I-Share Instruction Team Meeting: December 13, 2011

Members attending: Susan Avery, Kirstin Duffin, Julie Murphy,  Elizabeth Nicholson,  Ken Orenic, Marisa Walstrum, Merna Youngblood

Excused members: Chris Sweet, Ariel Neff

IUG Liaison: Nancy Laverdiere, excused

CARLI staff attending: Lorna Engels


  • Minutes from the November 15, 2011 meeting were approved.

CARLI report - Lorna Engels

  • CARLI systems tech continues to monitor occasional time-out reports; is potentially an institutional network issue, not a CARLI issue

  • No new business to report

IUG report

  • No new business to report; committee meets on Friday, 12/16

Old business:

Wiki Instruction-related materials

  • Several members expressed concerns about the instruction-related materials wiki, including:
    • how difficult it is to edit/add wiki content – steep learning curve
    • maintaining currency of content
    • Who will be responsible for maintenance?
    • Will outside users think to visit this resource?
  • CARLI is eventually switching to Drupal; this may provide a better wiki platform
  • Discussion about how other CARLI committees maintain wikis
    • Some are maintained by CARLI staff, others by team members
  • General consensus: table discussion until we know more about CARLI’s Drupal implementation timeline


  • Registration is open.
    • As of 12/13, 18 registered participants
    • Instruction Team members need to register to attend
    • Registration closes on 1/3/12
    • Reminder will be sent at beginning of next week (12/19 – Lorna)
    • Contact colleagues to encourage participation and attendance
  • Graduate LIS students from Dominican and UIUC are invited
  • Minimum threshold for holding event: 30 participants
  • If we do not reach 30 participants, event will be canceled with no firm rescheduling date
    • Low registration may have more to do with time of year than lack of interest
    • In the event of inclement weather, notification will most likely be sent out the Monday evening before the event (Snow day, 1/13/12)
  • Unconference Introductions – Chris volunteered to introduce concept, topics and facility
  • Unconference co-facilitators
    • Team members serving as moderators
    •   Moderator would provide discussion starting points, shift conversation to participants, introduce new topics as needed
    • Leaders within breakout groups will likely emerge
  • Unconference topics
    • Survey responses show that most popular themes are “Library Instruction Assessment” and “Alternatives to Library Instruction”
    • How to balance preparedness with fluidity of unconference design?
    • How to meld existing topics with proposed topics from survey? (Lorna will send link to Survey Monkey responses)
    • Gauge interest on day of unconference to determine topics for discussion

Spring Forum

  • No updates on Dr. Sharon Chubbuck’s availability
  • No updates on locations – waiting on Dr. Chubbuck’s availability
  • Possible facilities include: UIC, DePaul
    • Other locations mentioned: Harper College and Moraine Valley Community College
  • Deadline for CARLI funding proposal is in January
  • Tentative topic: Diversity
    • Keynote followed by breakout afternoon sessions
    • Possible title: “Library Services for a Diverse Student Population”
    • Breakout sessions that connect instruction and diversity – wide range of topics, including:
  • How to use library collection in instruction to discuss diversity
  • Information literacy
  • Student populations
    • Presenters for breakout sessions – send out a call for presenters
  • May need to provide a more concrete theme for presenters
  • Should this be an I-Share only event?
    • Group again tabled discussion of inviting graduate students; waiting to decide based on participation at Unconference.  End of semester may impact attendance for students.

New business

No new business to report.

The meeting was adjourned at 11:25 a.m.

Next meeting: January 17th 2012, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Elizabeth Nicholson
Aurora University