Once a quaint notion of learning the card catalog, library instruction has transformed into an essential process in this information era.
In the "old days" information was scarce and was contained within the four walls of the library. No longer.
The Internet is an untamed wilderness of reputable facts and unverified assertions, which is why our librarians incorporate the information literacy standards set forth by the American Library Association. These principles are especially important for Tackling a Wicked Problem and Composition students.
Your department liaison would be happy to arrange a library instruction session for your class.
Each semester, Lamson librarians work individually with Tackling a Wicked Problem instructors to determine the number, duration, and timing of library sessions, each tailored to the needs of the TWP section. Librarians incorporate ALA information literacy standards and other frameworks, such as the seven pillars and the SIFT model. We intend these sessions to be helpful and practical in the context of TWP, but transferable to other courses.
If you are teaching TWP and would like to get in touch with your librarian, please contact us.
We urge you to send us a copy of assignments involving research, so we can best help your students. Encourage your students to Ask a Librarian if they need research advice at any point.
A research assignment will spur students to connect meaningfully with the research tools provided by Lamson Library or the World Wide Web.
Upon completion of the assignment, students will have:
TO HELP ACHIEVE THESE GOALS:
The following recommendations to instructors will enable students to successfully complete a research assignment, particularly the first three:
Your department liaison can offer additional advice on creating assignments.