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Survey of Academic Library Leadership: Pandemic's Lasting Impact on Information Literacy Instruction

  • ID: 5319542
  • Report
  • May 2021
  • Region: Global
  • 53 Pages
  • Primary Research Group

The study presents data from 62 North American library deans and directors about how the pandemic has impacted information literacy instruction and its likely future course. The study helps its readers to answer questions such as: how have academic libraries adjusted their info literacy policies during the pandemic? Which changes will they continue with post pandemic and which will they abandon? In what areas has the library invested to further service online education? How did the library compensate for a dearth of in-person info literacy instruction and embedded librarian opportunities? How has the library assessed its altered policies and what is the path forward?

The data summary and commentary in the report was written by Susanna Cowan, Coordinator for Library Research & Assessment at UCONN Library.

Just a few of the 53-page report’s many findings are that:

  • Community colleges were much more likely than most other types of colleges to expand training in searching library content databases.
  • High tuition colleges were the most likely to have conducted an online library orientation for new students.
  • More than 56% of libraries sampled had newly developed or significantly further developed training or classes in integrating online information into classes.
  • Research universities were much likelier than others to have more greatly emphasized training in how to use the library eBook collection.

Data in the report is broken out by size and type of institution, by tuition level, for public and private institutions and enrolment level as well as by some personal characteristics of survey respondents.

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PARTICIPATHE QUESTIONNAIRE        

  • Characteristics of the Sample  

SUMMARY OF MAIN FINDING    

  • Overview    
  • Adjusting Information Literacy Training to Emphasize Use of Online Sources    
  • Creation or Development of Tools and Instruction in Specific Online Skills    
  • Integrating Online Information into Classes    
  • Use of the Course Management System    
  • Navigating the Library Website    
  • Using the Library eBook Collection    
  • Searching Library Databases    
  • Other Tools Developed    
  • Compensating for Decreased Information Literacy Presence in Introductory Courses    
  • Online Library Orientations    
  • Other New Positions or Activities Related to Online Instruction    
  • Hire One or More Additional Distance Learning Specialist    
  • Shift Information Literacy Duties to Online Rather Than In Person Training    
  • Increase Time or Money (or Both) for Online Information Literacy Tutorials    
  • Study and Improve Online Information Literacy Assessment    
  • Enhancing Online Information Literacy Training and Skill Assessment    

