Financial Support: The
information literacy program enjoys strong administrative support.
Most budget requests for program needs and development are met.
The information literacy program is adequately funded to attain
the stated goals of the program and the activities of the Information
Literacy (IL) Team. Although a specific instruction budget is not
broken out for the IL team, general library wide budget information
is provided annually to the team. The funding for the IL program
covers all personnel costs connected with the program, including
but not limited to clerical, and technical assistance. The funding
covers supplies and materials; equipment, access to equipment; design,
production, reproduction, and revision of materials; promotion and
evaluation of the instruction program; as well as other identified
costs. The allocation process allows for equipment and software
replacement and enhancement as changes occur. The funding provides
for some training and continuing education of those involved in
the IL program.
Support: The library faculty and staff enjoy the use excellent
physical facilities including three
state of the art classrooms. The library provides convenient access
to the equipment and services necessary to design, produce, reproduce,
and update instruction materials in a variety of formats. The library
provides sufficient space for the preparation and storage of instruction
materials. IL Team members generally work close to and have easy
access to the classrooms and other needed instruction facilities,
supplies, technologies and equipment.
Support, Human Resources, Roles and Responsibilities: The
IL Team provides an atmosphere conducive to innovation. The University
Librarian and the Instruction Services Librarian encourage participation
in team planning and in team activities. Each member of the IL Team
has a clearly defined job description. In addition, the team has
developed the following documents to communicate the roles, responsibilities
and expectations of the scope of instruction responsibilities.
In addition an Annual Staffing Plan is developed to clearly communicate
the expected number of teaching opportunities each member of the team
is likely to have within a given year. This helps team members manage
their time effectively, and helps team leaders fairly divide responsibilities.
A structured program for orientation and training of new IL Team
members, faculty and staff, includes the following activities:
- New instruction librarians meet with instruction Services Librarian
and are given all of the documents listed above.
- Instruction Services Librarian encourages new employees to be involved
in team activities.
- Instruction services librarian encourages new employees to ask
questions and to feel free to communicate as needed.
- New personnel are encouraged to be involved in continuing education
activities on and off campus.
The University Librarian encourages and regularly extends financial
support for continuing education activities, on and off campus,
for all IL Team members. Continuing education opportunities are
planned in the library each semester. In addition, IL faculty/staff
are encouraged to attend the following regularly scheduled activities:
- ALA, ACRL, ULA and UALC instruction related events
- Other international, national, regional and local professional conferences
- Database vendor workshops
- On campus workshops including WSU Teaching Learning Forum sessions,
WSU Online workshops, etc.
- Other events of interest
Team Intranet provides multiple suggestions and resources for
teaching tips and other online tools to enhance teaching. Faculty
are encouraged to report on instruction related continuing education
activities in their annual Faculty
Activity Report. Faculty activities are summarized in the IL
Team Annual Report and in the Stewart Library Annual Report
Planning and Assessment:
The University is committed to university wide programs for planning
and assessment. A member of the IL Team serves on the University
wide General Education &
Assessment Committee and shares the University assessment initiative
goals and activities with the library and with the IL Team. The
University Librarian and the Instruction Services Librarian strongly
support assessment activities for student learning and for the instruction
Assessment plans are developed for each type of instruction offered.
Assessment data is collected, analyzed and used for planning for each
type of instruction.
The IL Team sets annual
goals. These include sustaining outcomes (long range and continuing
goals and objectives) and strategic outcomes (shorter range goals).
Individual faculty members of the team also develop and set annual
performance goals with input from the Instruction Services Librarian
and the University Librarian. Programmatic goals and objectives
are assessed at the end of the year and results are presented in
the Annual Report.
In addition programmatic assessment occurs in the ongoing faculty
and student satisfaction surveys. Assessment and planning contribute
greatly to the ongoing support, at all levels, for information literacy
activities at Weber State University.
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