nolaILC Forum 2020

The New Orleans Information Literacy Collective’s annual Forum will be held 10-11:30 am, Monday-Thursday, July 27-30, 2020, with two back-to-back presentations each day, followed by questions and answers.

Monday, July 27, 2020, 10-11:30 am

“Nothing Compares 2 (Collaboration With) U”

Randa Lopez Morgan (Louisiana State University) and Darcy Rohwer (East Baton Rouge Parish Library)

This presentation will discuss the LSU Libraries and East Baton Rouge Parish Library’s 20 Something’s successful and growing partnership and how our collaboration provides beneficial opportunities for our students and for each other. Attendees will learn about the collaboration process, how to pick a collaboration buddy, why it is important in libraries, how LSU Libraries does it, and how others can do it, too.

“Writing for Lower Literacy Levels”

Julie H. Schiavo (LSU Health New Orleans)

Providing easy to read materials is a matter of democracy and accessibility. As librarians, we are in a unique position to promote literacy and to provide essential information in formats that are more accessible to those with lower literacy levels. This presentation will focus on three purposes: a description of the nature and the need for easy to read publications, tools to identify the main target groups for these publications, and to offer suggestions on how to produce easy to read publications.

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Tuesday, July 28, 2020, 10-11:30 am

“WebMD Says I Have a Brain Tumor”: Health Literacy Resources for Librarians

Amy Corder and Laura Wright (Tulane)

In this workshop, two health sciences librarians will discuss health literacy, what to consider when a patron asks a health-related question, provide a quick primer on how to search PubMed for articles cited in the news, and guide participants through freely available, evidence-based consumer health resources. The following resources will be included in this workshop: PubMed, Medline Plus, Healthfinder, CDC, NIH groups, Genetics Home Reference, DailyMed, Health Information Translations, Pillbox, identifying society websites, and more. Participants will leave this workshop with an understanding of health literacy, a plan for how to approach a reference interview surrounding a health topic, and a familiarity with freely available and accurate online health information resources.

“Who Ya Gonna Believe: When Governments Collide on Information”

Sonnet Ireland (St. Tammany Parish Public Library)

As librarians, we often rely on government entities to provide accurate information. What happens when government information turns to misinformation? In this new, post-pandemic world, what do we tell the public when information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention starts to ignore or contradict information from the World Health Organization? In this session, we will discuss how to assess scientific and medical information. We will provide tips for finding the real information hidden behind the statistics. We will also discuss the intricacies of teaching these information literacy skills to the people you serve.

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Wednesday, July 29, 2020, 10-11:30 am

“Going Beyond the Call Of Duty: Engaging Students As an Esports Coach”

Elizabeth Layton (Nicholls)

Recently, I eagerly volunteered to try on a new hat to reach students: I am an esports coach. In my presentation, I would like to talk about my personal experiences stepping into this role, how I’ve partnered with other departments to break stereotypes not only of librarians but also gamers to break down walls between professors and gaming students, and what being an esports coach has taught me about instruction and engaging others.

“It’s a Graphic World: Using Graphic Novels as Informational Texts”

Alicia Schwarzenbach (Delgado) and Soline Holmes (Sacred Heart)

Welcome to the Graphic World as we explore and discuss what kinds of informational comics and graphic novels are available?; What are good resources to find them?; How can graphic novels be used and taught in the classroom?; and How can they be used outside of the classroom?

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Thursday, July 30, 2020, 10-11:30 am

“A Semester of Teaching Digital Media Literacy: What Worked (and Didn’t)”

Paula DuPont (Louisiana State University)

LSU added a 1000-level digital media literacy skills course, satisfying the analytic reasoning/”math” requirement, to their general education catalog in Spring 2020. This was the first semester this course was taught at LSU, and I learned some important lessons I’d like to share about what worked (and what didn’t) teaching undergraduates digital media literacy in a 100% online format.

“Preventing Failure to Launch: How I Teach Research as Inquiry Using a Paperclip”

Rob Stephens (Nicholls)

When I teach one-shot instruction to students who are about to embark on a researched essay, I start class with a version of an exercise developed by Bruce Ballenger, author of The Curious Researcher, called “The Myth of the Boring Topic.” I’ve tailored the exercise a little bit to help students understand the Knowledge Practices and Dispositions associated with Research as Inquiry, namely that they need to approach research as a process of questioning and discovery rather than a process of proving a point. In this presentation, I will demonstrate this exercise and connect it with the Frame Research as Inquiry. I will also talk more broadly about how short exercises such as this one can help librarians incorporate the Frames into one-shot instruction in a tangible and measurable way.

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