ERIC Number: ED359972
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Jun-29
Reference Count: N/A
Bibliographic Instruction Committee Report.
Fast, Margaret; And Others
The Bibliographic Instruction Committee of the Wichita State (Kansas) University Libraries recommended changes to improve the current bibliographic instruction program for lower division undergraduates. The shortcomings of the current program, one class period in a required English course, were analyzed; and suggestions were made to improve the instruction given to students, who come to the university with a broad range of expertise in library skills. Recommendations include the following: (1) provide multiple options for students to learn about the library; (2) reduce the amount of time that reference librarians spend on undergraduate-level bibliographic instruction, allowing them to develop upper-level and graduate programs; (3) involve all library faculty in the instructional program; (4) allow the library to reach some goals defined by its planning committee, including enhancement of teaching functions; (5) allow the reference department to address issues of more effective strategies for users and increasing demands for bibliographic instruction; and (6) allow the library to meet the research component of the general education guidelines developed for the university by offering the first step in basic library skills and developing some higher-level courses. Appendixes contain sample library skills tests and a list of course outlines from other institutions. (Contains 38 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Advisory Committees, Bibliographies, College Faculty, College Libraries, Course Evaluation, Curriculum Development, Educational Improvement, Educational Objectives, Guidelines, Higher Education, Instructional Effectiveness, Librarians, Library Instruction, Library Services, Library Skills, Reference Services, Teaching Methods, Undergraduate Students
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wichita State Univ., KS. Libraries.