News from the Library!

The friendly folk from Flinders Library share important updates on Textbook notification, a FLO Readings Workshop and a new Embedding Information Literacy service model.

Textbooks and Readings
With the beginning of semester 1 fast approaching, please make sure to fill out the Textbook Notification form in Service One – these results help populate the Student Textbooks page which gives students an opportunity to know and order their required texts before classes start. Now is also a good time to review and update your Readings lists. The Readings team is running workshops and will have drop-in days at each campus (Sturt, Medical, Tonsley and Victoria Square) to provide help on using the system. Information can be found via iEnrol, or on our FLO Readings Workshop site.

Embedding Information Literacy – new service model!
The Library Learning & Teaching team continues to partner with Academic staff on embedding information literacy into topics and are transitioning to an online-first service model. This service model will allow us to greatly improve the level of our service, as we can provide information literacy instruction to every student at Flinders University, regardless of whether they study on campus or purely online. This model gives our team more time to develop new and innovative learning resources to better support both teaching staff and students.

Our service model contains three tiers:

  1. Embedding online resources

The top tier consists of embedding online resources into FLO topics for students to use largely self-sufficiently. This includes our suite of FLO topics: Learning Online, From Readings to referencing (includes our existing Library World topic) and Searching with confidence which are modular, can be scaffolded throughout a topic or course, and which students can work through at their own pace.

We are also developing an Information Literacy Gateway on the Library’s website. The Gateway will be a one-stop shop for students to access resources and activities to learn both broad information literacy concepts and specific research skills.

  1. Teaching resources and guidance for academics

The second tier consists of our team providing resources and guidance to Academic staff on how to use our available resources for more targeted information literacy instruction, including:

  • Providing suggestions for designing learning plans and assessments relating to information literacy learning outcomes that form part of the curriculum.
  • Providing training (and training materials) for tutor-led information literacy sessions.
  • Pre-recording lessons and providing recordings from previous years.
  1. Point of need online student sessions

The third tier of our model uses a flipped classroom approach to providing opportunities for students to ask questions of our team, but only after they have engaged with our learning resources. This can include:

  • Q&A sessions via Collaborate
  • Discussion forums in FLO
  • Drop-in sessions in the Commons space or the Sturt or Medical Libraries

If after these opportunities a student requires individual support, they can use the Book a Librarian service and attend a one-on-one appointment.

We are happy to discuss this new service model with you in more detail, including any implications for teaching within your College. Similarly, if you would like to work with us to create more subject-specific or bespoke experiences for your discipline, please contact us and note that this may take at least four weeks to develop.

Submit an enquiry via ServiceOne.

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