Kirkwood librarians can support student learning in a number of different ways. Besides providing information resources and helping students one-on-one in the Library, librarians can also do demonstrations or present activities to your classes. To schedule any of the following, or to discuss the needs of your students with a librarian, please use one of the forms at the bottom of this box:
Please request library instruction by using the appropriate online form:
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Kirkwood Library Services provides excellent and professional reference service to students, faculty, and staff in a number of different ways:
The page you're looking at right now was created using a software system called "LibGuides". It features flexible layout, easy updating, and reusable components. The content can also be embedded directly into your Talon courses. If you'd like a page with resources especially for your students, contact a librarian and we'll collaborate with you on locating the best resources for your particular assignments and in designing a page that fits your students' needs.
Examples of some customized pages for Kirkwood classes:
The page we create for your class can feature:
The Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) has created a new (2016) document to guide librarians and faculty in how to support student learning of information literacy skills and habits of thought and practice. Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education outlines core ideas or threshold concepts that can be used to guide the creation of experiences or assignments in any class requiring the use of information. (This document replaces the Information Literacy Competency Standards that had been widely used since 2000, but in practice was difficult to translate into day to day work with students.)
Some great reads by Barbara Fister, from her Library Babel Fish column in Inside Higher Ed:
Project Information Literacy is a series of ongoing "research studies that investigate what it is like being a college student in the digital age," to understand how today's students use information, what their needs are, what strategies they use. These videos each give a entre into research conducted by this group. To find out more, visit their website.