ERIC Number: EJ1062539
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Information Competencies for Chemistry Undergraduates and Related Collaborative Endeavors
Peters, Marion C.
Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, v78 Fall 2014
"Information Competencies for Chemistry Undergraduates: The Elements of Information Literacy", (2012-) now in its second edition and available as a Wikibook since 2012, resulted from collaboration by chemistry librarians participating in several professional organizations. Sections covering a) the library and scientific literature and b) scientific communication and ethical conduct, while developed for those teaching chemistry undergraduates, would be applicable for other science students. In addition, "Further Reading" provides a selection of relevant background documents. Librarians interested in developing information competencies for other scientific disciplines may find it useful to engage in similar efforts, particularly as their institutions and discipline-related societies emphasize information literacy and skills for undergraduate programs. Physics librarians, for example, could find faculty partners in the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) and have contributed in the past to comPADRE, a site for depositing physics teaching resources which includes an information fluency category (Viele 2008). As another model, American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Engineering Libraries Division (ELD) adopted Information Literacy Standards for Science and Engineering/Technology in 2011 "with an additional standard that addresses the importance of entrepreneurial information skills in engineering" (ASEE/ELD Accreditation and Standards Committee 2011). The results, from librarians with subject expertise working collaboratively, benefits those science and engineering librarians covering multiple subject disciplines or new to the profession.
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Majors (Students), Chemistry, Science Education, Competence, Information Literacy, Scientific Literacy, Librarians, Libraries, Search Strategies, College Science, Special Libraries
Science and Technology Section, Association of College and Research Libraries. 50 East Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611. Web site: http://www.istl.org
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A