List Entry: Tools that Librarians Should know for Information Literacy Instruction

In addition to EdTech597, I am also taking EdTech522, Online Learning for Adults, this summer term. I enjoyed the readings this week, even though it was a copious amount! The chapters from our Dawley (2007) text provided information about tools that teachers (and I would also say librarians) should have in their repertoire for online learning. I believe that many of these tools can also be helpful to supplement traditional classroom learning as well.

Tools that Librarians Should be Familiar With for Information Literacy Instruction

  • Email – basic communication with students, colleagues, and experts consulted to construct research strategies
  • Discussion forums  – threaded discussions that allow students to reflect, write, reply and interact in discussions about classroom topics asynchronously. Can be useful for students to reflect and provide input to each other about research strategies and resources.
  • Small group learning through software in learning management systems – groups can work on research projects, share strategies, resources and evaluation results of internet sources
  • Chat and instant messaging – synchronous communication individually or in a group setting. This allows personal and instant reference and research consultations between the librarian and student. This is often embedded into library resource pages for students to immediately chat with the reference librarian on duty at the point of need.
  • Audio/videoconferencing and whiteboard – synchronous presentation and discussion in classroom, small group or individual setting. Librarians can present information literacy instruction, demonstrations, consultation and virtual reference desk and office hours. Communication can be in the form of audio/video or chat.
  • Assessment and survey tools – quizzes, rubrics, or other assessment tools can help the librarian assess information literacy skills and levels.
  • Blogs and wikis – these tools provide space for unilateral or multilateral interaction and student publication. Students reflect, write and post reflections, links, resources and course materials on blogs or wikis. Students can also then respond and in some cases edit to inform and improve the posted material.
Dawley, L. (2007). The tools for successful online teaching. Hershey: Information Science Pub.
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4 Responses to List Entry: Tools that Librarians Should know for Information Literacy Instruction

  1. darlagrant says:

    Hi Beth,
    I was surprised to see chat and instant messaging on this list. Not surprised because they don’t belong but because they seem to be often overlooked. I think it’s great that these are features listed as important for librarians, and I would add them to the list for educational technologists.

  2. Mike Lipson says:

    Great post, I agree with all of these. You might also consider including some basic social media tools; sites like Twitter and Facebook can be a great way to make announcements and build a community around a library or any other institution. Goodreads might also be a nice network to be involved in, considering its focus. In fact, a library’s patrons are likely already active on Goodreads if they’re avid readers and tech savvy.

  3. Nice list Beth and I agree with Mike about including other social media tools and Goodreads. Familiarity with Google apps (docs, spreadsheet, forms, drawing, etc). might also be useful, particularly for collaboration and assessment tools.
    Thanks for sharing!

  4. bethtransue says:

    I love google apps for all kids of collaboration. I just created a spreadsheet for a digital humanities conference planning committee that will be shared amongst the group. Good reads is a great suggestion!

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