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Instruction Team and Information Literacy Program 2002-2003   Goals and Objectives
Draft 09/07/2002
(Approved by Instruction Team, August 29, 2002)
  • Note: Each bulleted item is a strategic action item for the current year. Following each action item, in parentheses, is listed who has the responsibility for that action, and when each action item will/could be completed.The following symbol will replace the bullet when the action is completed

Sustaining Outcome: Provide a comprehensive instruction program for WSU students including, for credit, online and on demand instruction in order to graduate students with information literacy competencies.

  1. Mission: Instruction team will maintain an up to date mission statement for the Information Literacy Program in order to clearly identify and communicate our purpose, priorities and partnerships to ourselves and to the broader community.
    1. Mission clearly lists priority audience and partners for the Information Literacy program
    2. Mission is available to public on Web
    3. Mission is consistent with UALC, University and Library Missions and with national standards.
    4. Mission is reviewed at least annually and revised as needed.
      • Mission will be reviewed during Fall 2002
  2. Goals and Objectives: The information Literacy program will maintain an updated list of goals and objectives in order clearly assign roles and responsibilities and to insure continual improvement of the program
    1. Clearly defined roles and responsibilities are defined for each major goal
      • Draft goals will be reviewed, revised and approved by team during Fall 2002.
      • Goals will be reviewed annually by the Stewart Library Faculty Advisory Committee (University Librarian) or team will develop another option for wider university input.
  3. Planning: Planning for the Information Literacy Program will be conducted at the program, curriculum and institutional levels in order to maintain a wide base of support and share information about the program widely
    1. An annual report will be published to assess and describe accomplishments of instruction team and progress of Information Literacy program.
      • The annual report will include priority strategic action items for the coming year. (Carol, Spring 2003)
      • Faculty Activity Records will be used to document faculty activities including instruction related professional development, scholarship and service. (Faculty, Spring 2003)
    2. Documents describing the program and charting its evolution will be developed for the Web and reviewed annually.
      • Documents will be reviewed Fall 2002.
    3. Budget information for the program will be documented by the University Librarian
      • Budget items will be shared with the Instruction team through the Library Council and faculty meetings (University Librarian)
    4. Staffing levels and needs will be clearly defined by the University Librarian and the Instruction Services Librarian
      • Instruction staffing plan will be placed on the Web and revised annually (Team, Carol and Fran, Fall 2002)
      • Teaching schedule will be placed on the Web and revised annually in October for the next academic year (Faculty and Carol. October 2002)
    5. Assessment data will be used to continually improve the program
        • Assessment plans will be reviewed and revised as needed for each type of instruction (Team, Fall 2002)
    6. Planning will include a program for professional staff and faculty development
      • Each member of the instruction team will develop a plan for their professional development as part of their annual goal setting and/or will describe their professional development activities in their Faculty Activity Records or Staff PREP form. (Faculty/Staff, May 2003)
      • The Instruction team will plan an annual Spring workshop with Weber County and/or UALC Librarians (Team Fall 2002)
  4. Administrative Support and Teaching Environments: The University, University Librarian and Instruction Services Librarian will provide appropriate vision, support, physical and online environments in order to facilitate growth and continuous improvement of the Information Literacy Program.
    1. The University Librarian and Instruction Services Librarian will provide clear identification of responsibilities for the Information Literacy Program among classroom faculty, other staff and instruction team members
      • Instruction Services Policies and Procedures will be reviewed annually by team and updated as needed (Team, Fall 2002)
      • Instruction Performance Expectations will be reviewed annually by team and revised as needed (Team, Fall 2002)
      • Faculty Evaluation Criteria for Instruction will be reviewed annually by team and revised as needed (Team, Fall 2002)
      • University Librarian's planning outline will be updated as needed and placed on the Web in order to facilitate the instruction team staffing (University Librarian?)
      • LibSci 3340 will be deleted from the catalog (Carol Fall 2002)
    2. The University Librarian and Instruction Services Librarian will continue to encourage collaboration with departments, rather than solely with individual faculty through bibliographer's individual goals and through Collection Management team goals.
