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October 2012

The Self Study Report and demonstrating the role of the library

When writing this portion of the Self Study Report, it is tough to demonstrate how the academic library staff have made an impact on information literacy and transferring those skills to students. The link below to the article in Inside Higher Ed by Steve Kolowich sheds a lot of light on why students do not get to the library and when they do do research, these same computer whizzes, do not know how to do effective searches. But then in many cases their teachers have not kept up either. Information formats, search interfaces and database content is a rapidly changing arena, and we all need to do our part to keep up with the trends.

Faculty Engagement

This heading is not a love letter or about marrying an instructor. It is about the importance for libraries to be partners with faculty/instructors through faculty engagement with the library in ensuring student learning outcomes are articulated, met and assessed.  But, maybe it is about relationships.