California Clearinghouse on Library Instruction


Welcome to the California Clearinghouse on Library Instruction (CCLI).
CCLI facilitates the sharing of information about library instruction.


  Spring 2010 Workshop
Count us in!: Strategic Innovation to Navigate Changing Learning Environments

May 7th, 2010
University Union Room 311
California State University, East Bay
Hayward, CA
The workshop is SOLD OUT!
The 2010 flyer includes workshop schedule, information on meals, and instructions on payment by check.
CSUEB Campus Map with driving directions and parking information. There is a $7 parking fee.
Keynote Speaker:
Karen G. Schneider, director of the Cushing Library at Holy Names University
Take the Best and Leave the Rest

Karen will use research findings from the past several years to demonstrate some of the challenges and opportunities for traditional information literacy instruction. Her emphasis will be on the tremendous opportunities the current budget crisis presents for libraries interested in rethinking and reengineering IL.
Karen G. Schneider is a librarian, speaker, and writer who recently returned to California after three years of exile in Florida. When she is not pondering library budgets or weeding the print journal collection, she can be found on Facebook, Twitter, and her blog, Free Range Librarian.

Nicholas Schiller
Search Engine Optimization as an Information Literacy: Building Engagement by Revealing Information Architecture

Nicholas Schiller says "I was asked to include a unit on search engine optimization (SEO) as a part of a three-credit course in electronic research that I regularly teach. I was initially reluctant to do so, but as I prepared for and taught the SEO unit, I came to understand that revealing the information architecture behind web search is intrinsically motivating to many students and that students who understand how search functions are much more likely to become expert searchers than students who do not. In this presentation I'll present an overview of teaching search engine optimization and then demonstrate how the principles that make teaching SEO so valuable can be applied to other information literacy environments."

Nicholas Schiller is a member of the Washington State University library faculty. He works with systems, library instruction, and is the liaison to the Computer Science, Engineering, and Digital Technology & Culture programs. Outside the library, he teaches in the Digital Technology & Culture program. His research areas include video games and learning, new methods of fostering information literacy, and how digital media are changing our relationship with information.

Char Booth
Reflective Teaching, Effective Learning: Instructional Literacy for Library Educators

Whether or not "instruction" appears in our job title, librarians are often in the position of educating patrons, colleagues, and peers to successfully locate and evaluate information. Because MLIS education tends to offer less-than-comprehensive preparation in pedagogy and instructional design, library educators need strategies for tackling on-the-job instructor development. Char Booth, an avid library education and technology advocate, introduces a series of concepts that will empower teaching librarians at any level of experience to become better designers and presenters, as well as building their confidence and satisfaction as library educators. By interactively exploring instructional literacy and a step-by-step approach to creating learner-focused instruction, attendees will leave with personal strategies for becoming more effective and engaged educators.

Char Booth is the E-Learning Librarian at the University of California at Berkeley. A 2007 ALA Emerging Leader and 2008 Library Journal Mover and Shaker, Char blogs about library futures, instructional design, and technology literacy at info-mational. She advocates for the integration of pedagogical training in library education, informing user services through local research, creating library cultures of experimentation and assessment, and exploring open, accessible, and collaborative solutions to library sustainability. In 2009, Char published Informing Innovation: Tracking Student Interest in Emerging Library Technologies, and has a new book, Reflective Teaching, Effective Learning, forthcoming in Fall of 2010. Her articles can be found in publications such as Library Journal and Internet Reference Services Quarterly, and she presents and consults on teaching, instructional design, and technology effectiveness.

Panel Discussion: Information Literacy Outreach: Connecting with Campus Partners
Nicole Greenland, Library Systems Administrator/Faculty Development Librarian, Holy Names University. HNU has a new campus-wide faculty development/instructional technology initiative, which helps faculty develop technology skills. As part of this initiative Nicole offers drop-in hours, supports emergency requests, and conducts workshops on a wide variety of technology topics - among other efforts to foster an atmosphere of technology collaboration with faculty.
Margot Hanson, Web Services Librarian, Golden Gate University. Working with experts can make all the difference. When Golden Gate University hired a Director of Assessment and Evaluation, instruction librarians leveraged the positive relationship to develop meaningful learning assessment, and toss out those one-shot evaluation forms!
Annette Marines, Instruction and Outreach Coordinator, University of California, Santa Cruz. Annette will discuss a yearlong pilot to integrate writing faculty input into selected one-shot sessions. This collaboration led to increased instructional opportunities with the writing program and generated new best practices for UCSC's IL instruction program.


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