A priority of the Libraries’ instruction program is to integrate information literacy as a component of a UNLV undergraduate degree. The Instruction Framework recommends a roadmap and tools for strategic development of the University Libraries’ instruction efforts.
The charge to the Instruction Framework Working Group included several deliverables which form the basis for future training, action, and program development.
I) Shared Values Statement
The statement (Appendix I), which was developed through a participative process open to all library staff, articulates values which motivate liaison actions in the area of teaching, learning and curricular integration of the UULO-Library Core.
II) Learning Outcomes
The statement of learning outcomes, the “UULO-Library Core,” (Appendices II-IV) is based upon the University Undergraduate Learning Outcomes (UULOs) adopted by the Faculty Senate at its April 12, 2011 meeting. The UULOs articulate the transferrable, intellectual abilities fundamental to academic, personal and professional success in all disciplines and were identified by the UNLV faculty through an iterative process (2008-2009). For the UULOs to live in the curriculum and in student experience they must be articulated at a meaningful level of specificity in course syllabi, integrated into course assignments and activities, demonstrated in student work, and be evaluated in feedback provided to students and in course grades. By selecting the UULO-Library Core, the Library identifies the areas where it can contribute expertise to student learning.
III) Curriculum Mapping
An important strategy for the Libraries will be an analysis of department and program curricula to identify courses that represent strategic points for the introduction, reinforcement, and enhancement of the UULO-Library Core. These will not be the only courses for which the Libraries will provide instructional support. However, building this framework in partnership with faculty will provide students with multiple developmental opportunities to develop these key abilities.
IV) Professional Development
The Library plans for ongoing training and support to ensure achievement of the Libraries’ education mission.
Assessment supports our stated value of continuous improvement. Assessment can be conducted to stimulate reflection on classroom teaching practice and designed to document the added value the Library brings to the University’s educational mission. The Framework recommends establishing an ongoing group to plan staff training and assessment activities.
- Instruction Framework Complete.pdf (includes all appendices)
- Instruction Framework Report_Final.docx (body & Appendix I only)