Engaging users through accessible and pedagogical guides at the University of Oregon
From Daniel Mick
Online library research guides are often created as a pathfinder with too much text but not enough pedagogical guidance, and a static lists of links that lack context. Pedagogical-style guides can increase engagement and retention of learned information literacy skills through more engaging research guides. Building on studies carried out at IUPUI (formerly, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis), the presenter will share how the UO Libraries is using process-driven guides with infographics and other multimedia to communicate that research involves multiple interrelated steps and takes time to carry out. The presenter will share ways to make the guides more inviting and accessible through video with captions, graphics with accessibility features that go beyond the alt text field in image descriptions, an intuitive navigational layout, and adding a personal message. Attendees will learn how accessible and engaging guides can support diversity, equity, and inclusion and support learner success..
Bronwen Maxson joined the University of Oregon Libraries in April 2019. As the Undergraduate Engagement Librarian, she provides leadership and collaboration with campus programs and partners to promote undergraduate learning and research. Bronwen is also the Subject Specialist for Spanish, Portuguese, and Latin American Studies. Bronwen’s professional interests include information literacy, the scholarship of teaching and learning, creating digital learning objects, and promoting inclusivity through scholarship and outreach.