Research myth-busting
Discover the truth about today’s library services and
resources to design better research assignment...
Summarize an assignment you
have given your students where
you required them to research and
find sources.
Myth
Only print resources are acceptable
Reality
Academic Libraries pay for scholarly online
resources that are the equivalent or better than
the print version
Onl...
Myth
I need to tell students exactly which resources
to use to get them to use quality ones
Reality
Allowing students to explore the library’s
resources and choosing the best resource to
apply to their topic builds...
Myth
Students had a library instruction session
when they were freshman in a composition
class so they don’t need one for ...
Reality
Research has shown that instruction is most
effective in higher level classes. Librarians
design instruction aroun...
Myth
A resource is not currently subscribed to by
my library, therefore my students cannot get
access to it.
Reality
It depends. Today’s publishing and
distribution has enabled the library to quickly
obtain needed materials, as fun...
Myth
Doing research the way I did research in
graduate school is the only way to do
research. No Pain, No Gain
Really? Was this ever that good?
http://www.ssa.gov/history/ssa/usa1964-
3.html
Reality
It depends. The quality of sources is still very
important, but the access to those sources has
changed in many ca...
Myth
Social Media is only an avenue for finding the
location of the best party on campus
http://www.hortongroup.com/blog/social-media-seminars-what-you-can-
expect
Reality
Social Media outlets are great ways for
students to collaborate with experts from
around the world in many differe...
Myth
Scavenger hunts are great ways for students to
learn how to use the library
Fun or frustrating?
http://dandelionexpress.wordpress.com/2011/09/08/a-treasure-hunt-for-nerds/
Reality
No. Scavenger hunts feed into all the worst
stereotypes for students, and they get the
sense that the library is a...
Myth
Students today are extremely tech savvy and
know everything about using technology.
Reality
They may know how to program your iPhone
or talk about themselves on social media.
But, they don’t always know how...
Myth
As long as it is for educational use, I don’t
have to worry about copyright and can post
whatever I want to Blackboar...
Reality
Not exactly. Copyright law does include some
educational exemptions, especially for face to
face classes, but in g...
Go back and review your research
assignments. Are your placing
restrictions that are prohibitive? Are
you frustrating your...
Thanks! Questions?
Julie Silver George
julie.george@eku.edu
Kelly Smith
kelly.smith2@eku.edu
Steve Stone
steve.stone@kctcs...
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Research myth-busting: Discover the truth about today’s library services and resources to design better research assignments

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Presented at the 2014 Kentucky Pedagogicon Conference, held at Eastern Kentucky University, this librarian-led discussion explored designing assignments and syllabi that effectively utilize the resources and services of a 21st century academic library. After reviewing real-world examples, the audience was asked to identify misguided research instructions that may lead 21st century students down a 20th century path.

When faculty design syllabi, they often design research assignments based on the experiences they had in libraries as graduate students. They may still view the academic library as a warehouse for the storage and preservation of bound journals, microfilm, and books. However, library resources and services have changed dramatically, just in the past 5 years.

Transformative changes in library collection development have included: the emergence of quality open access resources; the dominance of the eJournal over the print journal; the availability of scholarly eBooks; and the rise in digitally born content (eJournals, newspapers, primary sources, etc.). What was once considered a “bad” or untrustworthy format simply because it was found on the open web is now potentially valuable and should not be automatically discounted.

Academic libraries today provide vibrant spaces for collaboration, access to print and virtual collections, and librarians with expertise in delivering instruction that engages students in effectively evaluating all types of information sources. Effective assignment design and syllabi creation will help students be more effective in their research and better users of information. The products they create will be higher in quality and potentially more interesting to the reader.

