Planning Women Studies Library Instruction
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  • Outline: Planning the instruction Lesson plan elements Learning objectives


  • 1. Undergraduate Women’s Studies Course: Planning and delivering a library instruction session Elisheba Muturi April 15 2008
  • 2. Planning the instruction session
    • Communicate with the course instructor
    • Analyze assignment
    • Determine students’ information literacy level
    • Set session learning objectives based on course and assignment objectives as well as ACRL Information Literacy Competency Standards
    • Identify appropriate resources
    • Create a lesson plan outline
  • 3. Planning the instruction session
    • Provide handouts listing search strategy examples and summarizing resources
    • Ensure follow-up eg. Close to the assignment deadline, set up a clinic in the lab on a few sessions where students who need help with searching and locating resources can come for assistance on a drop-in basis
  • 4. Learning objectives
    • Use the UBC subject guides as a starting point 2.3.b
    • For historical information, recognize the information gaps and limitations of using Google as a starting point 2.3.b
    • Distinguish primary from secondary resources1.2.e
    • Understand the use of the catalogue to locate a variety of resources and formats 2.2.e
    • Understand the role of indexes in finding information – identify appropriate ones 2.3.b
    • Formulate a search strategy using relevant search terms – controlled vocabulary and key words, using boolean logic and basic truncation 2.2.b, 2.2.c, 2.2.d
    • Effectively search appropriate internet sources for experiences 2.3.b
  • 5. Sources
    • Subject page
    • Background and overview
    • Primary sources
    • Databases:
      • Sociological perspective: sociological abstracts
      • Gender: contemporary women’s issues
      • Psychology: Psychological abstracts
    • Websites: Intute
    • Search engines: Google, Technorati
  • 6. Search terms: key words and controlled vocabulary
    • Subject headings
    • Key words
    • immigrant women and (experience* or represent* or construct* or identit*)
    • women immigrant* and canad*
    • immigr* and women and employ* and canad*
    • chinese and immigr* and women and canad*
    • filipin* and immigr* and women and canad*
    • Women immigrants – geographical place – aspect – publication type (biography or bibliography)
    • Women immigrants--Canada--Social conditions,
    • Women immigrants--Asia--Economic conditions.
    • Women immigrants--British Columbia—Biography
    • Women immigrants--Bibliography.
    • Emigration and immigration
    • Chinese Canadian women
    • Filipino Canadian women
  • 7. Background/Overview sources
    • Catalogue keyword search for: women AND (encyclopedia OR handbook? Dictionar? OR almanac?)
    • Subject heading: Women's studies-- Encyclopedias .
    • Examples:
      • Encyclopedia of Women’s Studies HQ 115 E52 2001
      • Oxford Encyclopedia of Women in World History (Online) – search for immigrant – overview article on immigrant labour
  • 8. Primary Sources
    • Catalogue: (diar? letter? autobio? correspondence? oral? Interview? experience? personal narrative?) AND (immigr? migr?) AND (wom?n)
    • Database:
    • North American Immigrant Letters, Diaries and Oral Histories: Organized by
      • Nationality
      • Subjects eg. Women in workforce
  • 9. Database search strategy #The concept of women is redundant in women’s studies databases Some databases allow automatic stemming in the place of truncation Social emmigrat* Identit* Country or province Geographical Political Cultural Economical (labour or work*) Aspect Refugee or asylum seeker Migrant* Immigra* immigrant Construct* Perspective Represent* Experience* Synonyms Concept#
  • 10. Studies on Women and Gender abstracts ( immigrant+ OR refugee+ ) AND ( experience+ OR perspective+ OR representation+ OR construction+ OR identity+ ) – retrieves 42 Automatically searches for variants (hence no need to truncate) when “stemming” is selected
  • 11. Women’s studies international ( immigrant OR refugee ) AND ( experience OR perspective OR representation OR construction OR identity)  - 2899 (key words - too many hits) TX ( Immigrant experience OR Immigrant women's attitudes ) and TX ( Migrant women OR refugee women )  - 29 (descriptors – manageable recall)
  • 12. Contemporary Women’s Issues 1) Immigrant* AND experience (keywords alone with no limits) - 1346 2) experience* OR perspective OR represent* OR construct* OR identit* (keywords) immigrants and refugees AND images of women (subject areas) – 19 Additional limits - country
  • 13. Sociological abstracts DE=(wom*n or females ) and DE=( immigr * or refugee or migrant *) and AB=( experience * or perspective * or ( identit * or represent * or construct *)) and DE=( work * or lab*r or employ *) and ( filipina or philipines ) – 62 For sociological perspective, it’s useful to add a topic (eg. Work) and geographical perspective
  • 14. Psychinfo SU ( experiences OR events ) and SU females and SU ( immigration OR refugees OR migrants )  subject headings only to manage recall - 46
  • 15. Internet Sources: Intute
  • 16. Google Basic search – immigrant women experiences – 525 000 Smarter search ~women ~immigr ~experience OR ~represent OR ~identity OR ~construction, limit to .edu domain: 59 600 Google Scholar search – 1740 To search for primary documents - "primary documents" women immigrants
  • 17. Blogs
    • Blogs are today’s online diaries and can be useful for locating narratives
    • Blog search engine: Technorati – locates good blogs on immigrants in general not immigrant women eg immigration watchdog, A Canada Immigrant’s Blog
    • Very basic search strategy: ~women ~immigrant
    • Would women immigrants typically share their stories through blogs?
  • 18. Lesson plan elements
    • Intro
    • Bridge-in (from the known to the unknown)
    • Objectives
    • Pretest
    • Participatory and active learning activities
    • Post-test