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Work in Progress: Integrating Information Literacy into a Multidisciplinary First-year Engineering Program

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June 22, 2020

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June 22, 2020

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June 26, 2021

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First-year Programs: Professional Development and Skills

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Alexander James Carroll Vanderbilt University Orcid 16x16

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Alex 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. Previously, Alex was the Lead Librarian for Research Engagement and the Research Librarian for Engineering and Biotechnology at the NC State University Libraries. Prior to joining NC State, Alex was the Agriculture and Natural Resources Librarian at the University of Maryland. He received his MSLS degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Information and Library Science, and his BA from James Madison University.

Alex serves on the editorial board of the Journal of the Medical Library Association, is a Senior member of MLA's Academy of Health Information Professionals (AHIP), and in 2016 was selected for the Award for Professional Excellence by a New Health Sciences Librarian by MLA's Mid-Atlantic Chapter. His research interests include evidence-based practice, mentoring emerging LIS professionals, and improving information literacy instruction for students in the sciences; he has published on these topics in journals such as College and Research Libraries, portal: Libraries and the academy, The Journal of Academic Librarianship, and the Journal of the Medical Library Association.

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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 a pilot program of integrating a librarian-led guest lecture into a first-year engineering program. While many first-year engineering programs historically have provided students with a lecture-based survey of the different potential pathways for an engineering career, students increasingly are expected to complete meaningful design projects within these programs. This change creates opportunities to introduce first-year engineering students to the complexities of the engineering information landscape via information literacy instruction. To address this gap in the curriculum at Vanderbilt University, we developed a partnership between a first-year engineering program and a university library to introduce students to specialized, technical information sources through an information literacy instructional intervention led by a team of engineering librarians. In this Works in Progress paper, we describe the design and delivery of this pilot intervention, as well as share our proposed methods for assessing the efficacy of this intervention for future student cohorts.

Carroll, A. J., & Borycz, J. D., & Vernon, J. (2020, June), Work in Progress: Integrating Information Literacy into a Multidisciplinary First-year Engineering Program Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--35655

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