Presentation Title

Increasing Graduate Student Information Literacy and Enhancing the Library’s Reputation

Location

Room 1002

Type of Presentation

Individual paper/presentation (20 minute presentation)

Target Audience

Higher Education

Abstract

With the increased demand on academic libraries to demonstrate a significant impact on student success, it is vital that librarians not overlook any student population. Graduate students represent an opportunity for libraries to develop new programs that can increase information literacy while also helping to raise the visibility of the library on campus.

Inspired by a “conference-style approach” for organizing graduate student workshops described by Rempel and Davidson (2008), for the past two years, information literacy librarians at Northern Kentucky University have organized an event for graduate students. The purpose of the event has been to provide advanced information literacy instruction and acclimate graduate students to academic culture. Graduate students register for the event, modeled after an academic conference, in which they can attend multiple sessions on topics such as intellectual property and literature reviews. By offering more than one session, students are able to pick those topics that are most relevant to their needs and experiences. Organizing the event has required significant collaboration with groups and individuals across campus, and in the process, has helped to increase the profile of the library on campus.

This presentation will provide an overview of the need for increased information literacy instruction for graduate students, describe the process of developing and organizing the graduate student event at NKU, and provide guidance and tips for how other libraries can use a similar model to support advanced information literacy and library awareness in their own graduate students.

Rempel, H.G & Davidson, J. (2008). Providing information literacy instruction to graduate students through literature review workshops. Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship. DOI:10.5062/F44X55RG

Presentation Description

The presentation will describe an event, modeled after an academic conference, that information literacy librarians have organized for graduate students at Northern Kentucky University. Through this event, librarians have supported advanced information literacy in graduate students while also helping to increase the reputation of the library on campus. The presenter will describe the process of organizing the event and provide guidance for how other libraries can develop similar events on their own campuses.

Session Goals

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Session Objectives

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Keywords

Graduate students, academic libraries, information literacy, outreach, librarian-faculty collaboration

Publication Type and Release Option

Presentation (Open Access)

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Sep 16th, 12:15 PM Sep 16th, 1:30 PM

Increasing Graduate Student Information Literacy and Enhancing the Library’s Reputation

Room 1002

With the increased demand on academic libraries to demonstrate a significant impact on student success, it is vital that librarians not overlook any student population. Graduate students represent an opportunity for libraries to develop new programs that can increase information literacy while also helping to raise the visibility of the library on campus.

Inspired by a “conference-style approach” for organizing graduate student workshops described by Rempel and Davidson (2008), for the past two years, information literacy librarians at Northern Kentucky University have organized an event for graduate students. The purpose of the event has been to provide advanced information literacy instruction and acclimate graduate students to academic culture. Graduate students register for the event, modeled after an academic conference, in which they can attend multiple sessions on topics such as intellectual property and literature reviews. By offering more than one session, students are able to pick those topics that are most relevant to their needs and experiences. Organizing the event has required significant collaboration with groups and individuals across campus, and in the process, has helped to increase the profile of the library on campus.

This presentation will provide an overview of the need for increased information literacy instruction for graduate students, describe the process of developing and organizing the graduate student event at NKU, and provide guidance and tips for how other libraries can use a similar model to support advanced information literacy and library awareness in their own graduate students.

Rempel, H.G & Davidson, J. (2008). Providing information literacy instruction to graduate students through literature review workshops. Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship. DOI:10.5062/F44X55RG