session
“Stronger Together: Sustaining Excellence in Our Libraries” by Trevor Dawes, ACRL President
Some of my takeaways from his excellent talk:
- Libraries should not be complacent and rest on laurels
- “Institutions that stand still get left behind”
- As the needs of the users change, how does the library change?
- Develop staff
- Collaborate, collaborate, collaborate