Library Teaching & Learning Committee PD Day 2018: Course Design & Curriculum Renewal

Overview of the event

The Library Teaching and Learning Committee (LTLC) held their annual PD Day on January 12, 2018. Jessie Richards, Curriculum Developer with the Office of the Vice-Provost, Innovations in Undergraduate Education, was the guest speaker and presented on Course Design and Curriculum Renewal. The half-day event also had a librarian panel, with Stephanie Perpick (Liaison Librarian, UTSC), Mindy Thuna (Head, Engineering & Computer Science Library), and Desmond Wong (Outreach Librarian, OISE Library), providing insights to their own curriculum renewal experience. Mariana Jardim, faculty liaison from CTSI, also presented on her curriculum mapping experience with UTSC Health Studies through a practicum course she took during her time at the iSchool.

Why are we talking about curriculum renewal?

The most recent U of T Strategic Mandate Agreement (SMA) states, “faculty and staff will work together to revitalize the undergraduate curriculum in many disciplines through curriculum mapping processes that better define learning outcomes and pathways for students” (p.7).

Many departments will be undergoing a curriculum mapping process in the upcoming years. The PD Day presenters provided librarians with a starting point for understanding and engaging in this process with mapping information literacy and library instruction throughout a program.

LTLC PD Day Planning Committee 2018:
Heather Buchansky, Robyn Butcher, Kaitlin Fuller, Navroop Gill, and Kelly Schultz

Useful links:

LTLC PD Day 2018 slides and activity notes
Curriculum Renewal Guide (created by Jessie Richards)
Curriculum Mapping LibGuide
UofT signs Strategic Mandate Agreement (SMA)




Articulate Storyline – Accessible Learning Object Design Guide

This guide, created by Will Heikamp, was introduced at CTSI this week:

Accessible Learning Object Design Guide

It’s specifically meant to support those people using Articulate Storyline to design online learning objects in compliance with WCAG 2.0 AA Web Accessibility standards.

Thank you to Eveline Houtman for providing this resource.



Infographic – University of Toronto Research and Innovation Ecosystem

An infographic about the University of Toronto’s Research and Innovation Ecosystem has been published by the Office of the Vice-President, Research and Innovation.

The infographic illustrates the relationships between funding support, research, innovation, teaching, and community engagement at U of T. It includes lots of great statistics about the university!

Thank you to Klara Maidenberg for sharing this.


Get to Know Your Functional Specialists – Liaison Update Forum

The Liaison Update Forum on Oct. 4 featured short presentations by UTL’s functional specialists, who explained what they do and how their services can be useful to liaisons. Below is a list of speakers and any slides or resources they provided with their presentation.

Suggestions for Improving the Connection between Functional and Liaison Librarians

At table discussions after the presentations, a number of suggestions came forward on how to advance collaborations between functional specialists and liaison librarians:

  • invite liaisons who may not regularly teach, to co-teach or be present during information literacy workshops
  • create a directory of functional specialists in Confluence
  • functionals could do more with liaison clusters during the pilot – come in to talk more about opportunities
  • highlight some of the tools that liaisons could promote or use (e.g. Omeka, Islandora)  as spotlight articles in In the Loop – a way of showcasing these tools to staff who may not be aware of them
  • create a visualization/flow chart of a digital project, from genesis to execution – to illustrate how projects come to be, and the path to execution and completion. This could serve as a model to faculty members who may want to make their own collections of content/images available online.
  • Add the work of functional specialists to the Library Resources for Faculty guide, to better highlight their work and increase awareness


Call for proposals: 2012 Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

Thank you Sara McDowell for forwarding:


Centre Mont-Royal
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
June 19 – 22, 2012

The Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE) invites proposals for presentations at its 32nd Annual International Conference – “Learning without boundaries? Apprentissage sans limites?”

The theme of this conference is learning without boundaries. Questions to explore include:
• Does learning have boundaries?
• What boundaries do we have or need?
• Are boundaries productive? Constructive? Liberating?
• Which boundaries need to be re-drawn, crossed, broken or maintained?

