Library Camp Glasgow: Innovative information literacy

13 Nov

In this guest post, Jane Furness of Edinburgh College of Art writes about her session on information literacy and the ideas that came out of it. In this lovely tweet, a book about shoes is surrounded by – shoes!

In my session I showed the group some of the artists’ books from the ECA Library Collection, (which were all published by the wonderful Redfoxpress). My aim in this “show and tell” was to demonstrate my belief that our students learn better from hands on workshops using physical objects rather than sleep inducing lectures using power point. We then went on to discuss other ways we could “do” innovative information literacy training. These are the ideas that came up from the group discussion:

  • Use Prezi instead of power point: it’s more dynamic and multimedia friendly
  • Produce online workshops and tasks
  • Use Comic Life software to make Library guides into graphic novel formats (as at Glasgow School of Art)
  • Explore gamification of information literacy training – e.g. at Abertay in Dundee (led by the School, not the Library)
  • Run Doors Open Day events – i.e. we get the students in to explore the space and by stealth we “do” information literacy with them
  • Do treasure hunts with QR codes in the Library instead of a lecture
  • Use hashtags to explain the concept of classification
  • Find champions within the student and academic / staff communities to spread the word about the great things the Library can do
  • Use case studies and stories to show personal journeys
  • Use physical objects as teaching tools
  • Set up mood boards in the Library showing all the resources students could use – visually
  • Do 3 minute library talks at other classes
  • Provide library clinics and drop in sessions within the School, not in the Library (i.e. library goes to them, not  them having to come to us)
  • Offer 15 minute library training sessions – not hour-long ones!
  • Embed into teaching sessions with academic staff
  •  As at the University of the West of Scotland, Moodle-register (or equivalent) on all the courses you support to access to discussion boards so that you can jump in to conversations if students are asking each other for research help
  • DO INFORMATION LITERACY BY STEALTH!
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