Digital Badges and Microcredentials
Digital badges, also known as microcredentials, are virtual representations of a specific skill, ability, accomplishment or competency. Being information literate in today’s world is critical to being successful. Our digital badges were created in order to address the information literacy skills that today’s college graduates need in order to successfully enter the workplace. They draw upon ALA’s Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education, the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education, original research conducted with employers, and other learning theories such as connectivism.
We are experimenting with using digital badges in different ways such as serving as a compliment to, or a substitute for, face-to-face library instruction in courses, and as a way to offer a virtual library orientation for online students. Visit Information Literacy Digital Badges at Penn State for detailed information.
As a department, we lead the implementation of learning and innovative technologies in the Libraries’ spaces, both virtual and physical, to inspire teaching, learning, partnerships, and research. Within our physical spaces, we are strongly committed to creating welcoming environments that facilitate learning for all. To enhance learning in virtual spaces, we are working to seamlessly integrate library resources into Canvas, Penn State’s Learning Management System, and to link instructors with our embedded librarians who participate in courses through Canvas.
Accessibility, diversity, and inclusion are a driving forces behind our vision. Library Learning Services is currently developing learning spaces that enable active learning and leverage technology in novel but pragmatic ways in order to catalyze learning and knowledge creation.
Student Engagement and Outreach
Student engagement and outreach activities are some of the most interesting and dynamic projects we’re involved in as a department. The opportunity to connect with the University and State College communities can take on many forms: providing a tour or scavenger hunt of the Libraries’ facilities, attending numerous resource fairs across campus, or hosting DeStress Fest at the end of the fall and spring semesters. Coordinating larger projects like the annual Open House and The Human Library give us the opportunity to partner across all library departments, as well as with other University areas, as we work to support students and carry out University Libraries' strategic goals.
As a department, the involvement and success of University students is one of our top priorities. As we move forward, we will continue to develop the programs necessary to support students throughout their undergraduate careers.
Contact: Megan Gilpin