In 2011, information literacy—the ability to locate, evaluate, and use information effectively—became a core outcome for all Saint Mary's programs. To support the information literacy initiative, Twin Cities Librarians developed eBrarian, which is described below.
eBrarian is Twin Cities Library's instructional program that teaches students how to find, evaluate, and use information. Students learn from interactive learning modules, discussion board reflections, and peer feedback. eBrarians monitor discussion boards and provide assistance for questions that were not addressed in the learning modules. At the end of the course, eBrarians notify faculty which students posted to the discussion boards.
The goal of eBrarian is to provide responsive, relevant, and sustainable instruction that does not take away from class time or add to faculty workloads. With eBrarian, students benefit from prompt answers, improved research skills, and critical reflection while faculty have more time to teach course content.
Simply embed the eBrarian statement (see below) and discussion board due dates in the syllabus, and eBrarians manage everything else—creating, monitoring, and posting to discussion boards, and recording and notifying faculty of completed discussion board posts.
eBrarian syllabus statement
As part of this course, students are expected to view research tutorials and respond to discussion board questions. An eBrarian facilitates discussion board learning and answers questions not addressed in the research tutorials. eBrarians notify faculty when students have successfully completed the discussion board responses. Student responses on the eBrarian discussion board are not evaluated. Faculty may decide to award points for completion of discussion board responses.
The eBrarians developed five learning modules, which may be accessed here. The learning modules are highly interactive, self-paced, and self-assessed and cover the following concepts: