Poster Sessions

Poster sessions by LIS grad students and library residents are on Fri, May 9th from 1:15-1:45 p.m. and 3:40-4:10 p.m.


Expand your Palette: Strengthening your Library's Instructional Canvas through Interdepartmental Collaboration
Neyda Gilman and Tarida Anantachai (Syracuse University)

As Residents in the Learning Commons of an academic library we wanted to look beyond our department for ways to improve our instruction and information literacy skills, while at the same time strengthen the library's instruction program. We did this by working towards combining the expertise of multiple departments. In the end, we as residents, as well as other librarians, benefited by being exposed to a range of new and fresh ideas, by an increased instructional support network, and by a reinforced relationship between two departments in the library.

Free & Easy Tech to Help Your Instruction
Alexa Clark and Angelia Pulley (University of Kentucky)
Brochure 1 (.docx)
Brochure 2 (.docx)

Librarians in the information literacy field are constantly in search for the next big instructional tool. It's hard enough finding tools that keep students alert and interested; now on top of that it needs to be budget friendly.  Well we are here to tell you that your search is over! This poster session will give you the Ins, Outs, and How To's for creating tools that can be used in your own library instruction. The tools we will be showcasing will allow you to captivate your audience and engage them in active learning through animation and interactive tutorials.

Learning Outcomes Assessment Revisited: A New Instructor’s Perspective
Chris Landry (University of Western Ontario)
Poster (.pdf)

Learning Outcomes Assessment (LOA) has been a key component of lesson planning in information literacy for some time now. This poster session will trace the LOA movement back to its roots in scientific management, explore its value to the mission of information literacy while also detail its limitations. Drawing on the library and information science literature, theories from critical pedagogy, and my own experience in teaching, this poster session intends to argue that while LOA misses out on crucial aspects of teaching and learning, it can in fact provide a powerful mechanism to aid new instructors in developing their practice.

Learning to Learn, Virtually! Learning Theories and Information Literacy Instruction in Virtual Learning Environments
Omer Farooq (Kent State University)

In virtual learning environments, students interact with information in a multitude of ways. Some prefer to read text-based course content, while others prefer to listen to lectures and podcasts or watch visual demonstrations. This poster presentation illustrates the role of different learning theories in the context of information literacy (IL) instruction in virtual learning environment (VLE). This research suggests that IL practitioners need to be aware of not only different variations of learning styles, but also the different learning theories that facilitate the understanding of student behaviors.

Outside of the Lines: Empowering Graduate Students with Altmetrics
Sarah Crissinger (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
Poster (.pdf)
Handout 1 (.pdf)
Handout 2 (.pdf)

As graduate students prepare to enter their chosen field as researchers and scholars, they face many new decisions and challenges. Some of these challenges include understanding the publishing world, constructing their online scholarly presence, and grasping the larger framework of academia.

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign decided to bridge the gap with a workshop devoted to bibliometrics, but more specifically altmetrics. This poster explores the opportunities and strategies libraries have in introducing new ways of thinking about scholarship. It not only shares the instructional design of the workshop but also feedback from participants.

The Inform(ed) Reference Interview: Using Inform7 to Create a Reference Interview Training Tool for Graduate Assistants
Emilia Marcyk and Angela Stangl (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
Poster (.pdf)

For those new to librarianship, the reference interview can be intimidating. To give new graduate assistants the opportunity to practice effective reference interview techniques in a low-stakes environment, two graduate assistants and one librarian in Reference, Research, and Scholarly Services at the University of Illinois Library, have virtualized the reference interview using the interactive fiction writing software, Inform7.  The game will incorporate professional standards for reference providers, and gamify the reference interview to allow assessment of question-asking technique. This poster will outline how a non-linear narrative was visualized and mapped, then coded as a “choose your own adventure”-style game.

The Self-Reflective Learner: Measuring the Impact of Information Literacy Instruction through Thoughtful Inquiry
Rosalinda Linares (University of Louisville)

Critical inquiry is an integral part of information literacy instruction, as put forth in ACRL’s Information Literacy Competency standards. This poster session will highlight a pilot self-reflection exercise given to students at the University of Louisville in the Fall of 2013.  It will outline our efforts to collect, analyze, and evaluate the results as a form of assessment with implications for future library instruction as well as a means to prove the effectiveness of information literacy instruction to the campus-wide community that we serve.

Threshold Concepts for the Information Profession
Amanda Albert (Syracuse University)
Poster (.pdf)
References (.pdf)

Threshold concepts are ideas that are transformative, irreversible, integrative, and troublesome; and they are a burgeoning field of study in librarianship. Every discipline possesses these tenets, including librarianship. This poster identifies threshold concepts that structure the field of librarianship. Albert will share her experience as a graduate student exploring and learning these concepts in and outside the classroom. This poster begins a conversation within the profession about the concepts in librarianship that are troublesome, but ultimately transform each librarian. It will answer the questions about how to better teach budding librarians, and contribute to the professional development of established librarians.

Utilizing Discovery Tools for the Classroom: How Librarian Attitudes on Discovery Impact which Tools they Teach
Natasha Allen (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

How do personal biases regarding discovery tools affect the students to whom librarians are teaching research skills? After sending out a survey to librarians at one school, I came to the conclusion that consistency plays a vital role in the effectiveness of information literacy instruction. If different librarians are teaching students different methods, students might find library tools more confusing, and be less likely to seek out the help of a professional researcher in future projects.

Where Do I Find That? Creating a Central Shared Documentation System for Publishing Staff at the University of Michigan Library
Alix Norton (University of Michigan)
Poster (web link)
References (web link)

At Michigan Publishing (MPub) at the University of Michigan Library, there has recently been an increased effort to centralize documentation on internal policies and procedures due to new staff hires and retirements. Documents currently exist in many formats and locations, which can be difficult to navigate, even for seasoned employees. A proposed short-term solution is to create a “landing page” intranet space, which contains links to and descriptions of existing documentation. Future phases will include differentiating legacy documentation from up-to-date policies. Successful implementation of this project will require preparation, testing, user feedback, and frequent use by all MPub staff members.