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Work in Progress: Collaboration for Quality: a Librarian-Faculty Partnership to Assess Students’ Information Literacy in Freshman EngineeringFor several years, students in the required freshman course “Introduction to Engineering” havebeen offered the option of attending a voluntary library workshop and receiving extra credit ontheir related project report. Since over 400 students in 25+ sections take this course each fall, theworkshop format was developed as an alternative to traditional in-class library instruction, whichis not practicable on this scale. Although anecdotal responses and post-class surveys providedpositive feedback, instructors saw a continuing heavy reliance on inappropriate sources forresearch papers and projects. To better assess how existing library programs were serving thestudents in these large classes, a group of instructors from the department and their subjectlibrarian worked together to evaluate student success in research and information literacy withinthe freshman engineering curriculum. The first initiative was to design a citation study assessingthe quality and variety of sources cited in assigned work by students who attended a workshopwith those who did not. In addition to the findings of the citation study, the entire instruction teamand the librarian have worked together to revise assignments and discuss ways of providingsupport to all students enrolled in Introduction to Engineering, including tools like online researchguides and video presentations played in class and embedded in course management software.The results of the collaboration will be assessed in the citation study and also in a comparison ofyear-to-year retention rates of students who attended a library session with those who did not.
Bradley, A., & Latta, R. D., & Harkins, M. (2013, June), Work in Progress: Collaboration for Quality: a Librarian-Faculty Partnership to Assess Students’ Information Literacy in Freshman Engineering Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. https://peer.asee.org/22767
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