List of Tables

Table 1.1 Has the library adjusted its information literacy training to place greater stress on training in the use of online sources?    
Table 1.2 Has the library adjusted its information literacy training to place greater stress on training in the use of online sources? Broken out by Public or private colleges    
Table 1.3 Has the library adjusted its information literacy training to place greater stress on training in the use of online sources? Broken out by Carnegie class or type    
Table 1.4 Has the library adjusted its information literacy training to place greater stress on training in the use of online sources? Broken out by Tuition    
Table 1.5 Has the library adjusted its information literacy training to place greater stress on training in the use of online sources? Broken out by Number of FTE student enrollment    
Table 1.6 Has the library adjusted its information literacy training to place greater stress on training in the use of online sources? Broken out by Age of respondent    
Table 1.7 Has the library adjusted its information literacy training to place greater stress on training in the use of online sources? Broken out by Gender of respondent    
If so, what adjustments have the library made to info literacy training due to the pandemic?    
Table 2 Has the library newly developed or significantly further developed training tools or classes for any of the following? (check all that apply)    
Table 2.1.1 Has the library newly developed or significantly further developed training tools or classes for any of the following? (check all that apply) Integrating Online information into classes    
Table 2.1.2 Has the library newly developed or significantly further developed training tools or classes for any of the following? (check all that apply) Integrating Online information into classes Broken out by Public or private colleges    
Table 2.1.3 Has the library newly developed or significantly further developed training tools or classes for any of the following? (check all that apply) Integrating Online information into classes Broken out by Carnegie class or type    
Table 2.1.4 Has the library newly developed or significantly further developed training tools or classes for any of the following? (check all that apply) Integrating Online information into classes Broken out by Tuition    
Table 2.1.5 Has the library newly developed or significantly further developed training tools or classes for any of the following? (check all that apply) Integrating Online information into classes Broken out by Number of FTE student enrollment    
Table 2.1.6 Has the library newly developed or significantly further developed training tools or classes for any of the following? (check all that apply) Integrating Online information into classes Broken out by Age of respondent    
Table 2.1.7 Has the library newly developed or significantly further developed training tools or classes for any of the following? (check all that apply) Integrating Online information into classes Broken out by Gender of respondent    
Table 2.2.1 Has the library newly developed or significantly further developed training tools or classes for any of the following? (check all that apply) Use of the course management system    
Table 2.2.2 Has the library newly developed or significantly further developed training tools or classes for any of the following? (check all that apply ) Use of the course management system Broken out by Public or private colleges    
Table 2.2.3 Has the library newly developed or significantly further developed training tools or classes for any of the following? (check all that apply) Use of the course management system Broken out by Carnegie class or type    
Table 2.2.4 Has the library newly developed or significantly further developed training tools or classes for any of the following? (check all that apply) Use of the course management system Broken out by Tuition    
Table 2.2.5 Has the library newly developed or significantly further developed training tools or classes for any of the following? (check all that apply) Use of the course management system Broken out by Number of FTE student enrollment 
Table 2.2.6 Has the library newly developed or significantly further developed training tools or classes for any of the following? (check all that apply) Use of the course management system Broken out by Age of respondent    
Table 2.2.7 Has the library newly developed or significantly further developed training tools or classes for any of the following? (check all that apply) Use of the course management system Broken out by Gender of respondent    
Table 2.3.1 Has the library newly developed or significantly further developed training tools or classes for any of the following? (check all that apply) Navigating the Library Website    
Table 2.3.2 Has the library newly developed or significantly further developed training tools or classes for any of the following? (check all that apply) Navigating the Library Website Broken out by Public or private colleges    
Table 2.3.3 Has the library newly developed or significantly further developed training tools or classes for any of the following? (check all that apply)Navigating the Library Website Broken out by Carnegie class or type    
Table 2.3.4 Has the library newly developed or significantly further developed training tools or classes for any of the following? (check all that apply) Navigating the Library Website Broken out by Tuition    
Table 2.3.5 Has the library newly developed or significantly further developed training tools or classes for any of the following? (check all that apply) Navigating the Library Website Broken out by Number of FTE student enrollment    
Table 2.3.6 Has the library newly developed or significantly further developed training tools or classes for any of the following? (check all that apply) Navigating the Library Website Broken out by Age of respondent    
Table 2.3.7 Has the library newly developed or significantly further developed training tools or classes for any of the following? (check all that apply) Navigating the Library Website Broken out by Gender of respondent    
Table 2.4.1 Has the library newly developed or significantly further developed training tools or classes for any of the following? (check all that apply) Using the Library eBook collection    
Table 2.4.2 Has the library newly developed or significantly further developed training tools or classes for any of the following? (check all that apply) Using the Library eBook collection Broken out by Public or private colleges    
Table 2.4.3 Has the library newly developed or significantly further developed training tools or classes for any of the following? (check all that apply) Using the Library eBook collection Broken out by Carnegie class or type    
Table 2.4.4 Has the library newly developed or significantly further developed training tools or classes for any of the following? (check all that apply) Using the Library eBook collection Broken out by Tuition    
Table 2.4.5 Has the library newly developed or significantly further developed training tools or classes for any of the following? (check all that apply) Using the Library eBook collection Broken out by Number of FTE student enrollment    
Table 2.4.6 Has the library newly developed or significantly further developed training tools or classes for any of the following? (check all that apply) Using the Library eBook collection Broken out by Age of respondent    
