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Integrating Information Literacy in Engineering: Librarians/Faculty

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2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


San Antonio, Texas

Publication Date

June 10, 2012

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June 10, 2012

End Date

June 13, 2012



Conference Session

Orienting Students for Lifelong Learning Success

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Engineering Libraries

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25.799.1 - 25.799.16



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Mary L. Strife West Virginia University

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Mary L. Strife is Director of the Evansdale Library at West Virginia University and Senior Engineering Librarian since 2002. Her career covers almost 30 years as a Science or Engineering Librarian at Cornell, University of Rochester, and SUNY, Utica/Rome. She is a member of ALA, ACRL, and SLA.

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Robin A. M. Hensel Ed.D. West Virginia University

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Robin Hensel is the Assistant Dean for Freshman Experience in the West Virginia University Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources. She holds a B.S. in mathematics from Wheaton College IL, an M.A. in mathematics from SUNY, Buffalo, and an Ed.D. from West Virginia University. Before WVU, Hensel worked for the U.S. Department of Energy as a mathematician and computer systems analyst, and as an Associate Professor and Department Chair at Salem International University. Her research interests include STEM education at all levels, first-year experience, and issues related to the transition from high school to college, and the retention and recruitment of women, and minorities to STEM fields.

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Marian G. Armour-Gemmen West Virginia University

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Marian Armour-Gemmen is currently the Patent & Trademark Librarian at West Virginia University Libraries. She is also the bibliographer for mechanical and aerospace engineering, as well as for civil and environmental engineering. Previously, she worked as the Head of the Physical Sciences Library and as an Associate in the Government Documents Department.
She is currently the President of the Patent & Trademark Depository Library Association and Chair of the WVU Library Faculty Assembly. She holds a M.L.I.S. from the University of South Carolina, a M.A. from the University of Michigan, and a B.A. from Calvin College.

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Integrating Information in Engineering: Librarians/Faculty Collaboration for the First Year Engineering ExperienceBecause of a campus grant opportunity that encouraged information literacy courseenhancement, two librarians collaborated with a number of faculty members from theEngineering Department’s First-Year Experience Program. In this first ever collaborative effort,three information modules were developed to be taught in weeks 2, 5, and 11 of the Fall 2011freshman engineering problem solving course. There are 18 sections of the course with morethan 700 students and at least nine instructors, not including the librarians. ABET criteria andACRL/STS information literacy standards were used to develop the modules. The modulesincluded information ethics such as plagiarism and proper citations, information skills includingreading a citation, using databases and finding articles, and finally intellectual property issueswith an emphasis on patents. Quizzes were used to measure students’ knowledge before andafter completing the course. In- class participation was encouraged through “Your Turn”segments in which students discussed plagiarism scenarios, appropriate times to cite a source,identifying parts of a citation and finding articles using the libraries’ resources. Each coursemodule and associated class activities were developed to fill the entire 50 minutes of class time.Additional assessments tested whether students learned material by giving them a pre and postquizzes on library information, parts of a citation, and intellectual property. The students alsoparticipated in the Libraries’ “Plagiarism Avoidance Tutorial.” Students were able to utilize theinformation and techniques used in writing a technical report and completing a semester designproject based on real world projects. This paper will trace the process from grant approvalthrough the development and implementation of the actual modules and an assessment of theoverall effort and results.

Strife, M. L., & Hensel, R. A. M., & Armour-Gemmen, M. G. (2012, June), Integrating Information Literacy in Engineering: Librarians/Faculty Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--21556

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