Library Instruction by Design: Using Design Thinking to Meet Evolving Needs
Friday, June 1 • 10:45am - 12:00pm
Reorganizing Digital Learning Objects for Student Success

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Most academic libraries have a suite of DLO’s intended to bolster information literacy concepts. The Oviatt Library has such a collection mainly in the form of videos hosted on YouTube and the library website. While most collections focus on the content to be disseminated, it became apparent to the librarians at CSUN that our collection needed to be updated and reorganized focusing instead on effecting student learning outcomes. It was important to us that students be able to find and use these tutorials to become successful at their research.
What followed was an iterative process in which content was assessed for being applicable to student learning outcomes as well as useful to users. User needs were considered by mining existing data as well as conducting user surveys, and user studies were conducted including card sorts, AB testing, and task scenarios to find out how users found and used this information. What resulted was the realization that DLO’s are not static objects that live on a website or YouTube channel ad infinitum, but that they should be dynamic, taking into account evolving user needs and should be recommended by teaching librarians, faculty from other departments, and other students. While we completed a reorganization of the tutorials based on information obtained from our user studies, we are in the process of creating a content strategy plan addressing the need to repeatedly assess and update our DLO’s and align them with user needs.

Session Learning Outcomes
  • Participants in this presentation will demonstrate auditing existing content and will formulate their own content strategy plan. They will be faced with the same problems that we were and will discuss in groups what works. We will illustrate our experience and provide them with the fun resources that we used. Spoiler Alert: Rapid Prototyping is fun!


Yi Ding

Online Instructional Design Librarian, California State University Northridge
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Jamie Johnson

First Year Experience Librarian, CSU- Northridge

Melissa Rassibi

Librarian, CSUN

Friday June 1, 2018 10:45am - 12:00pm
Xavier University of San Francisco - Fromm Hall 2497 Golden Gate Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94118-4315

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