Table 2.4.7 Has the library newly developed or significantly further developed training tools or classes for any of the following? (check all that apply) Using the Library eBook collection Broken out by Gender of respondent    
Table 2.5.1 Has the library newly developed or significantly further developed training tools or classes for any of the following? (check all that apply) Searching library databases    
Table 2.5.2 Has the library newly developed or significantly further developed training tools or classes for any of the following? (check all that apply) Searching library databases Broken out by Public or private colleges    
Table 2.5.3 Has the library newly developed or significantly further developed training tools or classes for any of the following? (check all that apply) Searching library databases Broken out by Carnegie class or type    
Table 2.5.4 Has the library newly developed or significantly further developed training tools or classes for any of the following? (check all that apply) Searching library databases Broken out by Tuition    
Table 2.5.5 Has the library newly developed or significantly further developed training tools or classes for any of the following? (check all that apply) Searching library databases Broken out by Number of FTE student enrollment    
Table 2.5.6 Has the library newly developed or significantly further developed training tools or classes for any of the following? (check all that apply) Searching library databases Broken out by Age of respondent    
Table 2.5.7 Has the library newly developed or significantly further developed training tools or classes for any of the following? (check all that apply) Searching library databases Broken out by Gender of respondent    
How, if at all, has or will the library compensate for the inability or decreased ability to embed librarians or foster info literacy in introductory courses such as “English 101” type courses?    
Table 3.1 Did the library conduct an online library orientation this past year for new students?    
Table 3.2 Did the library conduct an online library orientation this past year for new students? Broken out by Public or private colleges    
Table 3.3 Did the library conduct an online library orientation this past year for new students? Broken out by Carnegie class or type    
Table 3.4 Did the library conduct an online library orientation this past year for new students? Broken out by Tuition    
Table 3.5 Did the library conduct an online library orientation this past year for new students? Broken out by Number of FTE student enrollment    
Table 3.6 Did the library conduct an online library orientation this past year for new students? Broken out by Age of respondent    
Table 3.7 Did the library conduct an online library orientation this past year for new students? Broken out by Gender of respondent    
How will this experience of online library orientation session this year impact future library orientations?    
Table 4 Has or will the library do any of the following? (check all that apply)    
Table 4.1.1 Has or will the library do any of the following?  Hire one or more additional distance learning specialists    
Table 4.1.2 Has or will the library do any of the following?  Hire one or more additional distance learning specialists Broken out by Public or private colleges    
Table 4.1.3 Has or will the library do any of the following? Hire one or more additional distance learning specialists Broken out by Carnegie class or type    
Table 4.1.4 Has or will the library do any of the following? Hire one or more additional distance learning specialists Broken out by Tuition    
Table 4.1.5 Has or will the library do any of the following? Hire one or more additional distance learning specialists Broken out by Number of FTE student enrollment    
Table 4.1.6 Has or will the library do any of the following? Hire one or more additional distance learning specialists Broken out by Age of respondent    
Table 4.1.7 Has or will the library do any of the following? Hire one or more additional distance learning specialists Broken out by Gender of respondent    
Table 4.2.1 Has or will the library do any of the following? Shift info literacy duties to online rather than in person training    
Table 4.2.2 Has or will the library do any of the following? Shift info literacy duties to online rather than in person training Broken out by Public or private colleges    
Table 4.2.3 Has or will the library do any of the following? Shift info literacy duties to online rather than in person training Broken out by Carnegie class or type    
Table 4.2.4 Has or will the library do any of the following? Shift info literacy duties to online rather than in person training Broken out by Tuition    
Table 4.2.5 Has or will the library do any of the following? Shift info literacy duties to online rather than in person training Broken out by Number of FTE student enrollment    
Table 4.2.6 Has or will the library do any of the following? Shift info literacy duties to online rather than in person training Broken out by Age of respondent    
Table 4.2.7 Has or will the library do any of the following? Shift info literacy duties to online rather than in person training Broken out by Gender of respondent    
Table 4.3.1 Has or will the library do any of the following? Increase time or money (or both) for online info literacy tutorials    
Table 4.3.2 Has or will the library do any of the following? Increase time or money (or both) for online info literacy tutorials Broken out by Public or private colleges    
Table 4.3.3 Has or will the library do any of the following? Increase time or money (or both) for online info literacy tutorials Broken out by Carnegie class or type    
Table 4.3.4 Has or will the library do any of the following? Increase time or money (or both) for online info literacy tutorials Broken out by Tuition    
Table 4.3.5 Has or will the library do any of the following? Increase time or money (or both) for online info literacy tutorials Broken out by Number of FTE student enrollment    
Table 4.3.6 Has or will the library do any of the following? Increase time or money (or both) for online info literacy tutorials Broken out by Age of respondent    
Table 4.3.7 Has or will the library do any of the following? Increase time or money (or both) for online info literacy tutorials Broken out by Gender of respondent    
Table 4.4.1 Has or will the library do any of the following? Study and improve online info literacy assessment tools    
Table 4.4.2 Has or will the library do any of the following? Study and improve online info literacy assessment tools Broken out by Public or private colleges    
Table 4.4.3 Has or will the library do any of the following? Study and improve online info literacy assessment tools Broken out by Carnegie class or type    
Table 4.4.4 Has or will the library do any of the following? Study and improve online info literacy assessment tools Broken out by Tuition    
Table 4.4.5 Has or will the library do any of the following? Study and improve online info literacy assessment tools Broken out by Number of FTE student enrollment    
Table 4.4.6 Has or will the library do any of the following? Study and improve online info literacy assessment tools Broken out by Age of respondent    
Table 4.4.7 Has or will the library do any of the following? Study and improve online info literacy assessment tools Broken out by Gender of respondent    
What has the library done or plan to do to enhance online info literacy training and skill assessment?    

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