Presentation Title

We Can Do It: Collaborating with Women's and Gender Studies Faculty to Develop Student Research Skills

Location

Room 217

Type of Presentation

Panel (1 hour and 15 minutes presentation total for two or more presenters)

Target Audience

Higher Education

Abstract

In Spring 2016 and Fall 2017, two librarians and a faculty member in the department of Women’s and Gender Studies (WGS) at Austin Peay State University teamed up for a class project, which served as a catalyst for integrating the ACRL Framework into WGS courses. With assistance from librarians, students located and utilized scholarly sources found in the library's databases to create multifaceted websites that featured relevant biographical information about historical feminist figures. The learning objectives of the assignment asked students to look beyond the mere facts of a figure’s life and analyze the figure’s place along the feminist continuum and/or within the greater context of the patriarchal structure. This presentation will detail the partnership, which provided a unique opportunity to teach students how to think critically and work collaboratively, as they built websites that served as pathfinders for other researchers looking for scholarly information about overlooked feminist icons. The final projects highlighted students’ abilities to incorporate technology into a significant assignment, utilize diverse library resources, and connect with the research process in a creative way.

Presentation Description

This presentation will detail the partnership between Women’s and Gender Studies (WGS) faculty and librarians, who collaborated on a class project to incorporate the ACRL Framework into a WGS introduction course. This collaboration provided a unique opportunity to teach students how to think critically and work collaboratively, as they built a scholarly website that chronicled the life of a historical feminist figure. The final projects highlighted students’ abilities to utilize diverse library resources and connect with the research process in a creative way.

Session Goals

1. Identify campus partners that support strategies for enhancing information literacy skills.

2. Discuss approaches for teaching students to utilize diverse library resources.

Keywords

faculty collaboration, high-impact practices, website design, research as inquiry, searching as strategic exploration

Publication Type and Release Option

Presentation (Open Access)

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Sep 28th, 8:30 AM Sep 28th, 9:45 AM

We Can Do It: Collaborating with Women's and Gender Studies Faculty to Develop Student Research Skills

Room 217

In Spring 2016 and Fall 2017, two librarians and a faculty member in the department of Women’s and Gender Studies (WGS) at Austin Peay State University teamed up for a class project, which served as a catalyst for integrating the ACRL Framework into WGS courses. With assistance from librarians, students located and utilized scholarly sources found in the library's databases to create multifaceted websites that featured relevant biographical information about historical feminist figures. The learning objectives of the assignment asked students to look beyond the mere facts of a figure’s life and analyze the figure’s place along the feminist continuum and/or within the greater context of the patriarchal structure. This presentation will detail the partnership, which provided a unique opportunity to teach students how to think critically and work collaboratively, as they built websites that served as pathfinders for other researchers looking for scholarly information about overlooked feminist icons. The final projects highlighted students’ abilities to incorporate technology into a significant assignment, utilize diverse library resources, and connect with the research process in a creative way.