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ERIC Number: ED375841
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Pages: 22
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Integrated Library Instruction for Technology Courses.
Lawson, V. Lonnie; Nicoll, Ted
This description of an integrated library instruction for technology course at Ward Edwards Library, Central Missouri State University (CMSU), begins with an overview of traditional library instruction practices. Problems with the traditional approaches are discussed, and it is suggested that one solution would be to create library instruction that will help students complete assignments for a class. For several years, the Science and Technology Librarian at CMSU has worked closely with the faculty of the Department of Power and Transportation to construct library orientation sessions that would be more meaningful to students enrolled in the department's courses. Students in three courses--Power Mechanics (introductory), Aviation Safety, and Technical Report Writing--attend a library orientation session which covers online computer searching, use of the library online catalog, paper indexes for periodicals, and various CD-ROM databases. More time is spent on the efficient use of CD-ROM database searching for the advanced courses, and students are expected to develop their own search strategies and search several "appropriate" databases. A computer-assisted instruction program is available for use by students in the introductory course as an alternative to the traditional library orientation tour. Students in all three courses receive an assignment that the librarian grades and forwards the grades to the instructors. Over 95% of the class returns the completed assignment, which is equivalent to a major project or test in the course. In response to a survey conducted over several semesters, a large percentage of the students agreed that the library instruction was valuable to them in other courses as well. Copies of sample library assignments and an assessment form are appended. (JLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
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Language: English
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