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Library Smart House Collaboration For Information Literacy Development

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2009 Annual Conference & Exposition


Austin, Texas

Publication Date

June 14, 2009

Start Date

June 14, 2009

End Date

June 17, 2009



Conference Session

Collaboration, A Cool Tool: Librarians/Faculty/Students Work Together for Quality Results

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Engineering Libraries

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14.850.1 - 14.850.12



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Dana Denick Drexel University

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Dana Denick is a Mastes Degree candidate in Library and Information Science at Drexel
University. She is also the Assistant Librarian for Science and Engineering at W.W. Hagerty Library. Dana received a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Bucknell University and a Master’s Degree in Physics Education from the University of Virginia.

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Jameson Detweiler Drexel University

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Jameson Detweiler is in his fifth year of Drexel's BS-to-PhD program. Jameson's BS is in Materials Science & Engineering and he is currently pursuing his PhD in Civil Engineering. Jameson is one of the original founders and the first president of the Drexel Smart House organization.

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Cody Ray Drexel University

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Cody A. Ray is a student of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in Drexel University’s BS-to-PhD program in the College of Engineering. Since the Summer of 2007, Cody has conducted research into wireless networking and artificial intelligence at the A.J. Drexel Institute for Applied Communications and Information Networking. Additionally, Cody served as Vice President of the Drexel Smart House from Fall of 2007 until Winter of 2008, at which time he was elected as President.

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Andrew Cebulski Drexel University

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Andrew Cebulski is a student of Computer Engineering in his second year of Drexel's BS-to-MS program. Since the Fall of 2007, Andrew has been researching, testing, implementing and maintaining various solutions to meet the Drexel Smart House organization's information management needs. Andrew serves as the Webmaster and Chair of the Information Management Committee for the Drexel Smart House organization.

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Jay Bhatt Drexel University

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Jay Bhatt, MSEE, MLIS is the Information Services Librarian (Engineering) at Drexel University. He received IEEE's mentorship award and a Certificate of Appreciation in recognition of outstanding leadership as the Drexel University IEEE Graduate Students Forum Partnership Coordinator and Student Branch Liaison 2006-2007.
He is the 2003 recipient of Drexel University's Harold Myers Distinguished Service Award. He is actively involved with the Engineering Libraries Division of the ASEE.

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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.

Smart House

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. 10.18260/1-2--5533

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