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TLA Conference Presentation: Student Engagement in Library Instruction
Student Engagement in Library Instruction:Creating a MeaningfulInstruction Experience Gammons, R. (2012). SIS Student Research Forum. TLA Annual Conference.
My Research Projects (2011-12)General Education Undergraduate Instruction:• Lib-Value: Teaching and Learning Committee o Establishing the value, outcomes, and return on investment of academic libraries.• Information Evaluation: English 101 o Using instructional scaffolding to create a system of meaning in library instruction.• Learning to Teach: MSIS Students and Library Instruction o Incorporating graduate students in library instruction to strengthen and expand the program.
Perceptions of Libraries (2010) What do college students believe? Information from a search engine is equally as53% trustworthy as information from library sources. Information from Wikipedia is equally as30% trustworthy as information from library sources. Trustworthiness of a source can be determined78% using personal knowledge and common sense.
Perceptions of Libraries (2010) Where are we successful? Students who use librarians agree that librarians78% add value to the research process. Students agree that librarian assistance is71% available when needed. A third of students indicate that the library’s31% value has “increased for them personally during the recession.”
What Do We Know?• Students want help – but want help finding the quickest way to satisfy their course requirements.• Students want accurate information – but will choose a resource that is easy to use over one that is complex.• Students do not understand discipline organized information or library specific terminology.• Students will use Google
Making Instruction Meaningful Student-Centered Teaching: • Focus instruction on specific outcomes. • Give students skills that are immediatelyapplicable. • Build on their existingresearch framework. • Be willing to let things go.
First Impressions Share your learning objectives:After today’s session, you will be able to… • Where to find help in the Identify library. • Between a primary andDifferentiate secondary source. • A primary source on your Locate topic.
First ImpressionsWhy don’t college students use the library website? Other sites have better 4% information 10% Prefer to use the physical 24% library Web site does not have what I 11% need Fines are too much 12% Cant find what I need 22% Did not know it existed 17% Other
Keeping Students Engaged Start with what they know: http://www.lib.utk.edu http://www.utk.edu
Keeping Students EngagedExplain when it is appropriate to Google: http://www.google.com
Keeping Students EngagedProvide a set of criteria to use in evaluation:• Give a single set of criteria that can be used to evaluate any resource. o Information is not black and white, neither are information resources.• Demonstrate how to establish the credibility of a source
Keeping Students Engaged Validate their concerns: Getty Images.
Future Research Assessing Student Learning:• Creating a culture of assessment in the academic library. • Embedding assessment within library instruction.• Incorporating the ACRL Information Literacy Standards.
Sources• OCLC (2010). Perceptions of Libraries: Context and Communities. Available online at: http://www.oclc.org/reports/2010perceptions.htm• Gibbons, S. &Reeb, B. (2004). Students, Librarians and Subject Guides: Improving a Poor Rate of Return. Libraries and the Academy. (4)1. 123-130.