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WIP: Developing a Virtual Information Literacy Training Program for a Multi-Disciplinary First-Year Engineering Program

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2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access


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July 26, 2021

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July 26, 2021

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July 19, 2022

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First-Year Programs Division Poster Session

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Alexander James Carroll Vanderbilt University Orcid 16x16

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Alexander J. Carroll, MSLS, AHIP, is the Librarian for STEM Research at the Vanderbilt University Libraries. Alex serves as a liaison librarian for the School of Engineering and STEM academic units within the College of Arts and Science, supporting the research of faculty and developing curriculum-integrated information literacy instruction programs for students in the sciences.

Alex serves as an Assistant Editor for the Journal of the Medical Library Association (JMLA) and is a Senior member of MLA's Academy of Health Information Professionals (AHIP). His research interests include information seeking behaviors and data practices of STEM researchers and improving information literacy instruction for students in the sciences; he has published on these topics in journals such as College & Research Libraries, portal: Libraries and the academy, The Journal of Academic Librarianship, and the Journal of the Medical Library Association. His work in these areas has been recognized by the ALA Library Instruction Round Table with "Top Twenty" awards in 2018 and 2019.

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Joshua Daniel Borycz Vanderbilt University Orcid 16x16

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At Vanderbilt University I help graduate and undergraduate students learn how to do research and succeed academically by introducing them to a range of tools, developing new tools, creating educational programs, and advocating for the use of library services. My goal is to help connect researchers to the tools and insights that can help them to integrate good data management practices and data sharing tools to improve scientific collaboration. I became interested in Library and Information science after my PhD in chemistry and decided to pursue a Master's Degree at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. This degree connected me with many opportunities to act as an advocate for integrating library services into modern scientific research.

I was a computational chemist at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities whose research has focused on performing quantum mechanical calculations on the utility of metal-organic frameworks for applications involving magnetism, carbon dioxide capture, and catalysis. My interest in fundamental research stemmed from my desire to gain a deeper understanding of processes used in industrial and energy generating applications. The computational nature of my research provides me a strong understanding of the theory behind these processes and has allowed me provide insight to and learn from experimental chemists and chemical engineers.

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Julianne Vernon Vanderbilt University

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Dean Vernon works in the field of STEM educational research; some areas of focus include student retention and implementation of innovative pedagogy and technology. She is currently the Assistant Dean of Academic programs overseeing the First Year Courses, Study Abroad Programs, and International Initiatives at Vanderbilt University. She received her Bachelors in Chemical Engineering from the City College of New York and her Doctorate degree at University of Florida in Environmental Engineering. She has over 10 years of experience developing international and national research experiences for STEM majors, as well as project management.

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This Work in Progress paper describes an ongoing effort to integrate information literacy training into a multi-disciplinary first-year engineering program. Launched as a pilot project for the 2019-2020 academic year, this training program aims to use information literacy instruction to introduce students to the complex ecosystem of technical engineering information. This Work in Progress paper discusses changes made to this program in response to the lessons learned from the pilot stage of this project, how this program shifted to an online delivery model due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and preliminary results gathered during the fall 2020 semester.

Carroll, A. J., & Borycz, J. D., & Vernon, J. (2021, July), WIP: Developing a Virtual Information Literacy Training Program for a Multi-Disciplinary First-Year Engineering Program Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference. 10.18260/1-2--38077

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