LMU Librarians Present at ACRL 2017

acrl2017Academic librarians, archivists, and information professionals from across the world attended the 2017 conference of the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) in Baltimore. Four librarians from LMU presented their recent projects and research.

Discover CORA: An Open Educational Resource for Teaching and Learning (Susan Archambault)

This poster showcased CORA (Community of Online Research Assignments), a new open access resource for faculty and librarians in higher education built using Drupal. CORA contains information literacy assignments, activities, assessment, pedagogy, and other teaching resources. All assignments contributed to this collection are released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and re-purposing by other educators. Assignments are searchable by discipline, information literacy concept, ability level, or keyword.

Space Invaders: Measuring Use and Satisfaction Through Mixed Methods (Alexander Justice)

Six years ago, we built the “perfect” information commons space designed to support individual and collaborative research and scholarship for the millennial student. Six years later, we are discovering that students are using the space in new and unexpected ways. What happens when your students have changed, but the space has not? This presentation explored different aspects from a mixed methods research study of an information commons at a medium-sized academic library.

When Treading Water Isn’t Enough: What Academic Librarian Parents Need to Thrive (John Jackson)

How do you balance the demands of parenthood with the workload of academic librarianship? What institutional policies contribute to or hinder our ability to be productive academics and full-time caregivers? This panel identified common themes, questions, and frustrations experienced by academic librarians who are also parents. Participants were invited to share their own struggles in order to create a larger conversation about institutional changes needed to further work/life balance for academic librarians.

What’s Social Justice Got To Do With Information Literacy (Elisa Acosta)

Social justice is a critical component of information literacy (IL). As librarians we have an obligation to critique the power structures that control information. Instruction librarians at four medium to large, private, Catholic institutions collaborated to develop IL instruction grounded in social justice. The project involved applying a social justice construct to IL; creating lesson plans and instructional strategies; assessment; and sharing lessons in an open access database.