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Amandajean Nolte: Information Literacy Librarian

Your place for up to date news about Vogel Library and your discipline-specific needs.

Types of Instruction

I am available to collaborate on the creation of assignments and rubrics that better measure student learning outcomes related to information literacy. At Wartburg, faculty are charged with mapping ILAC outcomes onto the majors in their departments, but you don’t have to do this alone. Together we can locate where information literacy is already embedded into your curriculum and then highlight that amazing work using the language of information literacy, so when assessment time comes, the paperwork is the hardest part.

I am willing to do this consultation in addition to another type of instruction, or it can be a stand-alone option. 

An embedded relationship allows for me to support your students as whole researchers. As the name implies, embedded librarians become a part of a particular class by attending class sessions, participating in online discussions, offering feedback on assignments, and more. An embedded relationship supports the importance of inquiry in the research process and supports the content specialist teaching the course through collaboration. Librarians can be embedded for a specific unit, or in the case of a methods course, it may make sense to embed for an entire term. Topics covered by embedded librarians may include:

  1. what scholarly discourse looks like in [insert specific field]
  2. how to evaluate sources beyond their container
  3. a better understanding of research as a process
  4. engaging students in their role as a participant in a larger scholarly conversation

Because of the time-consuming nature of an embedded librarianship relationship, I will take these requests on a case by case basis the semester before the term in which faculty desire the integration.

Some of the most productive teaching moments of my career have happened one-on-one with a student. While I love teaching an entire class, having the space to help a student address their unique needs and situation, and watching them grow through the process is special. 

Encourage your students to reach out to me, if they need the extra support, but realize, without my presence in your course in other ways, many of them will not take you up on it. 

One-shot sessions allow for you to bring me into your course to communicate to your students on a topic that is pertinent to an upcoming assignment. Because of the time constraints, these sessions cannot be inclusive of all things research and the content should be determined with the context in mind. Where are these students in relation to the progression through ILAC at Wartburg? What new skills are necessary for students to perform the research necessary in this particular course? Some topics covered in one-shot sessions include:

  1. how to use [insert discipline-specific resource]
  2. how to utilize subject/thesaurus terms to narrow searches
  3. how to use Google effectively
  4. how to borrow materials from other libraries
  5. how to generate keywords

I generally ask for two weeks notice in scheduling a one-shot workshop in order to give us the time needed to create the learning situation that will best serve our students. Also, because it's important the students view us as a team, I require faculty presence and participation in the session. Because I am generally not the person assigning grades for their research projects, it is important that the classroom instructor is available to answer questions specific to course content and assignment requirements. 

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