June 14, 2009
June 14, 2009
June 17, 2009
14.850.1 - 14.850.12
Library-Smart House Collaboration for Information Literacy Development Abstract
The Library-Smart House partnership seeks to design and implement a sustainable, virtual environment for collaboration that will seamlessly integrate project communication and information access. This virtual environment will provide a means for increased collaboration between students, faculty, librarians and outside contributors as well as ensure the sustainability of the project in coming years.
The Smart House is a student-led, multidisciplinary project to retrofit an existing house to be a living-laboratory. The house will be a platform for testing innovations in the areas of energy, health, environment, interaction, and lifestyle. The ultimate goal of the organization is to improve the quality of life for those living and working in an urban residential setting. The Smart House is a collaborative design project not only across different disciplines, but also across student year and domain knowledge levels. This collaboration produces a wide array of student information needs and presents a unique opportunity for library collaboration.
The Library plans to study the effectiveness of information literacy instructional techniques through the contextual setting of the Smart House. The Library seeks to improve the ability of participants to access, evaluate, and use high quality research materials effectively through a variety of instructional strategies. By developing and maintaining a virtual infrastructure for information awareness and access using relevant technologies, the library will be able to assist students at their point of need. More direct instruction will be provided through a series of active learning workshops combined with specialized research consultation. We believe that this project will promote the lifelong learning skills necessary for the Engineer of 20201 by providing interdisciplinary collaboration paired with information literacy instruction within the framework of Smart House design.
The Smart House organization was founded in 2006 by a small group of students. The goal was to develop a program where students could be engaged both in and out of the classroom and to bring laboratory research into a real world environment. Through the support of faculty and administration, this student-led group has grown to an over 100 student member organization focused on solving modern problems through academic research and real world implementation. At the centerpiece of this organization is an actual "Smart House" where ten students will live and interact on a daily basis with the technology and design that have been developed through the program.
Denick, D., & Detweiler, J., & Ray, C., & Cebulski, A., & Bhatt, J. (2009, June), Library Smart House Collaboration For Information Literacy Development Paper presented at 2009 Annual Conference & Exposition, Austin, Texas. https://peer.asee.org/5533
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