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.
By Sol M. Lopez, MLIS
ALA annual is so large and broad in scope, and yet manages to offer a handful of specialized workshops for every possible area of the profession. Learning about issues that impact minority academic librarians, what different types of libraries are doing on diversity, inclusion, and equity were among the highlights of my experience.
Brian Coutts and Rosemary Meszaros of Western Kentucky University recently joined us to explore the role of the librarian as scholar. Brian is this year's winner of the Reference and User Services Association's (RUSA) Isador Mudge Award. View the recording here (plus slides).
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.
First year success librarians Raymond Pun and Kate Angell recently spoke about innovative ways they’ve found to engage first year students in their respective libraries. To be clear, in Beyond Information Literacy: 10 Ways to Engage with Your First Year Students, they aren’t talking about bypassing information literacy. In fact, many of these programs and ideas work in tandem with ongoing IL initiatives. Here’s a quick sample of some of their tips, or you can watch the full webinar recording.
Harvard librarian Cheryl LaGuardia recently stopped by to drop some knowledge on the evolving nature of librarianship in the 21st century. No slides, no frills, just two amazing librarians talking about the nature of change, competition from the resources that deliver easy (if not always reliable) information, and what librarians should be doing to stay relevant in the 21st century. Rosemary Meszaros of Western Kentucky University moderates, adding some of her own pithy observations along the way. Some of their discussion touches on:
October 6th and 7th will mark the first ever Credo Education User Summit and Building Learning Communities Forum in Raleigh, NC. Existing and potential Courseware customers are invited to explore innovative ways to build stronger learning communities. Dr. Alison Head of Project Information Literacy will keynote Day 1 of the summit with, "What Happens to Learning After College?" On Day 2, Dr. Brent Keltner of Credo Education will present, "Skills for the New Economy." See the full schedule here.
It's no secret that retention is one of the driving factors when it comes to success in higher ed today. We know that retention is tied in with how well students perform, and that accurate assessment is instrumental in identifying gaps and cultivating student skills. Next month Credo will host librarians from Mount Saint Mary College as they provide the real world examples and outcomes of how they were able to harness some of the most innovative technology to boost learning outcomes and retention.