Library Learning Services Strategic Priorities

Strategic Priorities

  1. Teaching and learning expertise
  2. Foundational-level information literacy instruction
  3. Programming for outreach and student engagement
  4. Instructional classrooms and learning spaces

Library Learning Services is engaged in the following activities in each of our strategic priority areas:

Teaching and Learning Expertise

  • Training for Peer Research Consultants in the Search Bar in collaboration with the Knowledge Commons
  • Learning activity repository of instructional activities, mapped to foundational learning outcomes
  • Training for ENGL 15 instructors in methods to teach source evaluation through a workshop for ENGL 602 (a support class for new ENGL15 instructors)
  • Orientations on the topic of library instruction integration into courses for new instructors to the ENGL 15, CAS100A, and ESL 15 courses
  • Workshops on information literacy topics for Penn State librarians and staff
  • Presentations on topics of library instruction, research integration, information literacy badges, and embedded librarianship to World Campus Academic Advisors, Program Planning Management, and Instructional Designers

Foundational-level information literacy instruction

Library instruction sessions for ENGL, CAS, and ESL classes 

Coordination of library instruction and engagement activities for the Learning Edge Academic Program (LEAP), including:

  • Pop-up Libraries in student dining commons
  • Library Escape Rooms
  • Library Resource Fair
  • Library tour training for all LEAP student mentors

Creation and evaluation of digital badges, a form of online microcredentialing consisting of tiered learning activities for which students earn badges upon mastery. Current badges include: 

  • Information Literacy Badges- 10 badges grouped into three ‘meta-badges’ and one master or “Uber” badge
  • The Library Connection - provides a library orientation experience for World Campus (online) students
  • Citation/Academic Integrity Badges – used by both graduate and undergraduate courses

Teaching credit courses 

  • LST 83 –explores the navigation of the information environment through the lens of information evaluation
  • LA 201W –provides students with an understanding of a distinctive model of performance assessment – the learning portfolio

Programming for Outreach and Student Engagement

Orientation Activities

  • New Student Orientation; Student, faculty, staff, and community tours of the library; Resource Fairs across campus

Supporting First Year Students

  • Open House; LEAP events

Embracing and Supporting the Penn State Community

  • De-Stress Fest; Human Library; Parents & Families Weekend; Pop-Up Libraries; International Write-In

Community Outreach

  • High school visits; Summer program visits (Upward Bound, Student Research Opportunities, PA School for Excellence in the Ag Sciences)

Instructional Classrooms and Learning Spaces

Physical Spaces:

  • Management of library classrooms and learning spaces

Online Spaces:

  • Library presence in Canvas via Libguides
  • Libraries’ Learning Portal, an entry point for access to the libraries’ teaching and learning support materials