Presentation Title

Help! No Time for Library Instruction, Not Even a One-Shot

Location

ELAB 38

Type of Presentation

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

Target Audience

Higher Education

Abstract

Throughout the semester librarians hear from faculty that there is no time for library instruction. This is especially true for science courses where lab work is required. The Biomedical Sciences program at Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) is a rigorous, hands-on laboratory-based curriculum with course work covering physics, chemistry, biology, microbiology, molecular biology, and genetics. Students are required to complete IDS4936 – Biomedical Degree Capstone which requires a “multidisciplinary approach of learning science by analyzing social, economic, ethical, scientific, and professional aspects of their chosen topic.” (FSCJ College Catalog 2019-19)

It became apparent students did not have the necessary information literacy skills needed to successfully tackle a research project of this magnitude. Capstone students self-reported never having a library orientation or they remembered very little of the material covered in an English library instruction session. The professor of the Capstone course was concerned her students were receiving information literacy instruction too late in their studies. Working with the faculty librarian it was decided to give students in Microbiology, Virology, Pathogenic Bacteria, and Medical Terminology courses extra credit to meet with a librarian for a research appointment where the librarian would work with the student using, primarily, library resources to gather appropriate sources for their specific topic and citation assistance.

This presentation will examine data from three semesters using Springshare’s LibCal for student research appointments, what library resources were covered during the appointments, the use of extra credit, and improvements in quality of sources used for references in the course assigned paper.

Presentation Description

This presentation looks at an alternative to teaching information literacy skills when class instruction sessions are not an option. We will examine the use of extra credit to encourage Biomedical Science students to set up research appointments with librarians using Springshare’s LibCal. Presenters will describe material and resources covered during individualized research sessions and improvement in quality of references and citations in course assigned papers.

Session Goals

Participants will identify issues surrounding lack of time for information literacy instruction.

Participants will identify alternative means to accommodate needs for information literacy instruction.

Participants will examine data pertaining to individualized student instruction, including time and staffing.

Session Objectives

Facilitators will describe the faculty and science professor collaboration project.

Facilitators will share data from three semesters.

Facilitators will share plans for future collaboration.

Keywords

Collaboration, Partnership, Information Literacy, Extra Credit

Publication Type and Release Option

Presentation (Open Access)

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Feb 21st, 1:45 PM Feb 21st, 3:00 PM

Help! No Time for Library Instruction, Not Even a One-Shot

ELAB 38

Throughout the semester librarians hear from faculty that there is no time for library instruction. This is especially true for science courses where lab work is required. The Biomedical Sciences program at Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) is a rigorous, hands-on laboratory-based curriculum with course work covering physics, chemistry, biology, microbiology, molecular biology, and genetics. Students are required to complete IDS4936 – Biomedical Degree Capstone which requires a “multidisciplinary approach of learning science by analyzing social, economic, ethical, scientific, and professional aspects of their chosen topic.” (FSCJ College Catalog 2019-19)

It became apparent students did not have the necessary information literacy skills needed to successfully tackle a research project of this magnitude. Capstone students self-reported never having a library orientation or they remembered very little of the material covered in an English library instruction session. The professor of the Capstone course was concerned her students were receiving information literacy instruction too late in their studies. Working with the faculty librarian it was decided to give students in Microbiology, Virology, Pathogenic Bacteria, and Medical Terminology courses extra credit to meet with a librarian for a research appointment where the librarian would work with the student using, primarily, library resources to gather appropriate sources for their specific topic and citation assistance.

This presentation will examine data from three semesters using Springshare’s LibCal for student research appointments, what library resources were covered during the appointments, the use of extra credit, and improvements in quality of sources used for references in the course assigned paper.