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Research myth-busting: Discover the truth about today’s library services and resources to design better research assignments

  1. 1. Research myth-busting Discover the truth about today’s library services and resources to design better research assignments KY Pedagogicon May 16, 2014 Julie S. George - EKU Libraries Kelly Smith - EKU Libraries Steve Stone - BCTC Library
  2. 2. Summarize an assignment you have given your students where you required them to research and find sources.
  3. 3. Myth Only print resources are acceptable
  4. 4. Reality Academic Libraries pay for scholarly online resources that are the equivalent or better than the print version Online eBook: http://ekulib.kyvl.org/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=1200810 NYT: http://screencast.com/t/UEM23E0BI http://search.proquest.com/docview/109752444?accountid=10628 eJournal: http://libproxy.eku.edu/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=aph&AN=50315661&site=ehost-live&scope=site Primary Source: http://library.eku.edu/resources/type/20
  5. 5. Myth I need to tell students exactly which resources to use to get them to use quality ones
  6. 6. Reality Allowing students to explore the library’s resources and choosing the best resource to apply to their topic builds critical thinking skills they need
  7. 7. Myth Students had a library instruction session when they were freshman in a composition class so they don’t need one for this 300 level class.
  8. 8. Reality Research has shown that instruction is most effective in higher level classes. Librarians design instruction around individual class assignments.
  9. 9. Myth A resource is not currently subscribed to by my library, therefore my students cannot get access to it.
  10. 10. Reality It depends. Today’s publishing and distribution has enabled the library to quickly obtain needed materials, as funds allow. This has led to the rise of “demand-driven acquisitions” and “data-driven” collections renewal decisions. See http://scholarship.claremont.edu/library_staff/9/
  11. 11. Myth Doing research the way I did research in graduate school is the only way to do research. No Pain, No Gain
  12. 12. Really? Was this ever that good? http://www.ssa.gov/history/ssa/usa1964- 3.html
  13. 13. Reality It depends. The quality of sources is still very important, but the access to those sources has changed in many cases. The strategies to find those important documents and resources has changed and will keep changing. TEDtalks, videos from a MOOC at Cal Tech . . . these could be acceptable
  14. 14. Myth Social Media is only an avenue for finding the location of the best party on campus
  15. 15. http://www.hortongroup.com/blog/social-media-seminars-what-you-can- expect
  16. 16. Reality Social Media outlets are great ways for students to collaborate with experts from around the world in many different ways.
  17. 17. Myth Scavenger hunts are great ways for students to learn how to use the library
  18. 18. Fun or frustrating? http://dandelionexpress.wordpress.com/2011/09/08/a-treasure-hunt-for-nerds/
  19. 19. Reality No. Scavenger hunts feed into all the worst stereotypes for students, and they get the sense that the library is arbitrary, difficult to use, and disconnected from what they are interested in. Librarians are often frustrated because they are unable to really help students with these projects.
  20. 20. Myth Students today are extremely tech savvy and know everything about using technology.
  21. 21. Reality They may know how to program your iPhone or talk about themselves on social media. But, they don’t always know how to use the technology to find and use appropriate evidence to make an argument and they often have difficulty communicating their ideas using technology (PowerPoint, Prezi…)
  22. 22. Myth As long as it is for educational use, I don’t have to worry about copyright and can post whatever I want to Blackboard.
  23. 23. Reality Not exactly. Copyright law does include some educational exemptions, especially for face to face classes, but in general, a work in copyright CANNOT be reproduced without permission from the copyright holder. When in doubt, LINK. Resources... Title 17 of the US Code, Chapter 1, Section 110 - http://www.copyright.gov/title17/92chap1.pdf Know your Copy Rights-What You Can Do - http://www.knowyourcopyrights.org/bm~doc/kycrbrochure.pdf - a brochure from the Association of Research Libraries
  24. 24. Go back and review your research assignments. Are your placing restrictions that are prohibitive? Are you frustrating your students? Are you working with a librarian to create effective assignments? We are here to help!
  25. 25. Thanks! Questions? Julie Silver George julie.george@eku.edu Kelly Smith kelly.smith2@eku.edu Steve Stone steve.stone@kctcs.edu

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