      • Subject Librarians/Bibliographers will share ideas on this throughout the year at Instruction team meetings (Subject Librarians, ongoing)
    3. The University Librarian will continue to value and recognize participation in the Information Literacy Program as institutional rewards are made available.
    4. Appropriate physical spaces will be provided in order to support the Information Literacy Program
    5. Appropriate automation resources will be provided in order to support the Information Literacy Program
      • An automated, web based system for quickly and easily scheduling classrooms and instruction sessions will be implemented (Carol, Fran and team summer 2002)
      • A new library Intranet site will be developed in order to incorporate the latest trends in available technology and pedagogical resources including chat (Web Advisory Group, Spring and Summer 2002)
  5. Articulation with the curriculum: There will be clearly articulated curriculum within the Information Literacy Program in order to clearly communicate goals of the curriculum to students, faculty and administration
    1. The team will maintain list of priority information literacy competencies
    2. Faculty will integrate information literacy skills throughout a students academic career in order to go beyond simple skills and to achieve higher level knowledge of information within disciplines
    3. The library web site will display and supplement the comprehensive Information Literacy Program in order effectively provide all types instruction materials for students at all levels.
      • Instruction team will develop a plan for integrating information on the 24/7 live reference chat software throughout our curriculum (team Fall 2002)
    4. Library Web site will provide access to for-credit course information

      • Web syllabus for each for credit course will be developed (faculty, ongoing)
      • Course resources will be made available via the Web (faculty and library office staff)
      • An online gradebook will be developed for every course (?)
        1. Online gradebook needed for cross listed classes (team, WSU online?, purchase? 2002)
      • Online student end of course evaluations will be available for every course. (SNAP?)
  6. Collaboration: Instruction team members will continually collaborate with university colleges, departments, faculty and staff to develop information literacy in order to foster communication and gather support for the program.
    1. Library faculty/staff will collaborate with academic colleges, departments, and programs to plan and assess information literacy competency across the curriculum
      • An instruction/information literacy plan will be developed for each academic department, program or area, developed collaboratively with the collection management team, chairs or other appropriate staff and published on the Web (faculty, collection management team, ongoing)
      • The Library Web will be used to facilitate and promote collaboration and communication among library faculty/staff and our partners. (WAG, ongoing)
      • A poster and brochures will be developed to advertise library services to WSUOnline students. These will be placed in each of the outreach centers (Richfield, Moab, etc...) and brochures may be mailed to all public libraries
      • An online learning module will be developed for online sections of English 2010 (Carol 2002/2003)
    2. A comprehensive collection of instruction handouts/tutorials will be developed and maintained on the Web to support information literacy across the curriculum at WSU (Reference and instruction teams, ongoing)
      • Develop more consistent and user friendly interface for tutorials and handouts (WAG and team, 2001-2002)
    3. A comprehensive collection of course integrated, related and subject specific research guides will be developed and maintained on the Web to support information literacy across the curriculum at WSU (faculty, collection management and instruction teams, ongoing)
      • Develop a more consistent format and user friendly interface for Subject Specific Research Guides (WAG and team, ongoing)
      • Add a suggestion form from each research guide going to bibliographers email. (WAG)
  7. Pedagogy: The Information Literacy Program will adopt appropriate pedagogy in order to most effectively engage student learning
    1. Pedagogy is active, diverse, multidisciplinary
      • New information literacy business course (Shaun, Spring 2003)
    2. Pedagogy encompasses critical thinking and reflection
    3. Pedagogy supports student centered learning
    4. Pedagogy includes active and collaborative learning activities
    5. Pedagogy builds on existing knowledge that student's bring into the classroom
    6. Pedagogy incorporates variations in learning and teaching styles
    7. Pedagogy includes collaboration with classroom faculty
    8. Pedagogy relates information to ongoing coursework
    9. Pedagogy experiments with a wide variety of methods
    10. Library Web site incorporates the latest trends in available technology to support these and emerging pedagogical approaches
      • New Library Web site design will consider these pedagogical approaches (WAG and team, 2001-2002)
      • New Library Web site will provide an interface to assist users in becoming information literate (WAG and team, 2001-2002)
  8. Staff: The Information Literacy Program will have appropriate staff in order to meet the needs of the program and student body at WSU.
