Library Instruction West 2020
Seattle, Washington
July 22-24
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Thursday, July 23 • 11:00am - 12:15pm
Empowering novice learner engagement in the scholarly conversation: San Jose State University’s Library Research Scholars Program

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ACRL’s Framework for Information Literacy acknowledges that there are established power and authority structures that can disempower novice learners’ abilities to participate and engage in the scholarly conversation. In higher education, these systems often disregard undergraduate student voices because of their limited fluency in the language and practices of the discipline. Coupled with a lack of authentic undergraduate research experiences for developing familiarity with the evidentiary sources, methodologies, and modes of discourse in a field, undergraduate student perspectives are often nonexistent. At San Jose State University, we developed a year-long, Framework-integrated, library-led program that would provide undergraduate students with an authentic research experience from idea to dissemination, enabling their engagement and contribution to the scholarly conversation in their field of study.
Beginning in Fall 2019, the Library Research Scholars Program (LRSP) provided three undergraduate students with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to effectively develop and implement a research project through hands-on experience, a librarian mentor, and a weekly instruction session. At the end of the academic year, the LRSP students are expected to contribute a research product to the institutional repository and to share their findings at a campus-wide event. In this presentation, information on the development and outcomes of the program, with specific focus on the Framework-based curriculum, will be discussed and shared. Student feedback and voices will also be shared. Attendees will be able to use the information to start their own program or use parts of the curriculum in other ways that would encourage and empower novice learners to participate in the scholarly conversation.

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Ngoc-Yen Tran

Research Impact Librarian, San Jose State University

Thursday July 23, 2020 11:00am - 12:15pm AST
HUB 340 (Seats 25)

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