The theme invites participants to expand their boundaries and /or bridges in areas related to:
• Research
• Teaching practices
• Learning environments
• Language, culture, and disciplines
• Learning support services such as: libraries, student services, service learning, stages/internships

Deadline: All proposals must be submitted by midnight Thursday January 19, 2012.

For more information and the full Call for Proposals, please visit the Conference website


Immersion ’12 Teacher/Program track applications due FRIDAY DEC 2

Forwarded from Patricia Bellamy, thanks!

From: Margot Conahan []
Sent: Monday, November 28, 2011 12:53
Subject: Immersion ’12 Teacher/Program track applications due Friday 12/2

Hi Immersion alumni!

This Friday, December 2 (11:00 p.m. CST) is the application deadline for the ACRL Information Literacy Immersion ’12 Program (Teacher and Program tracks). Immersion ’12 will be held July 22-27, 2012, at Champlain College in Burlington, VT. Immersion ’12 Program provides four-and-a-half days of intensive information literacy training and education for academic librarians.  Whether your institution is just beginning to think about implementing an information literacy component or whether you have a program well under way, Immersion ‘12 will provide you with the intellectual tools and practical techniques to help your institution build or enhance its instruction program.

  • “I can honestly say I have never experienced a more holistic learning experience! WOW!” — Immersion ’11 participant
  • “Immersion has been an energizing experience – so full of new ideas, new perspectives, new minds and colleagues.” — Immersion ’11 participant
  • “This was definitely a career transforming experience.” — Immersion ’11 participant

Acceptance to Immersion ’12 is competitive to ensure an environment that fosters group interaction and active participation.  Complete program and track details, along with application materials, are available online. Questions concerning the program or application process should be directed to Margot Conahan at (312) 280-2522 or e-mail

Margot Conahan
Manager, Professional Development
Association of College and Research Libraries
50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611
312-280-2522; fax: 312-280-2520


NEW lit search on faculty-librarian collaboration (including curriculum integration)

Whitney Kemble of UTSC, who is one of the librarians seconded to CTSI for 2011-2012, has produced a lit search on faculty-librarian collaboration, including articles on curriculum integration.  We’ve linked that in the sidebar under “InfoLit Library”  in this blog.  Thank you Whitney!


Examples of Information Literacy Curriculum Integration

A few examples from a search today for documentation on university/college integration of information literacy objectives and learning into specific curricula.

Biomedical Engineering Information Literacy Plan – New Jersey Inst of Technology

Curriculum Map Chapman University

English at San Jose State University

Information Literacy in Art History

Leddy Library course curriculum mapping (just history so far)!OpenForm

La Trobe University Information Literacy Policy, Procedure and Framework
(AMAZING documentation)

Warburg University curriculum map

Although all of the above examples are useful models, every institution has to look at its own capabilities and limitations at the start of a curriculum integration or large-scale embedded project.   Some of the models  for deeper embedding of information literacy into the curriculum were explored in last week’s ACRL seminar on Embedded Librarians.  I’d suggest that you review the webinar summary on the instruction blog to get some ideas on sustainable and scalable methods. 

Finally, If the idea of curriculum integration of info lit seems too much to contemplate just yet, ease into the idea by examining innovative collaborations between faculty and librarians.  See for example, the excellent U of T Libraries document Getting Started on Collaboration with Classroom Faculty:  A Step by Step Guide for Librarians as well as these real-life examples .

Do you have your own examples of curriculum integration of information literacy?  Share them in the comments section.


Call for Proposals ACRL Research Forum – due Dec 16 2011


What is the ACRL Research Forum?

The ACRL Research Coordinating Committee is pleased to sponsor a new forum to give those doing research in academic library contexts an opportunity to share their work with a national audience at the upcoming ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, CA, June 21-26, 2012. The ACRL Research Forum will feature three research presentations based on work in progress or completed, followed by discussion. 

