As a promoter of change through information literacy training, our university library collaborates closely with the university’s Department of Communications Faculty to ensure students understand how to locate appropriate materials for verbal communication. In order for students to engage in effective dialogue, they must have substantiated sources to support their ideas. While most students know how to locate information through Google, they lack an understanding of how to evaluate web sources for valid, credible resources. Furthermore, students have little practice accessing scholarly materials through library subscription databases. Throughout the semester, the librarian meets with several communication classes in order to work towards the creation of speeches supported by credible, timely, and accurate resources.
Phase one of this project was completed in fall 2018 and consisted of one-shot instructions with basic library instruction sessions. Phase two of the project will be completed this spring. The second phase will include multi-session instruction and close follow-up with students on their research.
The poster will display pictures from the sessions, charts showing the quality of student sources before and after information literacy sessions. Additionally, data on student performance on speeches will be presented.
Lacy Wolfe– Information Literary & Reference Services Librarian, Henderson State University