The Library's Role in Ensuring the Success of International Efforts on Campus
March 13, 2012
11 a.m. Pacific | 12:00 p.m. Mountain | 1:00 p.m. Central | 2:00 p.m. Eastern
Description: According to data in the Open Doors 2008 report, the number of international students studying on U.S. campuses is at an all-time high. Approximately 7% of U.S. college students are international students (national average), while on some campuses, as many as 22% of the total student body is international. These students bring with them special skills and insights, but they also present unique challenges for our educational systems. Libraries can play a critical role in connecting these foreign students, not only to our universities and colleges, but also to the information literacy skills they will need to succeed. Many students have not previously had librarians available to assist with their research. It is therefore critical that we clarify the role that libraries and librarians can play in their educational careers.
This webcast will explore the following questions:
- Who are our international students and what makes them unique learners?
- What are some of the best practices for Outreach, Orientation, and Information Literacy Instruction to all international students, and specifically to graduate students?
- What kinds of international activities are taking place on your campus, what campus units or groups work with international students, and how can libraries get involved?
- How can the library get international students themselves involved as partners in services, resources, and peer mentors?
- Recognize the complexities and additional requirements for conducting orientation, outreach, and information literacy instruction to international students studying in the U.S.
- Identify ways to collaborate with campus units and student groups who provide services and resources to international students.
- Define innovative ways to stimulate international student engagement with the academic library..
Presenters: Pam Jackson, Information Literacy Librarian, TV/Film/Theater Liaison, San Diego State University; Patrick Sullivan, Associate Librarian, San Diego State University
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