Leaving the Library: How We Improved Information Literacy by Joining Our User Communities

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dc.contributor.author Anderson, Nadine
dc.contributor.author Scheuher, Joel
dc.contributor.advisor
dc.date.accessioned 2019-05-29T14:15:36Z
dc.date.available 2019-05-29T14:15:36Z
dc.date.issued 2019-05-22
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/2027.42/149196
dc.description Presented at the Workshop for Instruction in Library Use (WILU) held in Winnipeg, MB, Canada, May 22-24, 2019. How can we develop a better understanding of the goals of our user communities and what they’re trying to accomplish? What can we do to ensure that our information literacy goals and initiatives align with what our students need to learn? How do we demonstrate our value and expertise to our user communities? One strategy is to disrupt where we practice librarianship. By practicing librarianship solely in the library, our practice is shaped mainly by the library. Moving out of the library and inhabiting the space where our students and faculty work gives librarians opportunities to engage with and develop strong working relationships with our program faculty and stakeholders. We can then use these strong working relationships to better learn about the culture, goals, and needs of our user communities and align our information literacy goals and initiatives with them. By focusing our information literacy initiatives to what will have the biggest impacts on our user communities, and through partnerships with faculty and campus stakeholders, we become seen as a valuable partner in problem-solving and meeting their goals. Our practice of librarianship becomes informed by and integrated into our user communities. This presentation describes the process of getting librarians out of the library and engaged with their user communities at the University of Michigan-Dearborn and the University of Michigan, Ross School of Business. We also discuss strategies that librarians used to build relationships with faculty and other stakeholders in their program areas as well as those used to learn about the program’s culture, goals, and needs. Librarians were able to leverage this into integrated information literacy initiatives tailored to these goals and needs and developed in collaboration with partners in their user communities, which had a greater impact on desired student outcomes. This increased the perceived importance of information literacy learning and awareness of librarian expertise among program faculty and stakeholders, who also found it easier to collaborate with their librarians. It also became easier and more motivating for students to consult their librarian and use library resources. By moving into the spaces where our students and faculty work and learn, we were able to develop high-impact information literacy goals and initiatives aligned with those of our user communities and demonstrate our value.
dc.description.abstract By moving into the spaces where students and faculty work and learn, librarians broaden our understanding of the culture, goals, and needs of our user communities. This approach has enabled us to partner with program faculty and stakeholders to develop high-impact, customized information literacy initiatives aligned with program goals. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Workshop for Instruction in Library Use
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.subject Information Literacy en_US
dc.subject Embedded Librarianship en_US
dc.subject User Communities en_US
dc.title Leaving the Library: How We Improved Information Literacy by Joining Our User Communities en_US
dc.type Presentation en_US
dc.subject.hlbsecondlevel Business (General)
dc.subject.hlbtoplevel Business and Economics
dc.contributor.affiliationum Mardigian Library, University of Michigan-Dearborn en_US
dc.contributor.affiliationum Kresge Library Services, Ross School of Business en_US
dc.contributor.affiliationumcampus Ann Arbor en_US
dc.description.bitstreamurl https://deepblue.lib.umich.edu/bitstream/2027.42/149196/3/Anderson & Scheuher - Leaving the Library.pdf
dc.identifier.source Workshop for Instruction in Library Use (WILU), 22-24 May 2019, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada en_US
dc.description.mapping 17 en_US
dc.identifier.orcid 0000-0002-5862-4938 en_US
dc.identifier.orcid 0000-0001-8388-6270 en_US
dc.description.filedescription Description of Anderson & Scheuher - Leaving the Library.pptx : PowerPoint Presentation
dc.description.filedescription Description of Anderson & Scheuher - Leaving the Library.pdf : Presentation Slides
dc.identifier.name-orcid Anderson, Nadine; 0000-0002-5862-4938 en_US
dc.identifier.name-orcid Scheuher, Joel; 0000-0001-8388-6270 en_US
dc.owningcollname Business, Stephen M. Ross School of, Kresge Business Library - Papers & Presentation Series
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