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Title:A “silver lining” for covid-19: accelerating online engagement and future reach of information literacy instruction
Author(s):Costello, Laura; Radford, Marie; Montague, Kaitlin
Subject(s):Information literacy instruction
Online teaching
Digital pedagogy
Abstract:The COVID-19 pandemic significantly impacted academic library operations including delivery of information literacy instruction (ILI). In addition to transitioning ILI services online, librarians faced many challenges in evolving pedagogical practices, experimenting with and implementing new technologies, and organizing digital ILI programs including managing changes in audience and volume. This paper explores ILI data from a two-part longitudinal survey conducted with 300 academic librarians and 28 semi-structured interviews with reference and user services leaders of academic libraries to understand how libraries transitioned ILI services and the implications for librarian education. Results suggest that this was a significant and challenging shift and qualitative analysis identifies themes for development including New Services, Organization and Adaptation to ILI Delivery Platforms, and ILI Volume Changes. The changes brought on by the shift to online ILI will continue to influence librarianship into the future and the discussion suggests areas of development for curricula in library education.
Issue Date:2021-09-20
Series/Report:Education, Information Literacy, Curriculum, Online Learning
Genre:Conference Paper / Presentation
Date Available in IDEALS:2021-09-17

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