This paper shares the results of a 2014/2015 library instruction survey of all AMICAL institutions, designed to collect data about information literacy programs. Respondents were asked to share details about library instruction at their institutions, including IL terminology used, mission statements, learning outcomes, assessment activities, classes taught, collaborators, use of threshold concepts, class preparation, and learning activities. The authors were able to identify information literacy trends at AMICAL institutions, highlight best practices, and develop ideas for moving AMICAL information literacy programs forward. Participants will be able to utilize best practices and gain new IL ideas.
The proposed presentation will report the results of a library instruction survey distributed to all AMICAL members. Currently, almost all AMICAL institutions have completed the survey and follow-up emails have been sent to those who have not responded. This is a very unique topic as the library and information science (LIS) literature indicates that no similar research has been conducted, or if it has the results have not been published.
Through the instruction survey, participants were asked to list basic instruction information, IL terminology used, mission statements, learning outcomes, assessment activities, classes taught, collaborators, use of threshold concepts, class preparation, and learning activities. By analyzing the results of the survey, the authors were able to identify information literacy trends at AMICAL institutions, highlight AMICAL best practices and suggest steps for moving AMICAL information literacy programs forward.
The presenters will use word clouds, charts, graphs and other visuals to convey the results of their survey. They will also be happy to lead or assist with un-conference discussions relating to this research project.
AMICAL members will have special interest in this survey since many IL focused members helped establish and test the survey questions during the 2013 meeting at the American University in Sharjah.
The results of this presentation will benefit librarians, faculty members and administrators working at AMICAL institutions, as well as anyone interested in global perspectives on information literacy.
Participants will be able to:
- establish AMICAL IL best practices
- create a strategic plan for moving AMICAL IL programs forward
- bring new IL ideas to their home institutions