SLA Biomedical and Life Sciences Division

1999 Contributed Papers

Innovation in Library Instruction and Training in Biomedical and Life Sciences Libraries

This year, as in years past, the Contributed Papers Session committee had a difficult task on its hands: To select four outstanding presentations from among a group of would-be presenters, all of whom took the time to report to us a component of their work. We are fortunate enough this year to be able to highlight five of the original submissions. Our challenge to the submitters was to tell us about innovative approaches they are using to develop and deliver library instruction to their patrons: the content, the technology, the difficulties surmounted, the promotion and the evaluation. I think it is fitting in this time of decreased budgets and ever-increasing expectations that our presenters took up this challenge as an opportunity not only to teach library use, but to educate their patrons in just how much knowledge an information professional can bring to bear.

From distance learning to local access requirements, from undergraduate to faculty training, from subject-specific to application-based, these five groups will demonstrate that there is a world of possibility when information professionals are called upon to educate.

Will our presenters tell us that they were successful, the job is done and now it's time to quit? No, each of them has followed up the teaching experience with evaluation and reflection. Each of them can share the possible pitfalls of launching an innovative instructional program so that all of us can return to our institutions with some valuable tools. More importantly, each of them will convince us that the right kinds of instruction make a lasting contribution to lifelong learning.

Applying Instructional Design Principles to the Development of Web-Based Tutorials for Library Instruction
Anne M. Prestamo, Coordinator, Digital Library Services, Edmon Low Library, Oklahoma State University

Dine in or Take-Out: User Instruction in Transition from Local Delivery to Remote Access-- User Instruction in an Academic Library - A Time of Transition
William T. Johnson, Science Librarian, Arizona State University

Instructional Technology Seminars: Innovations in Faculty Development
Edith Starbuck, Information Services Librarian, Academic Information Technology and Libraries, University of Cincinnati Medical Center
Megan Schenk, Information Services Librarian, AIT&L
Leslie Schick, Associate Director, AIT&L
Alison Armstrong, Department Head, University Libraries Training and Educational Services

Course-integrated Instruction in an Academic Health Science Library: a Comparison of Basic Science and Clinical Strategies
Michele R. Tennant, Assistant University Librarian, University of Florida, Health Science Center Library
Barbara W. Francis, Associate University Librarian; Coordinator of Educational Services

Getting the Message Across: Constructing an Instructional Program for the Biological Sciences
Patricia B. Yocum, Shapiro Science Library, University of Michigan


Comments should be directed to Peggy Jones.

Rev. July 2007