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Speed Training: Library Instruction in 30 Minutes or Less

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2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Indianapolis, Indiana

Publication Date

June 15, 2014

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June 15, 2014

End Date

June 18, 2014



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Engineering Libraries Division Poster Session

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Engineering Libraries

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24.1096.1 - 24.1096.15



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Kari Kozak University of Iowa Orcid 16x16

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I’m the Head of the Lichtenberger Engineering Library at The University of Iowa working with all of the departments and research centers within the College of Engineering. I hold bachelor’s degrees in Meteorology and Environmental Studies from Iowa State and a master’s degree in Library Science from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill in library science. Before coming to the University of Iowa in November of 2008, I worked at Texas A & M University as a Science & Engineering Librarian.

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Darlene Kaskie The University of Iowa Lichtenberger Engineering Library

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Abstract for ELD 2014 Speed Training: Library Instruction in 30 Minutes or Less Kari A. Kozak, Darlene Kaskie, and Amanda SchreinerA question plaguing many librarians today is how do we get information out about our resources andservices when everyone is so busy. One answer may be to offer express classes. In the spring and fallsemesters of 2013, the Lichtenberger Engineering Library at the University of Iowa has offered a seriesof 15-30 minute drop-in classes as part of a series called Library Xpress Classes. This series targeted onetopic each week and repeated the same class twice each Thursday to reach a broader range of people.Fifty classes have been offered over the two semesters. These sessions were open to faculty, staff,graduate, and undergraduate students. Topics covered include basics on popular databases(Compendex, SciFinder, PubMed, etc.), citation management software (Endnote and Refworks), alertsand notifications, and popular types of resources (patents and standards). The classes are not set up tocover everything completely but just to give an overview and brief introduction to products and servicesthat otherwise might not be seen.The sessions are taught by librarians with different areas of expertise from the range of libraries oncampus. Some classes were more successful than others; the citation management software sessionswere the most popular. In the spring 2013 semester, the classes averaged a 4.5 in overall usefulnessrating on a scale of 1-5 with 5 being most useful. More students attended the 2:30 pm afternoonsessions and most of the attendees were graduate students.The classes often have repeat students. In one class on Refworks, a graduate student noted he hadnever heard of Compendex until it was mentioned in this class. He then went on to sign up for 4 moreof the sessions offered that semester as soon as he realized how helpful they were.The Xpress Class series has proven to be an overall success. As time goes on the Library will continue tomake adjustments to the programs so that it will continue to improve its outreach to students, faculty,and staff.

Kozak, K., & Kaskie, D. (2014, June), Speed Training: Library Instruction in 30 Minutes or Less Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--23029

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