Instruction Committee Meeting: November 22, 2013

Location: Google + Hangout

Members attending: Susan Avery, Frances Brady, Kirstin Duffin, Laura Mondt, Elizabeth Nicholson, Aimee Walker, Frances Whaley, and Beth Mandrell

Members absent: Molly Beestrum

CARLI Staff attending: Lorna Engels and Debbie Campbell

Guests: none


  • Minutes of the October 25, 2013, meeting were approved prior to the meeting.


  • None


  • Instruction listserv
    • Created specifically for instruction related topics. Lorna has added everyone on the instruction committee.
    • So far there is 127 people who have been signed up for it.
    • Lorna mentioned that there was a question posted from someone in Rockford that needed an answer.
    • Anyone can answer questions posted.
  • Assessment Webinars - evaluation and reflection
    • Per Lorna Engels email November 18, 2013 - The recording of the Instruction Committee's first webinar on assessment: Knowing is Half the Battle! Assessment in Academic Libraries may be viewed here:
    • If you have any questions for Devin Savage, Jeannette Moss or Chris Davidson please post them to and they will answer on list for all to see.
  • Additional Webinars - feasibility & theme
    • Debbie suggested we might want to have presentations from other webinar proposals to be included in the Summer Forum.
  • IACRL pre-conference update
    • Still waiting for information about number of rooms, which impacts type/length of programming.
    • Elizabeth said that the sessions will be 1-1 ½ hours long.  Members felt 90 minutes would be needed if we have breakout sessions.
    • Lorna will send information about where and when as she receives it.
    • Proposed format of session:
      • Start with panel discussion as introduction to topic, allow panelists to address how they approach the topic.
      • Break out for group discussion among participants.
      • Need to brainstorm questions to ask the panel, which will then help start the group discussion
    • Karen Schmitt - is the keynote speaker for the morning.
    • Susan sent the description below of the IACRL session after the meeting:
      • Evidence-Based Library Instruction as an Assessment Tool
        “This session will focus on identifying evidence gathered during the course of library instruction that can be used to assess and improve teaching.  What is good evidence?  How do we use this evidence to assess our effectiveness in the library instruction classroom in a manner that will facilitate student learning?  The Instruction Committee will explore the answers to these questions and more as we examine our instruction more closely in order to build a culture of evidence-based instruction.  Led by members of the Instruction Committee, this session will begin with a short panel discussion, breakout into small group discussions, and reconvene to share outcomes of the discussions.”
  • Instruction forum update - June 2014
    • Still waiting to hear from JJC’s facilities staff. Lorna will let us know as soon as she hears anything.

Meeting Dates and Deadlines:

Schedule of Instruction Team Meetings:

  • Monday, July 29, 2013, CARLI office, 10:00am-1:30pm
  • Friday, August 23, 2013, Phone/video conference, 10:00am-11:30am
  • Friday, September 27, 2013, Phone/video conference, 10:00am-11:30am
  • Friday, October 25, 2013, Phone/video conference, 10:00am-11:30am
  • Friday, November 22, 2013, Phone/video conference, 10:00am-11:30am
  • Friday, December 27, 2013, NO MEETING
  • Friday, January 24, 2014, Phone/video conference, 10:00am-11:30am
  • Friday, February 28, 2014, Phone/video conference, 10:00am-11:30am
  • Friday, March 28, 2014, Phone/video conference, 10:00am-11:30am
  • Friday, April 25, 2014, Phone/video conference, 10:00am-11:30am
  • Friday, May 23, 2014, Phone/video conference, 10:00am-11:30am
  • Friday, June 27, 2014, Phone/video conference, 10:00am-11:30am

Minutes Schedule:

  • July 2013 - Frances Whaley
  • August 2013 - Aimee Walker
  • September 2013 - Elizabeth Nicholson (absent, taken by Laura Mondt)
  • October 2013 - Elizabeth Nicholson
  • November 2013 - Beth Mandrell
  • December 2013 - NO MEETING
  • January 2014 - Michelle Guittar
  • February 2014 - Kirstin Duffin
  • March 2014 - Frances Brady
  • April 2014 - Molly Beestrum
  • May 2014 - Susan Avery
  • June 2014 - Frances Whaley

Blog Posting Schedule:

  • Instruction "tips, tools, and techniques” of your choosing
  • Post during first week of the month
    • September 2013 - Susan Avery
    • October 2013 - Molly Beestrum
    • November 2013 - Frances Brady
    • December 2013 - Kirstin Duffin
    • January 2014 - NO POSTING
    • February 2014 - Michelle Guittar
    • March 2014 - Beth Mandrell
    • April 2014 - Laura Mondt
    • May 2014 - Elizabeth Nicholson
    • June 2014 - Aimee Walker