In the era of fake news, biased media, and dubious websites, information literacy (IL) has come to the forefront of essential 21st century skills. Whether strating a paper, or attempting to discern the validity of the Facebook meme a friend posted, the ability to find, evaluate, and use information effectively and responsibly has never been more important. We asked academic librarians how they use Credo Online Reference Service and InfoLit Modules in their IL instruction, and this is what they told us:
When Howard University decided it was time to streamline their First Year Experience program and create an FYE librarian, they tasked Niketha McKenzie with creating an instructional platform to ensure incoming students were aware of the library’s resources and services. Professors asked her to use her one-shots to introduce students to the library’s databases, but McKenzie noticed a fundamental gap in students’ readiness to conduct that level of scholarly research.
For many students, the hardest part of writing a paper is getting started. Oftentimes either can’t settle on a topic, or they feel overwhelmed by the volume and complexity of the information out there. We asked librarians to write to us about how Credo helps their students start their research, and this is what we heard back:
Early last year we relaunched our Mind Map visual search tool, and the feedback we’ve received from subscribers has been great. We’re hearing more stories of how librarians use the Mind Map feature in their instruction and reference help. Mary Timmons of Monroe Community College says, “I love the Mind Map - it gives students who just have an idea for a topic a way to focus and narrow the search to give better, and easier, research material that concentrates on what they want to do.” Here are some other stories from librarians about where and how they use this popular feature:
One of the most common concerns we hear from librarians regards how difficult it can be to engage with faculty. This was a distinct takeaway from our booth survey at ACRL, and is something we explored in one of our most popular webinars of last year.
We recently asked librarians to send us their stories of how they put Credo to use helping students. Sol Lopez of Regis University won our contest, and a trip to ALA Chicago, for her submission on how Credo supports her school's first year experience (FYE) program by encouraging students to initiate choosing topics for their research.
According to a report form the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education, "nearly 60% of first-year college students discover that, despite being fully eligible to attend college, they are not ready for postsecondary studies."
Sara Davidson Squibb, Head of User Communication and Instruction at the University of California, Merced, recently hosted a webcast with us where she shared how Credo content can be shared, repurposed and embedded on library guides through the LibGuides platform. Watch the video below to see how she repurposed Credo guides to prepare local Subject Guides. She also talked about how her library pointed students to Credo content on Instruction Guides through search widgets, direct linking to books, and a tutorial for flipped classroom use.
High School librarians Amy Voorhees and Rachel Bielby recently joined us to share how they bridge the gap between library and classroom to prepare students for college-level research. Amy is the library director at Kent School in Kent, Connecticut, and Rachel is the librarian at Sacred Heart-Griffen School in Springfield, Illinois.
An article in the Los Alamos Daily Post describes UNM-LA’s commitment to information literacy instruction and how library director Dennis Davies-Wilson is using Credo's Information Literacy Courseware to improve learning outcomes. As the piece states in its opening sentence, “Students who find themselves swimming in the vast ocean of information while doing research are no longer lost at sea at UNM-LA.”