2004 STS Conference Program


ACRL Science and Technology Section

Making Connections on Campus:
Collaborative Approaches to Information Literacy in the Sciences

Monday, June 28, 2004

Program: 8:30-11:30
JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes Resort - Palazzo Ballroom D

Reception and Poster Session: 11:30 - 12:30
JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes Resort - Palazzo Ballroom A-B

Recent developments in information technology, along with the rise of information literacy as a crucial component of the teaching library, have made collaboration with faculty on campus essential. This program will highlight projects that have fostered significant sustained collaborations between faculty and librarians to integrate information literacy instruction into the science curriculum.

Speakers and their presentations

Maliaca Oxnam, University of Arizona

Saving Our Energy: A Scalable, Renewable Information Literacy Partnership in Earth Sciences & Engineering

Powerpoint Presentation

This presentation focuses on a partnership to redesign a large general education course in earth sciences and mining engineering to incorporate scalable information literacy instruction. The partnership is unique in that the information literacy components are integrated into the course structure so that they are delivered by the instructor, teaching assistants and preceptors, rather than by the librarian. The course structure is designed in such a way that teaching assistants and preceptors are continuously trained and integrated into learning information literacy skills so they are prepared to assist in course lectures and to deliver course laboratory sessions. Explanation of how the partnership was formed, the course was redesigned, the resulting class structure, sample assignments, assessments, challenges and learnings will all be presented! Come learn how to save your energy!

Regina Raboin, Tufts University

Biology 14 Library Research: An Evolving Collaboration

Powerpoint Presentation

This presentation will begin with a brief history of how the collaboration between Colin Orians, Associate Professor of Biology and Regina Raboin, Reference Librarian and Instruction Liaison to Biology led to the development of the Biology 14 Library Research lab section and web site. The establishment of information literacy goals for the students and the importance of faculty-lab instructor-librarian collaboration in achieving these goals will also be presented. And lastly, we'll take a brief look at how the Biology 14 success led to further outreach and collaborative opportunities within the Biology department, as well as the future goals and challenges for Biology 14 that are currently being discussed and considered.

Michael Fosmire, Purdue University

Active Learning Strategies as a Catalyst to Create Collaboration Opportunities

Powerpoint Presentation

The presentation will discuss the use of active learning strategies, and in particular problem-based learning, as a catalyst to create collaboration opportunities. In order for students to be successful in solving problems they will face on the job, they need to be able to translate a situation they find into the concepts they learned in class, and they need to understand what specific supplementary information they need to find to solve their particular problem. By partnering with the local Center for Instructional Excellence, science librarians at Purdue University come into contact with teaching faculty that want to improve their teaching by adding active learning components. The information literacy component follows naturally from the types of problems that are devised.

Vicky McMillan and Debbie Huerta, Colgate University

Collaborative Teaching at Colgate University

Powerpoint Presentation

A librarian-faculty team at Colgate University will discuss their collaborative teaching efforts that began over 10 years ago when they began devising a curriculum in scientific writing and information literacy that addresses student concerns at two different levels or points in the undergraduate experience. The team uses a series of "real-life" assignments aimed at specific audiences and designed for different venues. In both courses, students start with a scientific review paper and then re-work it into other kinds of writing, such as a popular magazine article, a news feature, or an online case study. In discussing their experiences, they will share their success stories as well as some of the pedagogical challenges they have faced.

Virginia Baldwin, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

The Work and Goals of the STS Task Force on Information Literacy in Science & Technology

Powerpoint Presentation

In January of 2002 the Chair of the Science and Technology Section of ACRL, JoAnn DeVries, created the Task Force on Information Literacy for Science and Technology. Charged with identifying information literacy standards, performance indicators, and outcomes patterned after the ACRL standards, the initial five members made many decisions and constructed a process to accomplish the task. Briefly described are the process, the methods of inclusion of a variety of disciplines and the sources of input. Some insight into the purpose and potential collaborative application of the standards will be given. Extensive information on the history and the standards themselves will be presented during the poster session that follows this program.


The following corporate friends provided generous financial funding in support of the ACRL STS program and its New Members Orientation session.We are most appreciative of this support

Cambridge Scientific Abstracts
Elsevier Science, Inc
YBP Library Services
Springer-Verlag NY, Inc

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