As the new semester approaches and our thoughts turn to innovative ways to teach information literacy, the staff at McPherson College’s Miller Library in Kansas, USA, have come up with one of the most innovative library guides I’ve come across. ‘Library of the Living Dead’ is a library guide in graphic novel format featuring zombies, librarians and two confused students. Here is the blog post announcing the guide – http://blogs.mcpherson.edu/library/2011/03/our-zombie-guide-is-finished/
Please note: Rest assured that WIT Libraries are a zombie free zone!
Take it from us! :
“High School to College” have produced the above video featuring college students giving advice to new students on information literacy. It explains that much more is expected research-wise from students than when they were in school. It also highlights the fact that many school leavers may not have been taught the necessary information literacy skills needed for research at college level. We have seen the same issue here with new first years students who have come to WIT straight after finishing secondary school.
The two main pieces of advice the college students give are: the need to go beyond Google and Wikipedia for research, the realisation that database and scholarly research is needed and the necessity of how to cite properly. This is where the library comes in, as one student on the video comes to understand – “everything I need to write a good paper can be found in the library or on its webpage and librarians can help me out.”
The High School to College is a collaborative network of Western New York high school and college librarians formed to investigate ways to ensure the continuation of information literacy skills between high school and college.
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This blog post from the ACRL blog makes the point that it is better to teach students how to do something rather than doing it for them