The Role of the Librarian in Combating Student Plagiarism

acrl e-learning

Live Webcast
October 20, 2009
11 a.m Pacific | 12:00 p.m. Mountain | 1:00 p.m. Central | 2:00 p.m. Eastern

1.5 hours

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Webcast Description:
Like other educators, librarians are aware of the growing instances of student plagiarism and academic dishonesty that take place on college campuses. Librarians frequently anecdotally discuss discipline faculty’s revulsion toward the growth of student plagiarism that has seemingly grown in tandem with our society’s dependence on digital texts found on the Internet. We acknowledge that this problem is often an effective hook to convince reluctant faculty to bring students into the library for instruction.  However once we get these professors and students into our library classrooms, we typically have a hard time presenting curricular content that focuses on anti-plagiarism student learning outcomes and/or developing additional outreach techniques that can be included in information literacy outreach and instruction to both faculty and students.

This session will explore:

  • The role of the academic librarian in combating student plagiarism. 
  • The "culture of copy" that our students inhabit and why plagiarism poses problems for higher education professionals including academic librarians.
  • Why use of discipline based approaches helps combat plagiarism effectively
  • The professional literature on plagiarism from multi-disciplinary viewpoints
  • Effective ways to reach out to faculty grappling with plagiarism issues in their classrooms
  • How to design effective information literacy session assignments to help students understand how they can avoid plagiarism
  • The current limitations of efforts to combat plagiarism within higher education and academic librarianship

This e-learning workshop is adapted from Lynn Lampert’s half-day 2006 Midwinter ACRL Pre-conference entitled, “Combating the Culture of Copy: Information Literacy Interventions for Plagiarism.”

Lynn D. Lampert is the Chair of Reference and Instructional Services and Coordinator of Information Literacy and Instruction at California State University (CSU)-Northridge. She has specialized in the area of information literacy instruction since she began her professional career as an academic librarian in 1998. Before joining the faculty at CSU-Northridge in 2001, she served as a librarian at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, California.

Lynn's most recent writings focusing on issues of academic librarianship and student plagiarism include her book on the topic: Combating Student Plagiarism: An Academic Librarian’s Guide published by Chandos Publishing (Oxford Limited) in July of 2008 and a chapter entitled "Academic Integrity" published in the Information Literacy Instruction Handbook edited by Cox and Lindsay just released by ACRL.  Lynn has also authored articles on the topic including, "The Instruction Librarian’s Role in Discussing Issues of Academic Integrity" which appeared in The LOEX Quarterly in 2006 and “Integrating discipline-based plagiarism instruction into the information literacy curriculum” which appeared in Reference Services Review in December of 2004. 

Lynn has authored many other publications in the field of information literacy, both within and outside the field of library and information science, appearing in such publications as The Reference Librarian, The American Historical Association’s Publication Perspectives, and ACRL’s C&RL News.  She has also recently co-edited Proven Strategies for Building an Information Literacy Program, co-edited with Dr. Susan C. Curzon. She frequently presents on critical issues in information literacy practices and library instructional programming at both the national and regional level.  Lynn is an active member of ACRL’s Instruction Section and the California chapter of ACRL, CARL (California Association of Research Libraries).

Lynn received both her M.L.I.S. in library and information science and her M.A. in history from the University of California-Los Angeles in 1998. She has a B.A. in History from the University of California-Santa Barbara, 1994.

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ACRL member: $50
ALA member: $75
CACUL member: Can$90 (charges will be made in U.S. dollars)
Nonmember: $90
Student: $40

Group*: $295

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