Getting Started: Rita’s work for the next 3 months

I have just completed a week as acting Information Literacy facilitator, taking over from Patricia Bellamy, and I want to share with you my InfoLit “to-do” list for the period July-September.

Getting support for your teaching activities was one of the top requests in the recent survey on librarian information literacy needs conducted by Patricia Bellamy, Sarah Fedko, and Sheril Hook. That is the driver for this to-do list — to make it easier and more satisfying  for you, the U of T librarians, to deliver great library teaching and learning at the U of T.

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Teaching Resources for Librarians

I’m planning on creating a Libguide for librarians involved in information literacy.  The guide will connect you to tools and services you can use to support learning, both internally and externally.  There are some excellent materials on the web with sample lesson plans and teaching resources designed for librarians, and I hope to bring those together in a guide that anyone can access.

Making Connections

I’ll be calling many of you and learning as much as I can about existing InfoLit activities at all 3 campuses; joining the Instruction in Library Use (ILU) committee; connecting with InfoLit coordinators in the libraries; and talking to some key partners around campus to make connections. I hope to identify and contact other academic libraries with support programs for librarians who teach.

Communicating News on Information Literacy:

Watch this list for announcements about a blog on information literacy news, conferences, special events, PD opportunities, important studies, links to other IL news, with options to subscribe through RSS, Twitter, Facebook, or email digests.

Deepen connections with the Centre for Teaching Support and Innovation (CTSI)

I plan on continuing the excellent work of Sheril, Sarah, and Patricia during their secondment to CTSI last year. The skills of CTSI staff members complement our own, and our presence in CTSI courses lets us connect with faculty and support their efforts to put the Library into their courses.

I’d like to draw on a group of librarian volunteers who could participate as resource librarians or co-instructors in CTSI-sponsored sessions for teaching faculty.  If this is something that interests you, call or write to me and I’ll tell you more about it.

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You can see that most of these activities are internally focused — organizing information, meets-and-greets, and developing internal connections.  When Larry Alford arrives and has a chance to settle in,  we should have a better idea of how to move forward through the rest of the fall and into 2012.

What you can do:

If you have ideas on how I can more effectively help you meet your info lit-related goals, I’d like to hear from you.

For those of you who are hiring new librarians with information literacy responsibilities,  I’d be happy to meet with them to talk about the many ways they can support teaching, and connect them to campus resources and people who can help them.

If any of the activities in this to-do list resonate with you, or if you are working on something similar in your own library, please let me know. I certainly don’t want to reinvent the wheel, and there may be opportunities for collaboration and connection among our various departments. I welcome your suggestions and ideas.

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