Monday, September 16

4:00 - 5:00 PM - LSFY Meeting "From Shitty Draft to Gilded Commode: Writing as a Process"
Wilson Center

4:00 - 6:00 PM - Faculty Research Forum
Olin 304

4:30 PM - Deadline to submit proposals for NEH Summer Stipend Program to Margaret Farrar

Tuesday, September 17

10:30 AM - Archaeology Program Discussion with Adam Kaul
Evald Great Hall

10:45 AM - Voice Seminar
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

11:30 - 11:50 AM - Tuesday Reflection - Hannah Bohn, '14
Ascension Chapel, Founders Hall, 2nd floor

4:00 - 4:30 PM - Sign Language Table - intermediate
4:30 - 5:00 PM - Sign Language Table - beginner
Center for Student Life, sitting area outside of the multipurpose room

8:00 - 9:00 PM - Guest Artist - Wolfgana David, violin and David Gompper, piano
Free admission
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

Wednesday, September 18

9:30 - 10:30 AM - Microsoft Word Intermediate Training
RSVP to Wendy Ramsdale x 8092
Olin Center 105

5:00 - 8:00 PM - High Tea at the Putnam Museum
Alumni and friends of the college are invited to view the exhibit, "Diana: A Celebration", enjoy refreshments and hear a presentation by Wendy Hilton-Morrow.
$20 for adults; $15 for children
Putman Museum, Lardner Balcony, 1717 E. 12th Street, Davenport, IA

Thursday, September 19

10:30 - 11:30 AM - Faculty Senate Meeting
Hanson Hall of Science 102

11:30 AM - 12:20 PM - The Salon
Brew By the Slough, Tredway Library

4:00 - 5:00 PM - Jane Austen Tea Party
If you have one, bring a favorite Austen novel, or just your favorite Austen scene or quote. There will be tea, scones and lively discussion.
Brew by the Slough Patio, Tredway Library

4:45 - 6:45 PM - Safe Zone Training for Faculty/Staff
Offered to the first 20 people who would like to provide support to LGBTQ students
Old Main 310

5:00 - 8:00 PM - High Tea at the Putnam Museum
Alumni and friends of the college are invited to view the exhibit, "Diana: A Celebration", enjoy refreshments and hear a presentation by Wendy Hilton-Morrow.
$20 for adults; $15 for children
Putman Museum, Lardner Balcony, 1717 E. 12th Street, Davenport, IA

Friday, September 20

4:00 PM - Friday Conversation - Jeff Strasser, Michael Reisner and Amy Bandman present "Assessing Augustana's Sustainability"
3:30 PM - Refreshments
Wilson Center

Saturday, September 21

No events

Sunday, September 22

No events

Volume 12, Issue 4 - September 16, 2013

Tredway Library

Beyond Searching: Librarian/Faculty Collaboration and Student Success

Librarian/faculty collaboration improves outcomes for all--students develop a better sense of the research process, from pre-search to evaluating challenging sources; librarians help students at point of need for the specific research project at hand; and you as faculty partner with experienced librarians who assist you in developing assignments and teaching and assessing information literacy.

Starting with basic research skills in LSFY, and continuing to build discipline-specific skills through majors, library instruction can provide students with skills which will allow them to succeed not just in college but in the workplace and beyond. Librarians do much more than just "finding stuff": we help students narrow topics, develop questions, evaluate sources (and decipher arguments/abstracts), get started when they have no idea what to do! Our ideas about instruction are broad and cover all aspects of the library, so a visit to Special Collections is not "in addition to" information literacy and library sessions. Information literacy includes, for example, learning how to use primary sources in Special Collections. And Special Collections isn't just for upper-level or history classes, just as information literacy instruction isn't just for LSFY students. Special Collections can be a laboratory for working with sources for just about any discipline; library instruction can be an exploration of how to use advanced techniques for in-depth research in the disciplines.  

Library instruction is best tied to a particular assignment, so that students can immediately begin practicing the skills they gain in the library session.  In addition to the content of the library instruction session, the timing of the session and student preparation before it can have a major effect on the success of the session. Plan the timing of instruction sessions carefully. Students should already know about the assignment, and they should be at a point in the term or project where the day's "activity" makes sense. They should also have plenty of time after the session to complete the assignment.

We have prepared a handout emphasizing the most important points about library instruction. You can find it here. Have questions or want to schedule an instruction session? Contact your liaison librarian!