Welcome to the Information Literacy Summit’s first ever poster session! We’re excited to showcase these projects that highlight the adaptations instruction librarians made over the past year. You can view each poster by clicking on the linked title. Please leave comments or questions on the individual poster pages, and presenters will be keeping tabs and responding throughout the week (Apr. 26-30, 2021).
“Can you see my screen?”: Utilizing Virtual Appointments for Remote Research Support
Amanda Hahn, Research and Instruction Librarian, Liberty University
Jeremy McGinniss, Coordinator, Research and Instruction, Liberty University
This poster will show how one academic library employed virtual research appointments as part of the library’s response to COVID-19. Specific data points highlight student demographics, number of appointments, time spent per meeting, how usage coincided with the semester schedule, and impact of link location on service availability. The poster also identifies best practices, adjustments made since implementation, and results of initial assessment. The objective of this poster is to show how other libraries can take a similar approach to adapting and maintaining services for a virtual environment.
Cut the CRAAP: Teaching Information Evaluation in the Misinformation Age
Kara Blizzard, Librarian, University of Alberta
The COVID-19 pandemic has shown the harmful effects of misinformation and disinformation, from issues around mask-wearing and physical distancing to vaccine hesitancy. Many academic librarians teach library users how to evaluate information. Checklists such as the CRAAP test continue to be central to this teaching, despite substantial evidence of the limitations and even potential harm of checklist approaches. This poster explores the prevalence of checklists in teaching information evaluation, key criticisms of these approaches, and some of the alternatives that exist. It also offers questions for reflection on our teaching practices in the context of current events.
Engaging College Students through Dynamic Virtual Programming During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Paula Knipp, Reference and Instruction Librarian, St. Petersburg College
Kassandra Sherman, Library Services Paraprofessional, St. Petersburg College
St. Petersburg College Libraries have always been student focused, and this mission continued despite the shift of almost 1,800 campus-based courses to online during the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic brought our staff together in ways we never envisioned and helped keep our connections with students strong during these challenging times. Programs such as Virtual Therapy Dog sessions, Stitch, Please! crafting group, Virtual Tailgating, and the Diversity and Databases series kept our staff connected to students. Attendees of this session will have the opportunity to explore innovative ways to reach and engage college students during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Find an Article With Your Favorite Color in the Title: A Virtual Library Scavenger Hunt
Erin Weber, Information Literacy Librarian, University of Tennessee at Martin
In this poster, conference participants will learn how to create their own virtual library scavenger hunt using Padlet. They’ll also learn the ways a scavenger hunt helps students practice searching. This activity is flexible, suitable for both a journalism course where students find recent news articles about Covid-19 or a nursing methods class using peer-reviewed articles. In addition to online objects, students can also “find” keywords, topic ideas, citations, or ways to get help. This activity works in a synchronous classroom, asynchronous course, or traditional in-person class. Librarians can modify the scavenger hunt for any assignment, discipline, or skill level.
A Spark in the Dark: Using Adobe Spark Web Pages to Promote Library Resources During a Pandemic
Jessica Luetger, Public Services Librarian, Moraine Valley Community College
With library closures and stay at home orders in March of 2020, many physical library resources were suddenly inaccessible, and new ways to promote digital resources were immediately needed. Librarians at Moraine Valley Community College began using Adobe Spark web pages to share digital, and eventually physical, resources that might have otherwise remained unknown to students, faculty, and community members. Adobe Spark is a free, web-based tool that allows for simple webpage design and allows for the creation of virtual book displays, online event pages, and research guides. Participants will explore ways to build these pages to promote their own resources and connect online with their communities.
Unlocking via Pivoting: The Transition of a Wildly Successful Library Familiarization Activity Online
Derek Malone, University Librarian, University of North Alabama
This poster will discuss the transition of a successful library familiarization escape room activity to a digital format for the fall 2020 semester. It will detail the transition of the escape and convey difficulties and triumphs through the process. Assessment in comparison to what was previously attained for retention of concepts will be discussed.