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Title: Innovative approaches to information literacy instruction for engineering undergraduates at Drexel University
Authors: Roberts, Joshua C.
Bhatt, Jay
Keywords: Information Literacy;Lifelong Learning;Instruction;Engineering Undergraduates;Library Instruction;Online Tutorials
Issue Date: Jun-2007
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Citation: European Journal of Engineering Education, 32(3): pp. 243–251
Abstract: As information professionals, engineering librarians have the primary responsibilities of providing access to engineering information resources and giving instruction in how to use these resources. In the case of undergraduate engineering students, this extends to building their information literacy skills, an important component in helping them become lifelong learners; to be curious and independent, and to take greater responsibility for their own learning. The challenge in building information literacy in engineering students is to acquaint the students with the array of library resources available to them and to help them intelligently navigate the systems that contain the information. Too often, information literacy instruction is presented as a set of procedures for locating a hypothetical resource in the library. However, students are not interested in finding some resource randomly chosen as an example; they want to find resources that they perceive as being important and useful. During the 2005-2006 academic year, the engineering librarians at Drexel University took this into consideration and employed a new methodology for information literacy instruction: combining an online tutorial covering basic library skills with face-to-face consultations between student design teams and the engineering librarians. By utilizing varied instruction techniques aimed at different learning styles, with a strong active learning component delivered at the student's point of need - when they have a concrete, perceived information need - information literacy instruction can be improved so that engineering students retain more and develop lifelong learning skills.
Description: Preprint version
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1860/1566
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