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August CRD Virtual Journal Club

August 15, 2022
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I’m writing to share information about the third meeting of the Summer 2022 series of Virtual Journal Club, sponsored by the College & Research Division of the Pennsylvania Library Association! 

We will continue with our theme of faculty perceptions of information literacy. At our meeting on Thursday, August 18th, from 2:00-3:00 pm, we will discuss:

Baird, C., & Soares, T. (2020). Faculty perceptions of students’ IL learning in first-year writing. portal: Libraries and the Academy 20(3), 509-532. doi:10.1353/pla.2020.0028.

Contact me for the details about attending the meeting – akirby@pennhighlands.edu

Last Call for the Affordable Learning PA Summit

August 8, 2022

The fourth annual Affordable Learning PA Summit begins tomorrow and will be held virtually on August 9-10. The ALPA Summit is an opportunity for librarians, faculty, and others to collaborate on building a network dedicated to making higher education in Pennsylvania more accessible and affordable.

The theme of this year’s Summit is “Infrastructure for Affordability.” A variety of presentations, panels, posters, lightning talks, and keynotes will provide opportunities to learn about constructing OER, building networks, blueprints for assessment, pedagogy frameworks, and miscellaneous building materials.

Additional program details and a link to register for the Summit are available at https://alpasummit.learningtimesevents.org/. Registration for attendance at live events is capped at 200 attendees.

Please contact alpa-summit@palci.org with any questions about the program, or go to https://alpasummit.learningtimesevents.org/contact-us/ with technical questions about registration or access to the online conference community.

Affordable Learning PA Summit 2022

August 5, 2022

There’s still time to register for the fourth annual Affordable Learning PA Summit, which will be held virtually on August 9-10, 2022. The ALPA Summit is an opportunity for librarians, faculty, and others to collaborate on building a network dedicated to making higher education in Pennsylvania more accessible and affordable.

The theme of this year’s Summit is “Infrastructure for Affordability.” A variety of presentations, panels, posters, lightning talks, and keynotes will provide opportunities to learn about constructing OER, building networks, blueprints for assessment, pedagogy frameworks, and miscellaneous building materials.

Additional program details and a link to register for the Summit are available at https://alpasummit.learningtimesevents.org/. Registration for attendance at live events is capped at 200 attendees.

If you have questions about the ALPA Summit, please contact alpa-summit@palci.org.

Connect and Communicate Presents:Working with Student Organizations to Enhance Outreach to Underrepresented Groups

August 4, 2022
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August 16, 2022 at 11:30 am EST

Recruiting and retaining a diverse student population is extremely important for any college or university. Students from traditionally underrepresented groups come from a wide array of backgrounds and are able to bring new ideas and new perspectives to existing knowledge. Libraries can play an important role in helping universities welcome these students as well as provide a safe environment that nurtures their growth as researchers and practitioners. The Engineering Library at Penn State — University Park recently created a program to let underrepresented students know of our resources and services and to enlist their help in making those services better, with the assistance of student organizations whose memberships are primarily comprised of these students. Beginning in Fall 2021, we have given multiple groups a month at a time to create displays and events that showcase the contributions of their membership and alumni to Penn State and the engineering field in general, while also allowing other patrons and visitors to get a glimpse into their cultures and history. We will explain how we set the program up, our successes and failures, and where we see our outreach going in the near future.

Registration LinkAugust 16, 2022 at 11:30 am EST

Paul McMonigle is the Engineering Instruction Librarian at Penn State University.

As a reminder, the Zoom link will be sent approximately 48 hours before the session. We will mute participants on entry into the Zoom room. Session will be recorded and available on YouTube after the session. We will enable Zoom’s Live Transcription feature during the session.

If you would like to present with C&CS, please contact the C&CS team.

Topics and Tacos: A Workshop Template for First-Gen Students

August 1, 2022

At Susquehanna University, first-generation college students make up about a third of our student population. I serve on a First-Gen Working Group at SU, and our purpose is to increase awareness and support for these students. When I was asked to serve on the group, I began researching how I could help first-gen students at the library. Most of what I read was that first-gen students tend to avoid asking for help. They assume everyone else knows how college and libraries work, so they try to tough it out on their own.

I decided to break down that barrier and make first-gen students feel more comfortable with the librarians. My hope was that if they saw how friendly we were, then they would be more likely to come to us for help. To accomplish this, I designed a workshop intended for first-gen, first-year and second-year students. I hosted the workshop in the fall ahead of midterms and in the spring before finals. Both workshops were held around dinner time for about an hour. In the fall, we offered walking tacos, and in the spring, we had pizza. While any first- or second-year student could come to the workshop, first-gen students were given priority.

I opened the workshop by discussing some general new services and initiatives the university had implemented for first-gen students. The students were generally not aware of these services, and they were happy to learn about them. After this, I walked them through a paper prompt I had adapted from Teaching Information Literacy: Threshold Concepts Lesson Plans for Librarians (2015, p. 51). So many students were struggling due to pandemic learning, and while many of them had visited the library with their basic English class, they still didn’t seem sure of the overall research process. 

I helped them identify key parts of the paper prompt, and from there, we used Mentimeter to create a word cloud of potential keywords we could search in the library databases. For this activity, I gave them two broad terms, “social media” and “self-esteem,” and they had to submit more specific topics related to those concepts. Once we had some keywords, I demonstrated how we could enter two of these terms into an advanced search. From there, we talked about how to narrow down our topic based off the results we found in our search. I also showed them how to limit the results to peer-reviewed sources or filter by a date range. Once we had determined a research topic together, I gave the group tips on getting the citations and permalinks for the articles to refer to later.

We ended the workshop by encouraging students to share any assignments they were currently working on for a class. Some students didn’t have any, so they finished their food and left. Other students staid for quite a while and allowed us to work one-on-one with them to help identify a topic for their paper and to search for relevant sources. Many of the students who attended expressed how helpful the workshop was, and they recommended we offer it each semester. They were also happy to hear that the library supported first-gen students, and they seemed more comfortable interacting with us as the workshop went on. Hopefully, this meant they would be more eager to come to us for help in the future. We plan on hosting the workshop each fall, as the fall workshop was better attended than the spring one.

References

Bravender, P., McClure, H., & Schaub, G. (Eds.). (2015). Teaching information literacy: Threshold

concepts lesson plans for librarians. Association for College and Research Libraries.