UW-Madison Libraries Info Literacy Instruction

Last Updated
08/12/2022
Description

Information literacy is the set of integrated abilities encompassing the reflective discovery of information, the understanding of how information is produced and valued, and the use of information in creating new knowledge and participating ethically in communities of learning (Association of College & Research Libraries, 2016).

This data visualization comes from a combination of 2 data sources: 1) UW-Madison Libraries instruction session statistics; 2) Student enrollments for corresponding course sections. Library staff record an entry each time they provide information literacy instruction or otherwise visit a course. These sessions are recorded and maintained by the Libraries' Teaching & Learning Programs office.

Report URL
https://tableau.wisconsin.edu/#/views/UW-MadisonLibrariesInfoLiteracyInstruction_0/HomePage
Data Cookbook URL (requires authorization)
https://uwmadison.datacookbook.com/institution/reports/31114/versions/60337
Data Domain(s)
Academic Planning
Access Restrictions
Publicly Available
Data Source Information
InfoAccess
Data View Information
STDNT_CRSE_ROSTER_MULTITERM, FROZEN_ENROLLMENT_DEMO, FROZEN_ENROLLMENT_PLAN, ACADEMIC_PLAN
Update Schedule
Data are collected after the end of each spring term.
Responsible Office
UW-Madison Libraries Teaching & Learning Programs Office
Important Notes

This data visualization comes from a combination of 2 data sources: 1) UW-Madison Libraries instruction session statistics; 2) Student enrollments for corresponding course sections. Library staff record an entry each time they provide information literacy instruction or otherwise visit a course. These sessions are recorded and maintained by the Libraries' Teaching & Learning Programs office.

Library instruction session data was then combined with section level enrollment data for campus courses. Using a variety of matching techniques the Libraries were able to map our local instruction statistics to campus timetable courses for a little over 90% of information literacy instruction sessions recorded by library staff.

Note on COVID Pandemic Impact on Library Services

During the Spring 2020-Spring 2021 semesters, UW-Madison was under COVID-19 pandemic protocols that had a major impact on library instruction sessions. This has had an impact on the number of courses and sessions where library instruction occurred. Additionally, it is responsible for an increase in the amount of instruction the Libraries provided to online courses.

Definition of Undergrads Who Potentially Completed a Full Career

On the pie charts for Undergraduate Library Instruction Encounters (the Undergrad Frequency tab), we found a sub-population of students who encountered information literacy instruction and potentially completed a full academic career at UW-Madison. Our goal for this visualization is to identify how well the Libraries' information literacy instruction program is mapped to campus curriculum so that library staff are teaching introductory concepts to Freshmen students and progressively more sophisticated research techniques as students progress in their studies. It was not within the scope of this analysis to determine whether or not each of the students enrolled had graduated, but for the purposes of these visualizations it is assumed that students continued to progress.

Because the time period of study runs from Fall 2011 through Spring 2017, students in this category meet at least one of the following conditions:

* Had library instruction as a Freshman between Fall 2011 and Spring 2018

* Had library instruction as a Sophomore between Fall 2012 and Spring 2019

* Had library instruction as a Junior between Fall 2013 and Spring 2020

* Had library instruction as a Senior between Fall 2014 and Spring 2021

Limitations of the Data

As noted above, this is an incomplete picture of information literacy instruction. Only about 90% of library instruction sessions recorded by library staff were able to be matched, so this visualization cannot account for all student contact with information literacy instruction.

Please also note that the campus libraries provide instruction and consultation outside of the formal course-based information literacy instruction. This visualization is focused solely on course instruction and does not represent other instruction/research consultations. Assumed full attendance was used for each library instruction session when matching with student data.

Definitions

Name Functional Definition Data Domains
Academic Level

Indicates whether a student is an undergraduate, graduate or professional, or special student. For undergraduates, students are freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior based on accumulated credits, not the duration of time at the University.

University of Wisconsin - Madison
Course

This is a unit of instruction approved through faculty governance.

University of Wisconsin - Madison
Subject

A grouping of courses, approved by faculty governance, within related academic areas.

University of Wisconsin - Madison
Department of Major

The department that has ownership of the major, or pre-major. In cases where no major is declared, "School/College of Student" is displayed.

University of Wisconsin - Madison
Degree Level of Major

Indicates, for degree-seeking students, whether the student's course of study leads to a bachelor's degree, master's degree, research doctorate, or clinical doctorate.

University of Wisconsin - Madison
Degree Level

The type of award granted to a student who graduates in a given plan code.

Valid Values:

Bachelor's
Master's
Research Doctorate
Clinical Doctorate

Academic Planning, University of Wisconsin - Madison
Academic Award Program Academic program associated to the academic award. Academic Planning, Student Record