Library instruction does not have to mean a full class session. The library instruction team can support teaching information literacy through discussion posts and short assignments. We can find articles on topics you select for guided database searches. Discussion posts or short assignments are low stakes opportunities to build skills and confidence necessary for college level discourse and writing.
Are you interested in developing information literacy skills with short BB discussions around relevant topical issues?
What if that discussion included a prompt that supported critical reading and thinking, a short written response, based on lite research?
As academic librarians and enthusiastic readers, we want to share articles with faculty and students that are current, readable, and thought provoking. Those qualities apply to every article in “In Her Words” a New York Times column. The articles cover a range of current topics, include interesting, verifiable information, and interviews. Articles from this column can be found by searching the New York Times in the A-Z databases using the terms--in her words (log into MyPath for full access to the NYT link).
Check out the samples to see how BB discussion boards can introduce students to “low stakes” database searching.
The column offers exciting perspectives on current issues to introduce students to databases through guided searching. Instead of linking to an article, link to the NYT database with the suggestion to search for In Her Words and Jill Biden or the title of the article, “An ‘Electrifying’ Economist’s Guide to the Recovery.” Try the search yourself to discover the variety of issues addressed by this column.
The discussion posts include instructions for academic style writing responses.
We can customize these types of lessons to meet your classroom needs. If In Her Words does not fit your course, reach out and we would be happy to find a resource that better fits your class.