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Designing and Evaluating Co-curricular Information Literacy Sessions for Undergraduate Engineering Researchers

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2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access


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June 22, 2020

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June 22, 2020

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June 26, 2021

Conference Session

Information Literacy in First-year Courses and Co-curricular Experiences

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Engineering Libraries

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Shelby J. Hallman North Carolina State University

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Shelby Hallman is the Lead Librarian for Engineering at the North Carolina State University Libraries. She provides research support, curriculum-integrated information literacy instruction, and is a liaison for the Colleges of Engineering and Textiles and Entrepreneurship Program. Shelby is also a Co-PI on the Mellon funded grant, "Visualizing Digital Scholarship in Libraries and Learning Spaces", investigating large-scale visualization environments across institutions.

Shelby received her BA from Pennsylvania State University and her MSLIS from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s iSchool.

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Bertha P. Chang North Carolina State University Orcid 16x16

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Bertha Chang is currently Associate Head, Collections and Research Strategy at the North Carolina State University Libraries. She holds an M.S. from the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, and an S.B. and Ph.D. from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Undergraduate research experiences have been an area of increasing importance for the College of Engineering (COE) at North Carolina State University. Opportunities for undergraduate students to engage in research can be found within faculty and industry labs, honors track programs, research experiences for undergraduates (REU) programs, and co-curricular initiatives. While students pursuing these opportunities are ideal candidates for topic-specific information literacy instruction, they are often overlooked due to the absence of a centralized classroom structure associated with undergraduate research activities. This presentation will discuss how engineering librarians at the NC State University Libraries, in conjunction with COE faculty, created targeted, department-specific information literacy instruction sessions customized to support the unique needs of undergraduate researchers and conducted research on the effectiveness of the sessions.

To assess the undergraduate researchers’ needs and the impact of the sessions, the librarians utilized pre- and post-session surveys to gauge the students’ research experiences, expected research needs, and their confidence finding and using specific resources. Subsequent sessions were then tailored to address identified needs and to match departmental research outcomes, based upon feedback from the departments’ undergraduate research directors and advising faculty. A total of 81 students from eight sessions over the past 2.5 years completed the assessment. This presentation will discuss the structure of the information sessions, preliminary findings from the assessment, and strategies taken to incorporate the identified needs into future sessions.

Hallman, S. J., & Chang, B. P. (2020, June), Designing and Evaluating Co-curricular Information Literacy Sessions for Undergraduate Engineering Researchers Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--34405

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