This poster describes how to engage multilingual students through the creation of digital narratives. The poster will show examples of student work, highlighting how these students created stories based on their own experiences. Storytelling allowed these students to become the expert, to connect their experience to the broader world, and to interact with domestic students in a meaningful way. This project also helped the multilingual students practice important information literacy skills. Students picked a topic, then each met individually with a librarian to work on source selection. This was a chance for the librarian to hone in on what part of their research process needed assistance. In all of these instances, ACRL’s Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education supported and informed the librarian and student interaction. Their narrative required use of authoritative outside sources to support the points being made in the project. Students thought about constructing the narrative and supporting it, harnessing the idea that information creation is a process. Students learned about copyright and Creative Commons licenses in a low pressure situation, starting to discover that information has value. The international and multilingual students flourished, showing their peers something from their own culture, and felt proud to do research on something in their interest area. Students submitted their digital narratives to a campus-wide contest focused on creating community around all of our students, and two of the students from this class were chosen as winners of the contest for their work.
Annie Jansen– Reference and Instruction Librarian, Penn State Brandywine