LibGuides on Steroids: Expanding the Use of LibGuides to Justify Workload and Support Library

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CONFERENCE: Library Technology Conference

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Leibiger, Carol
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LibGuides have captured the attention of the American academic library world. Subject guides like LibGuides are intended to provide access to resources for disciplines or courses to supplement library instruction provided during one-shot sessions or at the reference desk. LibGuides are available to users when and where they are needed. A constant refrain in the literature on subject guides is the workload inherent in their creation and maintenance. LibGuides are easy to create. However, the time required to maintain LibGuides continues to have a strong impact on workload for otherwise busy librarians.As Information Literacy Coordinator (ILC), the presenter faces issues of uniformity when arranging IL instruction in large general-education courses like Freshman Composition. Scalability demands that the ILC share the teaching with all librarians in her library. This presents two needs: consistency of instruction across course sections and support of colleagues who don't teach regularly and are insecure about their ability to provide quality instruction. LibGuides help solve this problem. The LibGuides structure allows its use as a flexible instructional script, ensuring both uniformity and consistency. Additionally, it is possible to include ancillary materials that add variety to instruction and broaden the LibGuide‟s usefulness for colleagues (e.g., course syllabi, assignments, grading and assessment rubrics, course- or discipline-appropriate problem-based learning scenarios, and other helpful, supplementary resources).As IL programs move toward more scalable instruction by including paraprofessionals and course instructors as IL trainers, such supplementary materials provide scaffolding for non-librarians as they learn to offer effective, active, situated IL instruction. ABOUT THE PRESENTER: Carol Leibiger is Information Literacy Coordinator and Associate Professor at The University of South Dakota University Libraries.