Library Instruction Update

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Library Instruction Update

by Professor Amy F. Stempler, Coordinator of Library Instruction

LIB 501 is now formally LIB 102

In fall 2015, the College’s Undergraduate Curriculum committee approved of the Library’s topic course, LIB 501: Beyond Google: Research for College Success, to become regularized and to be officially listed in the CSI college catalog as LIB 102.  The one-credit course, which runs for seven and a half weeks, continues to thrive.  Enrollment across our eight sections has steadily increased and we are pleased that feedback based on internal assessment has been universally positive.  We look forward to another year of promoting student success through teaching information literacy skills and helping students learn the necessary foundations for academic research.

Starting in the 2016-2017 academic year, there are exciting changes ahead for the Library Instruction Program.

 CC CLUE Library Workshops

This fall, the Library Instruction Program will offer regular CC CLUE workshops on select topics such as “Introduction to MLA Citation Style and Avoiding Plagiarism”, “Getting Your Research Done“, “Evaluating Web Sites”. Workshops run from mid September through the end of November. Keep an eye for more CC CLUE workshops for the Spring 2017. Students can register at http://www.library.csi.cuny.edu/student-workshops

Librarians have also developed interactive online tutorials using Guide on the Side, an open-access software created by the University of Arizona Libraries.  These tutorials include built-in assessment tools to measure learning outcomes and have user-friendly interfaces for students to use easily. They can be accessed at http://guides.library.csi.cuny.edu/OnlineTutorials

Collaboration with Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC)

The Library is also pleased to have collaborated with the English Department’s Writing Program and WAC Fellow, Kevin Hughes, to pilot a new initiative for English 151 courses.  Hughes developed the website Writing for Research at CSI, which helps students plan their research and writing assignments prior to coming in for Library Instruction.  The website includes helpful guides related to picking a topic, developing a good research question, and evaluating information sources.  This flipped-classroom model should help improve student’s learning objectives and make for a more productive instruction session.  Learn more at: http://opencuny.org/writingforresearchcsi/