Library Instruction West

by Dianne Carey, Library Faculty, Olympic College

Library Instruction West 2014 at Portland State University (LOEX) welcomed us on July 23-24, 2014. More than 250 librarians from the US, Canada, and the UK attended. The keynote speaker was Alison Head from the UW Information School and the Executive Director of Project Information Literacy (PIL). She gave a fascinating talk on the research habits of today’s students based on two studies that PIL conducted in 2012 and 2013, and a current study on lifelong learning that will be finished in 2015.

I attended a number of great sessions but there were two that stood out for me. The first was on open education resources given by Jane Secker of the London School of Economics. She talked about two of her projects: DELILA and CoPILOT . DELILA was a project with the University of Birmingham and the London School of Economics which turned existing information literacy objects into OERs. From its beginning in the UK, the librarians moved to CoPILOT, which supports librarians sharing these open resources internationally.

The second was offered by Meredith Farkas of Portland State University on using survey software used to create tutorials and do assessment. She had a dozen creative ideas on how to capitalize on the sophisticated features of survey software. In addition, she ran down the pros and cons of a number of different free and proprietary programs.

But I will have to say the absolute highlight of the conference was our dinner cruise aboard the Portland Spirit along the Willamette from Portland to Lake Oswego and back! The 2016 Library Instruction West will be held in Salt Lake City.

Also see News and Updates for presentations from our own CLAMS librarians at Library Instruction West 2014.

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