Presentation Title

Silo Busters: Building relationships across campus to provide information literacy in FYE programs

Type of Presentation

Individual paper/presentation (20 minute presentation)

Target Audience

Higher Education

Abstract

The Auburn University at Montgomery (AUM) Library recently formed a partnership with the Warhawk Academic Success Center (WASC) and its components: UNIV 1000, Bridge Program, and the Learning Center to provide Information Literacy instruction to students in AUM’s First Year Experience classes. In an effort to improve retention, persistence, and graduation rates, AUM implemented a first-year experience program for incoming freshmen beginning Fall 2013. Connecting approximately 1,000 students per year with the university and local and global communities, a common syllabus guides instructors comprised of AUM faculty and staff. In previous years, library instruction sessions were not provided to the UNIV 1000 courses. However, through collaboration with the AUM Library, students are now introduced to citation styles, strategies to avoid plagiarism, and developing library, research, and information literacy skills. There is now widespread recognition of the valuable role that the library and librarians play in the success of UNIV 1000 students, many of whom are first generation college students, international students, or Bridge Cohort who may need more one-on-one attention in regards to information literacy. This presentation will outline how the Library and the WASC worked together to create an information literacy assignment for UNIV 1000 students, as well as discuss the results of pre and post assessments conducted that showed an increase in skill level completing library research . This collaboration is vital to the success of our students in that they are building a foundation on which much of their academic careers in higher education will be based.

Presentation Description

This presentation will outline how the Auburn University at Montgomery Library and the Warhawk Academic Success Center worked together to create an information literacy assignment for our UNIV 1000 students. Special attention will be given to tips on collaborating with departments across campus and creating meaningful information literacy assignments for FYE students.

Keywords

Information Literacy, First Year Experience, FYE, Freshmen, Collaboration, Partnerships, Information Literacy Assignments

Publication Type and Release Option

Presentation (Open Access)

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Silo Busters: Building relationships across campus to provide information literacy in FYE programs

The Auburn University at Montgomery (AUM) Library recently formed a partnership with the Warhawk Academic Success Center (WASC) and its components: UNIV 1000, Bridge Program, and the Learning Center to provide Information Literacy instruction to students in AUM’s First Year Experience classes. In an effort to improve retention, persistence, and graduation rates, AUM implemented a first-year experience program for incoming freshmen beginning Fall 2013. Connecting approximately 1,000 students per year with the university and local and global communities, a common syllabus guides instructors comprised of AUM faculty and staff. In previous years, library instruction sessions were not provided to the UNIV 1000 courses. However, through collaboration with the AUM Library, students are now introduced to citation styles, strategies to avoid plagiarism, and developing library, research, and information literacy skills. There is now widespread recognition of the valuable role that the library and librarians play in the success of UNIV 1000 students, many of whom are first generation college students, international students, or Bridge Cohort who may need more one-on-one attention in regards to information literacy. This presentation will outline how the Library and the WASC worked together to create an information literacy assignment for UNIV 1000 students, as well as discuss the results of pre and post assessments conducted that showed an increase in skill level completing library research . This collaboration is vital to the success of our students in that they are building a foundation on which much of their academic careers in higher education will be based.