Presentation Title

Library and Biological Sciences: A Synergistic Partnership

Location

Room 210

Type of Presentation

Individual paper/presentation (20 minute presentation)

Target Audience

Higher Education

Abstract

Collaboration between the library and the department of biological sciences resulted in the creation and implementation of a general education information literacy course entitled the Scientific Investigation of Diseases. This course later became the model for all other general education courses. The course was designed to equip students with information literacy skills that enable them to find, understand, evaluate, and use information from various sources in order to conduct quality research. Students receive information literacy instruction and then are charged with investigating symptoms and identifying the disease based on symptoms described by their "patient". The information literacy skills that the students learn while developing an understanding of the basic biology behind various disease states also appears to carry over into other courses and even into their personal lives. Which is the basis of teaching and learning.

This undergraduate information literacy course is derived from the biological sciences but the library instruction assignments can easily be adapted to any discipline at any level.

Presentation Description

The science librarian and life science faculty collaborated to design an information literacy course that was based on the poplar hit television show House. Throughout the semester students were introduced to library instruction that they could later use to help research symptoms of their "patient" and lead to a thoughtful and well researched diagnosis. The course later became the model for all general education courses at the university.

Keywords

Biology, Disease, Information literacy, Research, Library

Publication Type and Release Option

Presentation (Open Access)

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Sep 30th, 2:45 PM Sep 30th, 4:00 PM

Library and Biological Sciences: A Synergistic Partnership

Room 210

Collaboration between the library and the department of biological sciences resulted in the creation and implementation of a general education information literacy course entitled the Scientific Investigation of Diseases. This course later became the model for all other general education courses. The course was designed to equip students with information literacy skills that enable them to find, understand, evaluate, and use information from various sources in order to conduct quality research. Students receive information literacy instruction and then are charged with investigating symptoms and identifying the disease based on symptoms described by their "patient". The information literacy skills that the students learn while developing an understanding of the basic biology behind various disease states also appears to carry over into other courses and even into their personal lives. Which is the basis of teaching and learning.

This undergraduate information literacy course is derived from the biological sciences but the library instruction assignments can easily be adapted to any discipline at any level.