Course Integrated Instruction : December 2010 Archives

BComm and library research

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library_research.jpgI was interested to read the ideas of a Business Communication faculty member and her experience with her student's lack of library research skills--and she create a research guide to help. 

"When I taught Writing for Business this fall, I realized that my students were more noticeably clueless about library research-and less motivated to do it-than any students I'd had in the past..."

"The good news is that students can and will do library research if they're given a road map through the admittedly confusing options that greet them when the "go to" the library. Let's keep library research from becoming obsolete by setting our students up for research success and helping them find the "really cool stuff" (as one of my students said) that's out there."

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Using the 'arsenic bacteria' story as a teaching moment for undergraduates

"This story provides a unique teaching opportunity for faculty and librarians to discuss the issues of peer review and scientific communication with undergraduate students. First, you have scientists on record saying that basically, the peer review system didn't work as well as we'd like... Second, you have the controversy about where scientific debate should take place."

"...Precisely because it is so perfectly science-librarianish. It combines an interest and fascination with science and the scientific method with the drive to carry out one of the core missions of the academic librarian. That would be what we call Information Literacy instruction. In other words, helping faculty teach their students about the process of scholarly communication in the sciences...Picking up a bit where she left off, I started to think in a bit more detail about how I could use the issue as kind of a case study in scientific communications and the media in the 21st century." This post includes links to stories that trace the evolution of the story...
The Center for Research Libraries gives an annual award to instructors using primary sources. Seems like their winner are great examples we could point faculty to.

I am hoping to develop an email to send to faculty with a "need a little inspiration" sort of feel to it with some of the exhibits, unique database, maybe images. This might be a good way to share the "how" these can be used:

Award for Teaching:

primary.jpgDr. Anne Urbancic--Senior Lecturer, Italian Studies at the University of Toronto, Victoria College.
Nominated by Roma Kail, Reference, Research and Instruction Librarian, Victoria University in the University of Toronto.

To empower students to explore and engage the historiographical questions posed in this synopsis, Urbancic's course enabled undergraduate students to approach research like historians. The course was designed to provide the needed skills for such an undertaking through traditional classroom pedagogy, experiential exercises, and the creative use of primary source materials.

Award for Access: 

Dr. Elisabeth McMahon--Assistant Professor of History, Tulane University
Nominated by Dr. Randy Sparks, Professor and Chair of the History Department, Tulane University.

So for her spring 2009 Archiving Africa class, Dr. McMahon engaged her students in a community outreach partnership with the Amistad Research Center, an independent, nonprofit special collections library on the Tulane campus. The Archiving Africa class aimed to introduce upper-level seminar students to primary source documents on African history. By working with an Africa-related special collections library, the students received significant hands-on, primary-source experience while fulfilling the service-learning requirement.

Award for Research:

twitter_stream.jpgDr. G. R. Boynton--Professor of Political Science, University of Iowa
Nominated by Nicole Saylor, Head, Digital Library Services, University of Iowa Libraries.

Professor Boynton has received the 2010 Primary Source Award for Research for a project that deploys eight computers in the Main Library at the University of Iowa to continually harvest from the Web data on new media trends.

Learn more:

Using Online Forms: Get Feedback, Assess Needs, Shape Content: Online survey tools can help librarians obtain feedback from students and faculty in order to plan the content of a library session
KL Clarke & Laurel Haycock.  Library Assembly. 12/1/2010.

Description: Used tools like Google to gather feedback from students about library tools they currently used and what they wanted to learn more about. Then used the data to focus their in-class efforts. 


Copyright Workshops from the University Libraries: Reflecting on the first semester
by Nancy Sims


Description: Talked about developing two new workshops on copyright, attendance, content, using clickers and evaluations.

Find the originals and more great posters at

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