Elizabeth Killingsworth, Interim Chair, Information Literacy & Outreach department, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jason Martin, Instructional Initiatives Librarian, email@example.com
Renee Montgomery, Outreach Librarian, firstname.lastname@example.org
Rachel Viggiano, Distance Learning Librarian, email@example.com
One of the most daunting challenges in librarianship today is placing the library in a central position in a large university. One of the largest Universities in the country, the University of Central Florida (UCF) accomplished this feat through a campus wide Information Fluency initiative. With a constituency of over 46,000 students, including a growing population of online and distant students, UCF’s librarians are hoisting the sails and charting new waters with an ambitious plan to integrate information fluency across the curriculum at multiple levels.
As part of the reaccreditation process, the university was required to implement a 5 year Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) to increase an aspect of student learning. Proposals were solicited from across the University, and the UCF librarians wrote a white paper entitled “Integrating Information Fluency across the Curriculum.” After reviewing the seven final white paper proposals, the President chose Information Fluency as the University’s Quality Enhancement Plan.
While information literacy is at the forefront of the academic library mission, information fluency is not as common. Information fluency is the nexus of information literacy, technology literacy, and critical thinking. The information fluent graduate is armed with the skills needed to succeed in the real world.
The implementation plan has multiple components that involve librarians, including the creation of a new Information Literacy and Outreach department to oversee the Libraries’ involvement in the campus-wide project. Other components include four pilot or flagship programs to spearhead the integration of information fluency into the curriculum, several “flower grants” to seed the university with smaller information fluency projects, and the creation of online information literacy modules to be utilized within lower-division as well as upper-division courses.
This poster session will demonstrate the implementation process so far at the University of Central Florida as well as future plans to integrate information fluency across the campus. It will highlight the work of the new Information Literacy and Outreach Department within the library. The role of the pilot programs in this process will be explained, as well as the library’s work with the “flower grants.” This session will detail the plans for the creation of an online information literacy module by the UCF Libraries and Course Development and Web Services, and provide a live demonstration of one component of this module.
Attendees of this poster session will know possible steps needed to implement a campus wide information fluency program at their university. They will learn how to collaborate with other departments, especially university administration, to make this type of undertaking possible. They will also learn the complex task of mapping ACRL Information Literacy Standards to a multi-component online module.
A large metropolitan research university, with online and regional populations.
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools - Commission on Colleges (regional accrediting body), requires a Quality Enhancement Plan be implemented.
“The QEP describes a carefully designed and focused course of action that addresses a well-defined topic or issue(s) related to enhancing student learning.” --SACS Commission on Colleges http://www.sacscoc.org/genaccproc.asp
Defined as the nexus of information literacy, computer literacy, and critical thinking.
Rettig, James, and Susan K. Hagen. 2003. Stakeholders and Strategies in Information Fluency. Transformations: Liberal Arts in the Digital Age 1(1) [cited August 10, 2006]. Available from http://www.colleges.org/transformations/index.php?q=node/view/7.
In short, Information Fluency is the ability to GATHER, EVALUATE, and USE information.
To place the library in a central position in a large university
Two more pilot projects will be chosen in each of the next two years
Ten more enhancement grants will be awarded in each of the next two years
All learning objects will have content, practice, and assessment!
July 2004 - QEP Planning Begins
December 2004 - Library submits white paper on Information Fluency
March 2005 - Information Fluency selected as QEP topic
July 2005 - Selection of Honors, Nursing, Philosophy, and Strategies for Success as QEP Pilot Projects
March 2006 - QEP Detailed Task Plan submitted to SACS
April 2006 - ETS ICT Test administered to gather baseline data
May 2006 - 26 $1000 "Flower Grants" were awarded
June 2006 - UCF Libraries creates Information Literacy & Outreach department
June 2006 - Curriculum draft for the online Information Literacy Modules begins
August 2006 - College of Nursing makes the ETS ICT test mandatory for all incoming students
December 2006 - New Information Literacy Librarian hired
January 2007 - New Instructional Design Specialist hired
February 2007 - Honors College begins Information Fluency training for its students
May 2007 - More $1000 "Flower Grants" will be awarded
July 2007 - Selection of more pilot programs
June 2008 - First set of Information Literacy Modules ready for debut
After June 2008 - Advanced modules debut as completed
19 Jul 2010