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Friday, March 1, 2002
Eugene Hilton
Eugene, Oregon

Session One
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Information Literacy and Cyber Literacy
Lori Arp, Rolf Norgaard, Jennifer McCarty -University of Colorado at Boulder

Most universities have offered required writing courses for all incoming freshman for decades. These courses often have a component of information literacy attached to them, frequently in the form of course-integrated instruction, or offer interactive modules of increasingly sophisticated skills and concepts that describe the research process.These courses are well established, often with little room for flexibility on the Libraries part. At the University of Colorado at Boulder, no such course has been required of incoming freshman until now. In 2000, the University began large scale plans for implementing over a three-year period a new program designed specifically to address the issues of critical reading, writing and information literacy. The program will eventually reach 5000 students per year. Because this course is new to campus, the University Libraries are in the unique position nationally of developing large scale course integrated programming from the ground up in today's technologically rich environment. This presentation presents the theoretical and practical foundations of the program and how those address new theories of rhetoric and information literacy in the new technological environment. Readers, the traditional textbook of writing courses, have been eliminated and readings have been selected by rhetoric faculty and libraries faculty from all of the full-text sources currently available and linked via web pages to persistent URLs that seamlessly connect the 600 students enrolled to the resources. In addition, six assignments which enable the student to progressively experience increasingly sophisticated research concepts have been directly integrated into the syllabi of the 50 courses. The speakers will discuss the overall goals of the Program, and how collaboration is critical to the success of a large scale technological endeavor of this nature.

Lori Arp is Associate Professor and Director of the Office of Teaching and Learning University of Colorado at Boulder Libraries. She has worked extensively in the areas of learning theory, academic library instruction, information literacy standards development, and online consortia database agreements. Ms. Arp holds a M.S. in Library Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Jennifer E. McCarty is an Assistant Professor in the Central Reference Department at the University of Colorado at Boulder Libraries. She earned her MLIS from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1999. As the Humanities Reference and Instruction Librarian, instruction is her primary focus. She is also responsible for collections in Philosophy, Women's Studies, and Comparative Literature.

Digitizing on the Fast Track
Teresa Montgomery, Jim Rible -Southern Oregon University Library

In December 2000, the Southern Oregon University Library was awarded a grant to create the Southern Oregon Digital Archives. The primary collection, Southern Oregon Bioregions, will contain federal and state government publications relating to the unique ecology of the area. SOU librarians faced a steep learning curve to get the project underway. We have discovered that our project differs in many ways from most digitization projects which have concentrated on image collections and were concerned primarily with preservation issues. We will explore this evolving world of digitization including the many choices and issues surrounding a digitization project, and the various steps in turning printed material into a digitized object and making it available over the web.

Teresa Montgomery, Associate Library Director and Technical Services Coordinator at Southern Oregon University Library, has been involved with a variety of automation projects for 20 years.

Jim Rible is the Systems Librarian for Southern Oregon University. He has been involved with library information technologies for the last 16 years.

New Uses for Adobe Premiere in the Library
Lorin Fisher, Kevin Sonnier -Southwest Texas State University

This presentation covers the use of Adobe Premiere software as a viable alternative to Power Point for various library applications. Premiere integrates video, still, and audio tracks. The finished timeline is rendered as an .avi file, suitable for presenting on a widescreen projector or via Internet. In addition, pre-existing Power Point slides can be converted to .jpg and inserted in the Premiere timeline. The use of this program for the Paws Preview freshman orientation at Alkek Library at Southwest Texas State University is demonstrated.

Instructional Design for Online Modules: Models, Tips and Tricks
Melissa Koenig-University of Illinois at Chicago

As more library instruction programs make the leap into cyberspace, the importance of sound instructional design becomes evident. Online tutorials, while an appealing option for overburdened staff, are time consuming and expensive (both in time and money) to develop. It is therefore important that these instructional resources are designed well the first time.Many librarians have no formal training in instructional design and this makes the task at hand even more daunting. This session will focus on instructional design models that can be adapted for use with online tutorials. The session will also share tips and tricks from those who have designed "successful" tutorials.

Organizing Ready Reference and Administrative Information with the Reference Desk Manager
John Matylonek and Terry Reese -Oregon State University

Questions regarding special services, phone numbers, web-sites, library policies, current procedures, technical notices, and pertinent institutional information are often asked at the academic library reference desk. These frequent and urgent information requests are not strictly academic in nature require tools and resources to answer efficiently. Ready reference collections at the desk provide one such tool for academic information. Specialized local information resources resulting from the special needs of the libraries' clientele and the characteristics of the institution are more difficult to maintain. Non-academic information are often placed in disparate manuals, bulletin boards, manual printed card-files, and notes for the working reference librarian to sift through. As reference desk responsibilities get increasingly complex and communication becomes more problematic, a web database solution that synthesizes, communicates and manages this information can be very useful. OSU librarians in the Reference Services Management group created a custom-designed web-log bulletin board to deal with this information. The database allows reference librarians a one stop shopping place for the information while allowing each librarian to update the database via email as conditions, procedures, and information needs change in a busy, highly computerized information commons.

John Matylonek is an Engineering Librarian at Oregon State University.

Terry Reese is a maps cataloger at Oregon State University.

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