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Friday, November 8 • 11:30am - 12:15pm
Full Service/Full Circle: Initial Efforts Bear Fruit

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Seton Hall University instructional librarians will discuss their success in revising the first-year English curriculum to include a rigorous information literacy component, wrought largely by their changing the dynamics of the librarian-teaching faculty relationship. In the past, we tried several approaches to engage freshmen in information literacy instruction, including point-of-need instruction, comprehensive introductions to library resources, and the presence of embedded librarians in our Blackboard course module. Although these methods have yielded some success, we have been frustrated by students’ lack of retention of the information taught in these courses. We will discuss how our research and praxis have led us to conclude that information literacy must be imparted by the teaching faculty themselves and that, in order to be effective, information literacy must constitute an important part of the first year reading and writing syllabus. We will talk about the process we used to effect change: the revision of a university wide core curriculum that identified information literacy as an essential core skill for undergraduates, the on-line workshops we held for teaching faculty who were interested in improving their information literacy instructional skills, the impact our Google grant (reported on last year at Charleston) has had on our collaborative efforts with the teaching faculty, the decision by the English faculty to revise the first-year curriculum to focus on the NJLA Information Literacy Standards, and finally, the assessment that a joint team of library and English faculty have begun this year that will measure the information literacy skills of the entire freshman class.We will then engage attendees in a lively discussion about their experiences engaging with teaching faculty. With this discussion, we hope to help facilitate those partnerships.


Beth Bloom

Instruction Librarian and Associate Professor, Seton Hall University
Beth Bloom, Associate Professor/Librarian II, at Seton Hall University,has an MA in Musicology, in addition to her MLS. She is liaison to the departments of art, music, women’s studies, nursing, and various health sciences. She coordinates Bibliographic Instruction and is a co-recipient... Read More →
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Marta Deyrup

Librarian and Professor, Seton Hall University
Marta Deyrup is Professor and Head of Technical Services at Seton Hall University Libraries in South Orange, New Jersey. She holds a MLS from Rutgers University and a PhD from the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Columbia University.

Friday November 8, 2013 11:30am - 12:15pm EST
Laurens Room, Francis Marion Hotel 387 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403

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