SCIL Works 2005
"Risky Business: Innovation and Information Literacy"

Friday, January 21st, 2005
California State University, Long Beach

The annual SCIL Works (formerly the SCIL Open House) is a half-day program in which local instruction librarians exchange ideas and share what’s new in information literacy practice and programming at their institutions. SCIL Works 2005 was held on Friday, January 21st at California State University, Long Beach. The theme for SCIL Works 2005 was: "Risky Business: Innovation and Information Literacy." The program session descriptions are below; each one features a link to the Powerpoint slideshow used in the program and to a report on the session in MS Word format. You can also see a PDF version of the evaluations submitted.

Innovative Risk: Library Instruction in the Blackboard Environment
Marie Bronoel - UC Riverside Libraries, Ying Shen - UC Riverside Libraries

Powerpoint Slideshow
Report by Gale Burrow, Claremont Colleges

The Science/Instruction librarians at UCR are collaborating with faculty and using Blackboard (iLearn) course management software to create library components that are integrated into course websites. This presentation will showcase four different iLearn applications and models, including one-shot course-related library sessions, total course integration, new student orientation, and faculty workshops. It will also highlight resulting advantages and effective collaboration practices among librarians, faculty, and computing support services. 

Marketing the Library to Undergraduates: Outreach and Information Literacy
Marlo Maldonado Young, Undergraduate Outreach Coordinator - UC San Diego Libraries

Powerpoint Slideshow
Report by Karin Griffin, CSU - Long Beach

How can librarians effectively promote the library and information literacy to the undergraduate population? Using the UCSD Libraries as a case study, this presentation will address developmental, administrative, and evaluative aspects of a formative undergraduate outreach program that serves to educate students through traditional and non-traditional strategies and tactics that support information literacy. It will highlight research related to undergraduate usage of and perceptions about libraries and marketing strategies that debunk misconceptions and stereotypes. Participants will also learn about outreach practices that are proving to be effective among students at UCSD.

Towards Evidence-Based Decisions for Information Literacy Programs
Gabriela Sonntag, CSU San Marcos Library

Powerpoint Slideshow
Report by April Cunningham Hannon, Palomar College

In hard budget times, with competing demands on human resources as well as space limitations, librarians are developing information literacy programs that request funding, require time-intensive collaboration with faculty and students, and utilize costly instructional computer labs with high-end technology for teaching. Librarians cannot continue to develop programs without evidence that these programs have a profound impact on the educational mission of our institutions and on the success of students as measured by student learning outcomes. This session will focus on program assessment and share one model of evidence–gathering and reporting to justify information literacy programs. Participants will brainstorm and discuss types of data that librarians can share in support of their information literacy efforts.

Winning Their Hearts and Minds: Promoting Engagement in Library Instruction
Debra Quast - Azusa Pacific University,
Steve Brewster - Riverside Community College

Powerpoint Slideshow
Report by E. Carol Dales, CSU Dominguez Hills

Every instruction librarian has experienced students attending library sessions who seem disinterested and silent. What can we do when students sit like bumps on a log, unwilling to interact, and unable to engage? How can students be encouraged to connect during a library session? This workshop will provide participants with strategies and activities designed to promote and increase student engagement in four key areas: between students and librarians; between students; with an information literacy curriculum; and with the world of information beyond the classroom. The strategies are useful for single-focus seminars or sessions as well as full semester courses.