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Hello everyone and welcome to my blog! The purpose of this fabulous entity is to chronicle my journey during my PFE (Professional Field Experience aka internship) at Brown University’s Rockefeller Library. The PFE is a required component of the MLIS program of study through the Graduate School of Library & Information Studies at University of Rhode Island.

Here’s the quick and dirty on the PFE:
Anywhere from 3-6 credits.
You have to complete 45 hours per credit.
Usually spans one semester.
You get fabulous experience in a real library setting.

Brilliant right?

Here’s a bit about my PFE:
I am working at Brown University’s Rockefeller Library with the instruction librarian Sarah Bordac. We are taking a look at Brown’s current library instruction, current and future needs, instructional standards/outcomes/goals, new research tools (like their catalog) and their up-and-coming learning management system Canvas. The idea is that we can evaluate, assess and create the most effective research tools and information for users at Brown.

This is a snapshot of my work plan:
Orientation to Brown University Library Instruction
Review of instructional competencies
Attend instruction sessions of a number of librarians for First Year Seminar
Review of instructional design frameworks (Understanding By Design)
Review of PRIMO Instructional Materials
Instructional Design (Modules are made up of lessons or sub-modules)

Module 1: Evaluation of Information
In part this module is about the information life-cycle: This module should illustrate the relationships between different content types and also explain how information (scholarly and non-scholarly) gets created. This should include reference to publishing economics and peer review. Ultimately it will address the question of why evaluation is important and will include some tools to help with evaluation.

This module will include:
o Learning objectives
o An assessment or assessments
o Lessons, materials
o Content design: lesson plan, web-friendly content, script for podcast, podcast recording

Module 2: Responsible and Ethical Use of Information
This module should address why citation is important to both author and researcher, what tools are available to help a researcher manage citations, and some basic guides to common citation styles. This module should also address copyright, plagiarism, and the more general topics of responsible use of information in the academy and in every day use.

As in the above, this module will include:
o Learning objectives
o An assessment or assessments
o Lessons, materials
o Content design: lesson plan, web-friendly content, script for podcast, podcast recording

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