Who is expected to submit their work and to make presentations?

Practitioners, new researchers, and experienced researchers are all encouraged to present. Both members and non-members of ACRL are welcome to submit. Those selected will be expected to present their papers in person at the forum at ALA Annual and to register for the conference.

What types of papers are suitable for submission to the ACRL Research Forum?

We welcome papers emphasizing the problems, theories, methodologies, or significance of research findings for LIS related to academic libraries and librarianship. Preference will be given to work that furthers the ACRL Plan for Excellence goals (demonstrating the value of academic libraries, student learning, and research and scholarly environment). For more information see .

Works in progress are encouraged. Papers that have been previously published or accepted for publication by December 16, 2011, are not eligible for consideration.

How do I submit a paper?

Submit the required author information and a 500-word abstract by mail or email ( to Marie L. Radford, Ph.D., School of Communication and Information, 4 Huntington St., New Brunswick, NJ 08901 USA by Friday, December 16, 2011.

The author information must include: name, email, phone and mailing address of contact person plus name(s) and affiliation(s) of additional authors, if applicable. The 500-word abstract must include the title of the paper, a problem statement, status of research (in progress or complete), problem significance, project objectives, methodology, and conclusions (or tentative conclusions for work in progress). If your research is complete, please confirm that your paper has not been published nor accepted for publication by December 16, 2011.

How will papers be selected and when will I know if my paper has been accepted?

At the 2012 ALA Midwinter Meeting, the ACRL Research Coordinating Committee will conduct a blind review to select a maximum of 3 papers. Review criteria include: significance of the study for academic libraries/librarians; quality and creativity of the methodology; and potential to fill gaps or build on previous research in academic libraries/librarianship, particularly with respect to the ACRL Plan for Excellence goals. All submitters will be notified by February 15, 2012.



New Research from Project Information Literacy

(adapted from A. Head’s email)

Hello all –

We write with lots of news–four new releases–from Project Information Literacy (PIL). Today, we released a new research report about how students manage and use technology during the final weeks of the term, two new PIL videos, and a new Smart Talk interview.
We have included a blurb about each new release below along with an link to the source. As always, we hope you will find our new research useful, informative, and thought-provoking.

1) New PIL Research Report — The Technology Study

“Balancing Act: How College Students Manage Technology While in the Library during Crunch Time”
Alison J. Head and Michael B. Eisenberg
Released: October 1, 2011
How do college students manage and use technology while they are in the library during the final weeks of the term? The report from our ongoing study at the University of Washington’s Information School presents findings from 560 undergraduate interviews conducted at 10 US campuses during spring 2011. Findings suggest students adopt a “less is more” approach to manage and control all of the IT devices and information systems available to them while they are in the library during the final weeks of the term. The study is sponsored with a generous gift from both Cable in the Classroom and Cengage Learning.
2) Research Preview PIL video (2:51 minutes)
Released: October 12, 2011
A research preview video that highlights major findings from the 2011 PIL Technology Study, which had a sample of 560 interview respondents from 10 U.S. campuses in spring 2011.

3) New Smart Talk: Dr. Russell Poldrack, Poldrack Lab, University of Texas at Austin
The Q & A Interview

Released: October 12, 2011

A new PIL “Smart Talk” interview with University of Texas neuroscientist, Dr. Russ Poldrack, who discusses the brain, multitasking, and resulting effects on “deep learning.”

4) Overview PIL video (3:49 minutes)

What is Project Information Literacy?
Released: October 12, 2011
A short video about our ongoing research study at PIL, including our research questions and what we have discovered about how today’s college students find information and conduct research for coursework and in their everyday lives. An introduction to PIL that may be useful to show at brown bag lunches with colleagues and/or to students in class.
Alison J. Head, Ph.D.
Research Scientist, The Information School, The University of Washington
Fellow, Berkman Center for Internet & Society and the Library Innovation Lab, Harvard University