Into the Library, Into the Research
An essential element of inquiry-based learning is helping students take charge of their own research. In this conversational session, we discussed strategies to help students launch independent research projects beginning with specific library-tailored assignments; how to take advantage of library instruction opportunities to enhance students' skills; and how to evaluate students' information research strategies and applications. Attendees brought sample assignments and shared their experiences about collaborations between faculty and librarians.
Professor Douglas L. Johnson, from the Geography Department, introduced one of the strategies he uses for his class "Culture, Place, and Environment" (Geography 017) to get his students into the library.
Professor Marķa Acosta-Cruz, from the Foreign Languages and Literature Department, and librarian Rachael Shea, provided materials they jointly designed to help students taking the class "Eros and Violence: Drama" (Spanish 259) to familiarize with the library. Professor Acosta-Cruz presented a library assignment as well as some tips for students. Librarian Rachael Shea introduced handouts she distributes among students taking this course.