This First Year Seminar Information Literacy Scaffold is designed to help you smoothly and seamlessly incorporate lessons about library research and services throughout your course. The weekly exercises provided follow best practices for remote instruction and can be used whether courses are taught online or in person. Many exercises and tasks will take only a few minutes of students' time, but will save you time both during your planning process and in the classroom. The work will complement your normal classroom activity and help students become independent, proactive library users. Librarians can assist at any stage of this process to help you incorporate information literacy skills into your syllabus, customize research assignments, teach information literacy sessions synchronously or asynchronously, consult with students, and evaluate students' research projects.
To orient yourself to the library's remote services, please watch our brief narrated presentation: Library Research in an Online Environment. For a brief introduction to the types of remote services offered by Archives and Special Collections, watch the brief video Collaboration and Creativity.
The scaffold on the next tab is linked to the Writing Center's "Writing Analytically" sample syllabus so that you can easily combine writing and research exercises to enhance classroom learning experiences.
As you read through the suggested scaffold on the second tab above, keep the following in mind:
For the suggested assignments which are linked and downloadable, the text in bold should be changed to reflect your preferences, course topics and themes, due dates, etc.
Consult with your liaison at least four weeks prior to the start of the fall semester to ensure that all desired online materials can be obtained by the library with unlimited use contracts.
Requests for librarians to teach a session should made at least two weeks in advance to allow for adequate preparation and set up. Liaisons may not be available at a desired time, so please offer several options when making a request for IL sessions.
General information about the library's services and operations during reduced hours can be found on our Covid-19 Updates for the Waidner-Spahr Library guide
Here are some links that can help you use Moodle effectively with this scaffold:
How to embed video tutorials in Moodle https://libguides.dickinson.edu/c.php?g=238387&p=2429288.
Copyright and Fair Use Guide: https://libguides.dickinson.edu/copyright.
In addition, please share the following information about the library with your students:
Use the Ask a Librarian page (https://dickinson.libanswers.com) to contact a librarian for research, academic integrity, and citation assistance.
How to access library material from off campus: https://libguides.dickinson.edu/covid19/onlineaccess.
Your liaison looks forward to working with you this year!