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Thursday, June 23 • 13:45 - 14:45
CON07.06b - Innovative Information Literacy Instruction: Possible in one large class but not one university?

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The paper addresses a multi-year effort of collaborative instruction, which was embedded into the curriculum, and delivered consistently throughout an entire course. The collaboration was between a librarian and a political scientist in a 100+ person class. We describe the process of collaboration and the efforts to embed instruction. Findings are based on 1200 Project SAILS surveys administered at the beginning and the end of one academic year; pre- and post-instruction competence tests tracking the (old) ACRL ILI standards; and class-level surveys performed at the start and end of the course. The results indicate students have significant information literacy shortcomings that can be successfully addressed by collaborative, embedded, consistent information literacy instruction. Despite these hopeful findings, we conclude with a discussion regarding the challenges of replicability and scalability, finding them to be substantial obstacles to implementing such an approach across an individual program, much less a wider university setting.


Peter Ferguson

Peter A. Ferguson, PhD. Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Western University

Bruce Fyfe

Research and Instructional Services Librarian, Western University
Bruce Fyfe, Head of Research and Instructional Services, The DB Weldon Library, Western University

Thursday June 23, 2016 13:45 - 14:45
UCC 59

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