Virtual embedded librarianship for information literacy teaching.
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MARTZOUKOU, K. and TRAMANTZA, E. 2014. Virtual embedded librarianship for information literacy teaching. Communications in computer and information science [online], 492, Information literacy: lifelong learning and digital citizeanship in the 21st century; Proceedings of the 2nd European conference(ECIL 2014), 20-23 October 2014,Dubrovnik, Croatia. Basel: Springer, pages 446-455. Available from: https://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-14136-7_47
This paper, reports on the planning and preliminary results of an action research project undertaken for the redesign of an online distance learning information literacy (IL) module on the basis of virtual 'embedded librarianship'. The research project, which followed an action research design, brought together the IL module coordinator and an Academic Liaison Librarian, working at different institutions to collaboratively redesign the assessment and teaching of the module. Data were collected via a qualitative analysis of students' work and a series of open-ended questions addressed to students on the value of the approach followed. Students reacted positively to the embedded librarianship design and engaged constructively in situated learning. Challenges included time-zones differences, the contribution level of students and lack of confidence. The paper puts emphasis on educating future information professionals as embedded information literacy partners, promoting the development of transferable skills and a collaborative/sharing online working ethos.