Information Literacy Research
Being connected to a large, academic research community has allowed me to conduct research into information literacy and instructional best practices; this has greatly informed my teaching and overall understanding of the role of public services. This work has also allowed me to extensively use the very databases, discovery layers, and search skills that I teach in my instruction classes. On this page I have included links to two studies I conducted while a graduate student.
LIS 450, Issues Paper.
In an issue paper I wrote for an organization of information course (LIS 450, UW-Madison), I focused on ESL students and the reference interview at academic libraries in the United States and elsewhere. For this paper I also examined ACRL standards in use at the time (link is to the right).
LILI Practicum, Environmental Scan.
As part of the LILI Practicum (see my Reference and Instruction page for details on this), I co-conducted the first stages of an environmental scan of current library instructional best practices. My inquiry included examining relevant LOEX 2013 presentations and searching for pertinent studies in the library information literature. Included here is the annotated bibliography component of my research. My co-researcher and I presented our findings to instructional coordinators from across the UW-Madison campus (link is to the right).