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Information Literacy Student Outcomes

Using these materials, students should be able to...

1. Recognize different areas of the online and physical library space in order to more efficiently utilize appropriate library resources.

 

2. Explain how to use chat reference, librarian office hours, student reference workers, and GoPro! in order to be able to access these services when they are needed.

3. Get their PIN numbers in order to access materials off campus.

 

Using this exercise in UWG 1101

Hello UWG 1101 Instructor!

The library is excited to work with you all on an interactive activity that will allow your students to have a better understanding of what the library is for and how they can use it. This activity will be used in lieu of the face-to-face presentations that the library has traditionally given. This change allows students to explore the library at their own pace and start to create their own research workflow. It also frees up library faculty and staff time so that they can interact with students more on a more meaningful, one-on-one basis.

There are two parts to this exercise:

1. The Amazing Library Race is a self-paced exercise that allows students to discover the library by answering a series of questions. As you will see, this activity allows students to, among other things, get their PIN number (which will allow them to access library materials off campus), learn how to look up and find books in the library, and get research help. We have attached an answer key if you would like students to be able to turn this assignment in for a grade.

There are 5 versions of this assignment in this document to discourage cheating. One version of this assignment is also included in your UWG 1101 text.

2. Map the library! gives students an opportunity to learn about the different areas of the physical library. We suggest splitting the class into groups of three and letting each group map one floor of the library, but you can certainly assign each student to map all three floors. The assignment itself is a blank map with specific questions that correspond to each floor.

You can assign this exercise as homework for students to complete at their leisure, or bring your class into the library during its allotted time. If you choose the latter, please let us know so that we can make library faculty and staff aware, and hopefully have a librarian on hand to greet your students. Both assignments together should take around 50 minutes.

If you'd like us to grade these assignments, simply send the completed assignments through campus mail to Jessica Critten c/o the Library and we will have them back to you in approximately 3 business days. As a heads up: this is also for our own assessment purposes, so we will be making a copy of each assignment for our records and blacking out your students' names. If you aren't grading this assignment, or grading for participation, we'd still appreciate the opportunity to include them in our assessment. 

If you have questions about this assignment or how best to administer it, or if you would like to bring your class into the library at a specific time, contact Jessica Critten, First Year Programs Librarian, Ingram Library: jcritten@westga.edu

 

The Amazing Library Race!

There are 5 versions of the same exercise in one Word document (the exercise itself is one page long.) This is meant to discourage cheating, if you prefer to assign the exercise as an individual assignment.

 

Map the Library!

The teacher instructions are suggestions about ways you might use this assignment. Feel free to adapt the exercise to meet your class needs or time constraints.

*The 'Map the Library* assignment has been updated on 8/28 to reflect recent construction on the 2nd and 3rd floors. 

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