Library Instruction West 2020
Seattle, Washington
July 22-24
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Thursday, July 23 • 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Library Instruction beyond the Library: Information Literacy as Transferable Skills

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Librarians are all too familiar with the seemingly required script for undergraduate library instruction. Along with introducing students to the dynamics of databases and how to access online resources, introductory one shots serve as an opportunity to prioritize scholarly resources to students, steering them away from the open web resources with which they are typically more familiar. But by prioritizing scholarly resources and discovery tools, do academic librarians risk devaluing the intuitive and self-taught research skills students bring with them into higher education? How does this privileging of information affect our students’ ability to construct an identity as a lifelong learner when their access to these resources is temporary?

This session will look at ways academic librarians can re-frame their lesson plans with a focus on transferable skills, connecting scholarly research with the information seeking skills that students from diverse backgrounds – such as traditional undergraduates, transfer students, adult learners, and veterans – bring with them into higher education. By making the transparent connections between library resources and open web resources like Google Scholar and Wikipedia more visible, librarians have the opportunity not only to demystify scholarly research but to demonstrate how information literacy isn’t just a skill set regulated to the college classroom. It is an intrinsic part of lifelong learning that students can carry with them long after they have access to an academic library and its resources.

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Alexis Wolstein

Assistant Professor; Information Literacy Coordinator, Colorado State University Pueblo

Thursday July 23, 2020 1:30pm - 2:45pm AST
HUB 340 (Seats 25)