Re-energizing Library Instruction: Using LibGuides in the Library Classroom
Academic librarians have eagerly adopted Springshare's LibGuides to use as subject guides, web sites and course guides. This session will focus on the use of LibGuides in the library classroom where instruction librarians are discovering that this efficient Web 2.0 tool can re-energize the library instruction experience for librarians, students and faculty. The interactive software allows us to rethink and redefine the use of course guides.
LibGuides not only provide a unique opportunity to offer a variety of available research tools to students but do so in a visually appealing Web 2.0 environment that students recognize and appreciate. LibGuides invite greater collaboration with faculty as the course guide is developed and ongoing communication as a course guide is continually updated to support a class or assignment.
Some of the most appealing features of LibGuides are the same ones that raise questions about how this Web 2.0 technology supports learning. How might LibGuides promote the development of information competencies? How can LibGuides facilitate assessment? How might librarians utilize the interactive and Web 2.0 features to promote active learning during face-to-face instruction sessions? As a customized portal to library resources, do LibGuides clarify the research process for the distance learner or further alienate them from the home library?
Librarians from a state university, a private institution and a regional campus will share the various ways they are using LibGuides in their classrooms and the particular benefits and limitations for freshmen, undergraduates, graduates, nontraditional students and distance learners.
Pat Antonelli, Assistant Librarian, BGSU Firelands College
Amy Fyn, Reference and Instruction Librarian, Bowling Green State University
Kathryn Venditti, Reference and Instruction Librarian, Ashland University