    1. There will be an adequate number of faculty/staff
      • Assist with hiring new faculty and professional staff in order to to increase numbers of faculty involved in instruction team activities. By reducing involvement in Eng2010 and FYE's faculty would have more time for subject specific sessions. (University Librarian, team, ongoing)
    2. Faculty/Staff will have appropriate expertise and experience as described in Instruction Faculty Performance Expectations
      • Faculty/staff will be provided with, and take advantage of, continual opportunities to take part in professional development and training, on and off campus, in Utah and beyond. Continuing education will be documented in the FAR and in the team annual report. (Faculty, Carol, ongoing)
    3. Faculty/staff will collaborate with university librarian, team leaders, graphic designers, distance educators, multimedia authoring specialists and classroom faculty in support of information literacy.
      • Programming support for instruction will be provided (?)
    4. Faculty/staff will engage in service and scholarship relating to their instruction activities, subject specialization or other library activities in order to enhance their instruction.
      • Service and scholarship will be documented in the FAR and in the team annual report. (Faculty, Carol, ongoing)
  9. Outreach: The Information Literacy program will identify key audiences, partners and constituencies in order to best meet their needs, facilitate communication with stakeholders, and to continually improve the program
    1. Program activities will be communicated and publicized using a variety of outreach channels in order to reach audiences within the library, across campus and to the wider community.
      • A marketing plan will be developed for the Information Literacy program within the guidelines of the Library's marketing plan (forthcoming?)
      • The Library web will be used as an important marketing and outreach tool (WAG Spring and Summer 2002)
    2. Instruction team faculty will demonstrate an active involvement in campus professional development and training by offering, co-sponsoring, or participating in workshops and programs that relate to information literacy for faculty and staff
      • New faculty retreat (JaNae, new library faculty member)
      • New Student Orientations (WSU Orientation, with our poster display)
    3. An Instruction team member will represent the library and the Information Literacy program on the following faculty senate committees
      • Curriculum and General Education (Wade 2002-2003)
      • Teaching, Learning and Asessment (Shaun 2002-2003)
      • Faculty Senate (Kathy 2001-2003)
      • Faculty Senate Executive Committee (whenever possible)
    4. Instruction team members will demonstrate an active involvement in UALC or other regional or statewide organizations supporting the further advancement of information literacy.
  10. Assessment: Comprehensive and ongoing assessment practices will be implemented for both student learning and for the instruction program in order to continually improve student learning.
    1. All assessment will be used for ongoing planning and program improvement
    2. All assessment will include realistic and practical measures
      • A new information literacy competency requirement exam, TBE1504, will be developed and implemented with input from the TBE Department. (Carol, Summer and Fall 2002)
    3. An assessment plan will be developed for each type of instruction in order to continually improve instruction.
      • For credit student end of course evaluations will be evaluated annually and revised as needed (team, Fall 2002)
      • SNAP training will be provided (Team Fall 2002)
    4. Program assessment will be directly related to the goals and objectives of the program
    5. The following tools will be used to assess the information literacy program
      • Assessment by Team of team activities (team, ongoing)
      • Assessment of faculty through the Evaluation Criteria: Instruction Service (University Librarian, annual review)
      • Team/program goals and objectives (team and Carol)
      • Team annual report (Carol and team)
        • Including data from the following sources:
          • enrollment data from Staars
          • from TBE (on exams)
          • from team data form
          • from FAR's.
      • Graduating seniors survey (WSU Assessment committee)
      • As a part of the library wide biennial faculty survey (Spring 2002 or Spring 2003?)

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