CARL Conference:Transforming Research into Practice

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Michele Van Hoeck, Instruction Coordinator, California Maritime Academy Library
Ann Roselle, Library Faculty, Phoenix College
Cathy Palmer, Head of Education and Outreach, UC Irvine Libraries

Michele Van Hoeck, Research Analyst for Project Information Literacy and Instruction Coordinator at the California Maritime Academy, used PIL's "Truth Be Told" report to refocus the Library's instruction program. Her presentation will highlight two major PIL findings: students reported the most difficulty getting started with research and students often work collaboratively when evaluating sources. She will describe changes made to curriculum to address these findings, as well as present original results from subsequent assessment of student learning. Ann Roselle of Phoenix College (AZ) in the Maricopa Community College District used PIL's 2010 "Assigning Inquiry" report as the basis for developing an interactive faculty training workshop, a LibGuide, and evaluation tools to create better handouts for course-related research assignments. Her presentation will also include original assessment results on the impact of the workshop. Participants will receive all the necessary materials to implement this workshop at their institutions.

Cathy Palmer, Head of Education and Outreach at the UC Irvine Libraries led Irvine's participation in the Project Information Literacy (PIL) Team content analysis of handouts instructors distribute for course-related research assignments. The PIL study collected 191 handouts from instructors teaching undergraduates at 28 different U.S. institutions of higher education. Six handouts from UC Irvine faculty were included in the study. Her presentation will include details of how the results of UCIrvine's participation were used to inform the design of a major information literacy assessment project undertaken with first year students in 2010-11.