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Graduate instructor orientation to the PSU Libraries 2012


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presented to ENGL 015 TAs 8/22/12

presented to ENGL 015 TAs 8/22/12

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  • 1) One of the major goals of the University Libraries is to foster and promote Information literacy skills for today’s students…and to help YOU incorporate these concepts into your teaching2) So what is info. lit?
  • The amount of and types of information students are expected to be able to navigate, evaluate, and contextualize are growing exponentially. A class such as English 015 offers the students their first college-level opportunity to employ many of these literacies rhetorically
  • 1) English 015 goals integrate several elements of Information Literacy – writing process, evaluation of sources and arguments, and communication through appropriate media
  • How do you get beyond, “I wanna do a paper about obesity/the environment/the rising cost of college?”Fear of “breaking the rules”Matching Resource to task Saying something Library Citation Styles link & Plagiarism and You Tutorial1) Encouraging students to use information resources (newspapers, journals, blogs) to spark topic ideas AND engage in research on that topic to identify an aspect of it they want to investigate further2) Most students have been told NOT to use Google or Wikipedia – something that can actually work against us as we try to get them to start evaluating sources. 3) Rule-oriented nature of today’s students – getting them to break the rules can be hard, and practice with this can help4) Copyright – it’s an uphill battle in a society of freely downloading music, photos, etc. Know the rules yourself, and encourage the students to be aware of them.
  • Note that they may request a particular librarian if they so choose.
  • The Open House is Step 1 in helping your students to become more familiar with the library2) It’s a big party in the library; self guided-tour that takes students to several different stops 3) They use a certificate that gets stamped along the way, and will be signed at the end – please assign this – cert is proof and could be a homework or extra credit grade. (in my class we require attendance as homework, and give extra credit if someone went to ALL of the 17 stops)4) Grand prizes – special prize for grad students, so please attend yourself as well!!
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    • 1. STUDENTS, THE LIBRARY ANDRESEARCH:ENGLISH 15 AND INFORMATIONLITERACY Presented by Anne Behler, Library Learning Services
    • 2. Welcome to the UniversityLibraries Information Literacy and your students Library Learning Services Media Commons & Multimedia Services Library Services Especially for YOU New Resources for you and your students
    • 3. Information Literacy Information literacy is a set of abilities requiring individuals to "recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information.”Source: ACRL Information Literacy Competency Standards for HigherEducation (
    • 4. New Literacies… …new forms of research and rhetoric Digital Literacy Visual Literacy Media Literacy Technology Literacy
    • 5. English 15 parallels Students able to employ “elements of the writing process (planning, inventing, arranging, drafting, revising, editing)” Students develop ability to “evaluate the quality of others arguments and to develop and articulate your own position clearly, thoughtfully, persuasively, and even eloquently” Students “will also gain an appreciation of how visual and material elements operate in the act of persuasion”
    • 6. Information Literacy Challenges forour Students From Topic to Research Question Doing Research: The Google/Wikipedia question Understanding Context Copyright and Citation
    • 7. Library Learning Services Assignment-based library instruction Annual Open House Research Project Calculator Instruction Resources Page One-on-one appointments with your students Online interaction:
    • 8. Research Instruction for yourStudents Goals for English 15 instruction:  Understanding of importance of library resources and research to academic work  Familiarity with finding books and articles, whether print or electronic  Evaluation of Web sources, and how they fit into research  Identification of Librarian as resource
    • 9. Research Instruction – When &How to Book Request your session now Bring students “just in time”  They already have their assignment  They have chosen a topic To Request: 
    • 10. Open House – Sept. 12 & 13
    • 11. Open House! – studentfeedback “I was always a little intimidated by the size of the libraries but this tour really helped me to find out where to go for various services and help.” “I really like this open house, it really helped me get to know the libraries at Penn State. I will definitely be using a lot of the resources here in the future.” “I found this open house to be very helpful in just getting over my anxiety to enter such a huge library. I know I wont be afraid to come in
    • 12. Research Project Calculator simple, step-by-step model for navigating the research process enter a due date for a research assignment and get steps for completing it steps can be emailed as reminders make notes, share assignment with others assists with time management and information literacy
    • 13. Research Project Calculatorcont. Access the orOr, on Libraries homepage under Research’
    • 14. Support for MultimediaAssignments Knowledge Commons  Media Commons   Group Study Rooms with MediaScape Commons Services  All lending services, including  Laptops  Peripherals and chargers  iPads Media Technology Support Services (MTSS)  Equipment loans -
    • 15. Library Services just for YOU! Library Instruction Resource Page  Citation Management Tools – Zotero, Endnote, Mendeley  Research Guide for Literature: Texts and Criticism:  Document Delivery of Articles owned by PSU and other Libraries  Bill Brockman, Paterno Family Librarian for Literature (
    • 16. Questions?  Contact us!  Anne Behler, Information Literacy Librarian, Liaison to English 015:  Bill Brockman, Paterno Family Librarian for Literature:  Library Learning Services:  814-865-9257