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Faculty Information Literacy Policy

ATTENTION FACULTY

The librarians would love to meet with your class.

We at Rohrbach Library are hoping to ease the transition to an assessment culture by supporting the KU teaching faculty in their attempt to meet the goals of SLO #5. As subject experts in the research process and information literacy, the librarians are well suited to provide authoritative instruction in these areas.

We now offer a choice between a traditional library session and an active learning information literacy session. You will find descriptions of each type of session below. Once you have decided on what type of session best suits your needs you can schedule your class here: https://library.kutztown.edu/ILrequest

The library hosts numerous instruction sessions a semester so please schedule your sessions early.

If you have any questions about the difference between the two types of IL sessions or what we can do to assist you please contact Dr. Stefani Gomez at Gomez@kutztown.com

1) Traditional - Library Information Literacy Session:

Traditional library sessions usually consist of instruction on

  • library resources
  • specific disciplinary databases
  • the development of a research question
  • choosing search terms
  • searching the databases

These sessions can be customized according to the needs of individual courses and assignments. You can include details on an assignment and your learning goals for the in the scheduling form.

2) Active Learning – Library Information Literacy Session:

After the success of a preliminary pilot program exploring active teaching methods using a flipped model to instruct information literacy, we are excited to be able to offer this option more widely. In an active IL session, a librarian will lead your class in an activity that will require them to learn and use their IL skills to solve a problem. This option is designed to cover a wider breadth of information literacy components and more reinforcement of learning.

In a typical session, students will be divided into small groups or pairs and asked to imagine themselves as a professional and research a particular topic using wikipedia and the library databases. These issues can be customized to fit the topic of your course or assignment. During the session students will complete some or all of the following tasks:

  1. pair up or work in small groups as a research team
  2. develop a research question
  3. find, evaluate, cite, and annotate two articles that support their position
    • be provided with an example of what successful citations and annotations look like and a checklist for evaluating different types of sources.
  4. pair up with a different student and explain and justify their choice of resources and/or present their justification to the class

An activity like the one described works best if students come to class with some groundwork already in place, hence the flipped model. To help with this, you will be asked to have your students watch a few short videos in preparation for our class. They will include some or all of the following online IL modules (appx.15 minutes total) before they come into the library:

  • Choosing Keywords
  • Searching the Library Catalog
  • Search Strategies
  • Academic Search Ultimate
  • Evaluating Resources

You can find the 5 modules here:

http://www3.kutztown.edu/online/lib/kuinfolit/story_html5.html

 

We also provide individual research consultations with faculty and students. You can make an appointment here: https://libcal.kutztown.edu/appointments/?g=935

Integrating Library Resources into D2L

Consider embedding library resources into your D2L shell. You can embed a link to the library, our chat, appointment scheduler, research guides, IL tutorials, and/or specific databases. Please contact Stefani Gomez at Gomez@kutztown.edu with any questions.

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