The University of Cincinnati Libraries (UCL) is developing an exciting new team of informationists, specialists in research data services who are a hybrid of outreach/embedded librarian and data librarian, to partner with research faculty and students. UCL recently hired three informationist positions to serve data-generating researchers at UC, and plans to hire another social science informationist in the near future. UC informationists are working on several exciting new projects including the creation of new bioinformatics workshops, partnering with an otolaryngology research team, organizing a geographic information system (GIS) working group and GIS events at UC, and providing research assistance for clinical research teams. In addition, the informationists regularly interact with and serve as members of key governance committees and collaborate with the Offices of Research and Information Technology. The informationist team is also moving two key strategic initiatives forward: the development of formalized research data services and the creation of health informatics support from the Health Sciences Library. Both of these initiatives are helping us to develop models for cross-institutional collaboration.
Background and objectives
Library instruction, especially in one-shot sessions, usually focuses on framing research questions, finding sources, and evaluating information. Similarly, online guides tend to highlight search tools and techniques and evaluation of sources by applying traditional criteria. The ACRL Framework (2015) has expanded the definition of information literacy by including creation of new knowledge and ethical participation in communities of knowledge. We thought it was essential to address these competencies in instruction, especially in view of publications (Monge & Frisicaro-Pawlowski. 2014) and studies (Head, 2012; Head, 2016) that point at the discrepancy between information literacy instruction provided in college and actual demands of the workplace. Monge & Frisicaro-Pawlowski (2014) emphasize the importance of encouraging students “to engage in personal information management by using… web-based media” and “use technology for social interaction and collaboration” (Monge & Frisicaro-Pawlowski. 2014, p. 70).
In order to start bridging the gap between the skills typical graduates acquire through library instruction and those that will prepare them for workplace success and lifelong learning, we created an online guide that reflects the I-LEARN model (Neuman, 2011, p.97) and
• covers a variety of information competencies, including “staying smart” in a rapidly changing world (Head, 2016), organizing information, creating content, succeeding in online collaboration, and being a safe and responsible online contributor;
• points students to free institutional resources that may be available after they graduate, and quality online tools and resources they can use anytime; and
• provides tips and best practices for essential information-related tasks, including managing information, publishing content, and maintaining an online presence.
Participants will take away
• ideas for the guide structure and content, which can be adapted to their needs;
• suggestions on developing a guide with input from faculty and other campus stakeholders, and
• examples of how various pages of the guide can be integrated into course content.
We will share our experience of using the guide in course-specific instruction and observations of the impact it had on students We will discuss our future plans, which include working with subject specialists and faculty to create discipline-specific assignments, instruction, and guides in order to equip students with information skills relevant to their future workplace.
Association of College & Research Libraries (2016). Framework for information literacy for higher education. Retrieved from http://www.ala.org/acrl/standards/ilframework
Head, A.J. (2012). Learning curve: How college graduates solve problems once they join the workplace [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.projectinfolit.org/uploads/2/7/5/4/27541717/pil_fall2012_workplacestudy_fullreport-1.pdf
Head, A.J. (2016). Staying smart: How today's graduates continue to learn once they complete college [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.projectinfolit.org/uploads/2/7/5/4/27541717/staying_smart_pil_1_5_2016b_fullreport.pdf
Monge, R., & Frisicaro-Pawlowski, E. (2014). Redefining information literacy to prepare students for the 21st century workforce. Innovative Higher Education, 39(1), 59-73. doi:10.1007/s10755-013-9260-5
Neuman, D. (2011). Learning in information-rich environments: I-LEARN and the construction of knowledge in the 21st century. New York : Springer.
This presentation at UC's 9th Annual Equity & Inclusion Conference describes UC Libraries' successful programs and activities that educate the participants about equity, inclusion, and multiculturalism. The presenters shared their experience in organizing engaging sustainable events, fostering collaborations, and enhancing the lives of international students.
During the last three years new leadership at the University of Cincinnati (UC) in many senior administrative positions has resulted in a rare culture of collaboration. This presentation will focus on the dynamic that has evolved among the Dean of Libraries, Vice President for Information Technology, and the Vice President for Research; discuss the development of the Research Hub@UC, which will deliver a profile-based customized suite of programs to researchers and scholars throughout the lifecycle; and explore a specific initiative (Scholar@UC) that demonstrates the depth of collaboration and its impact on the partners’ cultures, particularly the libraries’ at all levels. UC’s research support ecosystem has been disjointed, incomplete, ignored, or simply hidden. To grow the university’s research enterprise, these leaders realized that support programs throughout the research lifecycle had to be improved, expanded, and promoted. Presenters will discuss the successes and challenges of bridging different work cultures, funding development in a fiscally austere environment, and establishing collaborative models for operational support. To demonstrate the value and challenges of the partnership, including its impact on the cultures of each partner, presenters will explore two projects that have been enabled by the partnership, including the aforementioned Research Hub@UC and Scholar@UC, a faculty self-submission repository. Using these as case studies, presenters will discuss how agile (including open source) software development projects and broad system integration needs have enabled the partners to develop nimble, user-driven processes and a strong sense of risk taking to deploy new enterprise-wide systems in an environment of lean staff and resources.
Our new student orientation has evolved for the past twelve years as a sustainable and dynamic program reaching over 4,000 students over the course of 20 days. A modified version of this model is used for international students. This visual interactive presentation provides tips for orientation logistics, activities, and ways to involve students in planning and delivery. Data on international and domestic students’ high school research habits gathered during orientation will be shared.
Institute of Modern Russian Culture Newsletters 1979-2018. The newsletter is distributed biannually and provides information and events connected to the IMRC. The newsletter contains lists of books, journals, and catalogs related to the art and culture of Russia. It also lists events and exhibitions that took place during the year.
This presentation at the 7th Annual describes UC Libraries' efforts aimed at enhance international student library orientation, giving students keys to success living and studying in another country, and providing diversity training to UCL staff and student employees.